Madhevere claims hat-trick as Zimbabwe beat Netherlands by one run in last ball thriller

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Wessly Madhevere celebrates after completing his hatrick which ensured Zimbabwe bounced back to defeat Netherlands by one run on Thursday

Wessly Madhevere became only the third Zimbabwean to take a hat-trick in One Day International (ODI) cricket to inspire the Chevrons to a series-levelling one-run victory against Netherlands in a nail-biting second ODI at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

The result leaves the three-match series alive at 1-1 ahead of the series decided at the same venue on Saturday.

After Zimbabwe had earlier been bowled out for 271 runs in 49.2 overs, the Netherlands were in control at the start of the 44th over, as they needed 59 runs from 42 balls with seven wickets in hand.

Max O’Dowd (81) and Tom Cooper (74) had earlier laid the foundation for what seemed a likely Netherlands win with a second-wicket partnership of 125 off 152 balls.

An inspired Madhevere, who had earlier contributed 43 runs off 50 balls with the bat however, changed the course of the game with the first three balls of his over.

The 22-year-old off-spinner had the dangerous Colin Ackermann, who was well set on 28 runs, stumped by the wicketkeeper Clive Madande.

He followed that up with another superb delivery which cleaned up Netherlands’ centurion in the previous match Teja Nidamanuru for a first-ball duck.

Spurred on by a small but very vocal home crowd Madhevere sealed the hattrick with a sharp turning delivery which dismantled Paul van Meekeren’s stumps for another first-ball duck as  Netherlands slipped from 213 for three to 213 for six.

Madhevere joined Eddo Brandes (1997 against England) and Prosper Utseya (2014 against South Africa), the only other Zimbabwe players with an ODI hat-trick but more importantly put Zimbabwe, who moments earlier has been staring a certain defeat, back in contention.

Sean Williams and Clive Madande’s partnership brought Zimbabwe back into the contest after a middle order collapse

Netherlands captain Scott Edwards hit 36 but his team’s hopes seemed over when he fell to off-spinner Sikandar Raza with 20 runs still needed off nine balls. It came down to 10 needed off the last two balls.

Fred Klaassen hit a six off Tendai Chatara and then drove the last ball into the covers. The batsmen ran two, but Brad Evans’ throw to Chatara left Klein well short of his ground, ensuring Zimbabwe held on for a crucial victory.

Earlier Sean Williams, marked his return from a finger injury, to top-score for Zimbabwe with 77 while Madande (52) struck back-to-back half-centuries.

The pair shared a 104-run stand for the sixth wicket which brought the Chevrons back into the contest after Zimbabwe had collapsed from 61 for one to 120 for five.

The 19-year-old leg-spinner Shariz Ahmad took five wickets for 43 runs for the Netherlands.

SCORES IN BRIEF:

Zimbabwe 271 in 49.2 overs (C. Ervine 39, W. Madhevere 43, S. Williams 77, C. Madande 52; P van Meekeren 2-66, C. Ackermann 2-51, Shariz Ahmad 5-43) v Netherlands 270 in 50 overs (M. O’Dowd 81, T. Cooper 74, S. Edwards 36; S. Raza 3-39, Madhevere 3-36)

Result: Zimbabwe won by one run

 

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