Netherlands vs Zimbabwe 2nd Match: Mire, Ervine hand Zimbabwe unassailable 2-0 lead

Mire struck eight boundaries and two sixes during his knock of 82

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Solomon Mire and Craig Ervine scored 82 and 77 respectively to lead Zimbabwe to a six-wicket win over the Netherlands via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the second match in Amstelveen.

Electing to bat first, Netherlands openers Stephan Myburgh and Wesley Barresi took the attack to the Zimbabwe bowlers and left them in a spin as they put together a 143-run partnership.

With the Netherlands in complete control, Zimbabwe were in desperate need of a wicket, and it finally came in the 23rd over when Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer dismissed Myburgh for 77, which came off 70 balls and included 13 boundaries and a six.

Ben Cooper fell shortly after, while Barresi ended up making 67 off 91 deliveries, which included five boundaries and two sixes, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Sikandar Raza.

The hosts began to lose wickets at regular intervals after Barresi’s departure, but Logan van Beek and Sikander Zulfiqar helped their side finish on 291/6 courtesy of their unbeaten 56-run partnership.

Van Beek scored 31 off 26 balls, which included a boundary and a six, while Zulfiqar remained undefeated on 28 off 19 deliveries, which included two boundaries and two sixes.

Raza was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Cremer snapped up two and Sean Williams took one.

Chasing 292 to win initially, Zimbabwe lost opener Hamilton Masakadza early on for 15 runs.

However, Mire and Ervine made up for it with a 125-run partnership. But, during their impressive stand, the rain came and Zimbabwe were given a revised target of 229 to win off 37 overs.

Once play resumed, Mire went on to score 82 off 71 balls, which included eight boundaries and two sixes, before he was clean bowled by Michael Rippon.

Ervine proceeded to make 77 off 86 deliveries, which included five boundaries and two sixes, before he was sent packing by Van Beek.

Even though Raza was back in the pavilion not long after, Zimbabwe managed to get across the finish line with an over to spare.

Paul van Meekeren was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Rippon and Van Beek claimed one wicket each.

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