WI whitewash Netherlands in ODI series...

WI whitewash Netherlands in ODI series

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:52 PM, 5 June 2022  

WI whitewash Netherlands in ODI series

WI whitewash Netherlands in ODI series

West Indies clinched a 3-0 clean sweep of the ODI series against the Netherlands with a tight 20-run victory in the third ODI at Amstelveen.

The win sees West Indies climb the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League table to fourth with 80 points. Netherlands, on the other hand, are at the bottom with 25 points.

Kyle Mayers and Shamarh Brooks scored maiden centuries to help West Indies post a big score, but their total could have been even larger if not for some tight bowling from Ryan Klein.

Klein conceded just 19 from his last three overs, as West Indies could only muster 67 from their final 10 overs with the loss of late wickets also slowing them down.

Mayers and Brooks combined superbly for a 184-run stand for the second wicket, finding the boundary at ease and finishing with a total of 11 sixes between them.

Mayers in particular found scoring easy, with the left-hander smashing eight fours and seven sixes during his entertaining 106-ball stay.

Netherlands were in the hunt for victory for much of their run chase and this was due to a steady knock at the top of the order from right-hander Max O'Dowd.

The 28-year-old put on 98 for the opening wicket alongside Vikramjit Singh (54) and then changed his game somewhat during the middle overs as he attempted to play as the anchor and guide the Dutch team home.

O'Dowd fell in the 43rd over to signal the end for the Netherlands, but not before the opener showed his class with his fifth ODI half-century and highest one-day score of 89.

It was Akeal Hosein that made the crucial breakthrough to dismiss O'Dowd as the West Indies spinner completed a remarkable three matches and rightfully clinched the Player of the Series award.

Hosein finished the series with eight wickets - four more scalps than any other bowler - and looks set to rise up the MRF Tyres rankings for bowlers even further when the next update is released.

The left-armer shot up seven places to 51st on the most recent rankings and another strong showing against the Netherlands could see him jump even higher.

While they ultimately lost the series 3-0 and still remain on the bottom of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League table, there were plenty of positives for Netherlands to take from the three-match series.

We already touched on O'Dowd's stylish knock above and the right-hander finished the series as the leading run-scorer and 179 runs to his name at the top of the Netherlands batting order.

Fellow opener Vikramjit Singh looked solid and finished with 147 runs, while pacer Logan van Beek (four wickets) and youngster Aryan Dutt (three) showed plenty of good signs with the ball.

DailyBangladesh/SA