Netherlands vs Zimbabwe 1st Match: Five-star Chatara makes it 1-0 to Zimbabwe

Chatara finished with figures of 5-34 off his 10 overs

Image courtesy of: Zimbio

Zimbabwe pace bowler Tendai Chatara took five wickets to lead his side to a comfortable six-wicket win over the Netherlands in Amstelveen on Tuesday.

Opting to bat first, the Netherlands felt the wrath of Chatara early on as the 26-year-old, with the help of Chris Mpofu, ripped through their top order with ease and reduced them to 40/8 in the 14th over.

Just as the hosts seemed down and out, Logan van Beek and Timm van der Gugten kept Zimbabwe at bay for a while with an 86-run partnership before Van der Gugten was dismissed by Sikandar Raza for 34.

The Netherlands ended up being bowled out for 142 when Paul van Meekeren was removed by Solomon Mire for one run.

Van Beek, meanwhile, was left stranded on a career-best 64 not out, which came off 83 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Chatara was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Mpofu snapped up three, and Mire and Raza chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 143 to win, Zimbabwe lost Mire in the sixth over for eight runs before his opening partner, Hamilton Masakadza, was clean bowled by Van Beek for 26.

Even though Sean Williams was on his way back to the pavilion shortly after, Craig Ervine and Raza stabilised the innings and put Zimbabwe within touching distance of victory with their 48-run stand.

Ervine was ultimately sent packing by Van Meekeren for 44, but Raza’s unbeaten 31 ensured Zimbabwe won the match with 118 balls to spare.

Van Beek, Van Meekeren, Shane Snater and Michael Rippon claimed one wicket each.

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