Tom Latham hits 140 as New Zealand rout Netherland in 2nd ODI in Hamilton.© AFP
New Zealand on Saturday defeated Netherlands by 118 runs because the hosts took an unassailable 2-0 lead within the three-match ODI sequence right here in Hamilton. Tom Latham was the architect of the victory. New Zealand had been in dire straits in opposition to the sprightly opponents, decreased to 89/6 inside 23 overs. Nevertheless, Latham performed the last word captain’s knock, his 123-ball 140* reviving the hosts and ultimately taking them to a mammoth 264/9. His knock – it was his career-best rating in ODI cricket – was laced with 10 fours and 5 sixes. It was his birthday, and he could not have rung in his thirties any higher.
Netherlands faltered of their chase. They had been 4/2 throughout the first two overs – Doug Bracewell and Kyle Jamieson noticed off the openers – and thereafter, it was an uphill battle. There was a preventing second-wicket partnership between Vikramjit Singh and Bas de Leede, the duo placing on 77, however they had been dismissed for 31 and 37 respectively, and Netherlands had no approach again.
They had been bundled out for 146 in 34.1 overs, with Michael Bracewell returning figures of three/21.
The victory meant New Zealand jumped from No.11 to eighth within the ICC Cricket World Cup Tremendous League desk, leapfrogging Pakistan, with 50 factors.
Transient Scores: New Zealand 264/9 (Latham 140*, van Beek 4-56, Klaassen 3-36) vs Netherlands 146/10 (de Leede 37, M Bracewell 3-13, Sodhi 2-17) by 118 runs.
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