Updated: ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points table
Afghanistan advanced to fifth place in the ICC Super League points table on Tuesday. (January 25) with a 75-run win over the Netherlands in the third and final ODI. The Hashmatullah Shahidi-led team dominated the Dutch team in all three departments. Resulting in an emphatic victory. Afghanistan walked away with a 3-0 series victory after winning the previous two games.
In terms of the third ODI, Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat at Doha’s West End Park International Cricket Stadium. As the Netherlands got off to a fast start, opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz perished with only 22 runs on the board. However, Riaz Hussan joined forces with Rahmat Shah, and the pair steadied the ship with an 86-run second-wicket stand.
Najibullah Zadran provided the late impetus, scoring 71 off 59 deliveries. As a result, Afghanistan finished with a total of 254/5 in their allotted 50 overs. Chasing a difficult target, the Netherlands got off to a flying start, with openers Scott Edwards and Colin Ackermann putting on 103 runs for the first wicket. However, as the Dutch team’s batting collapsed, Qais Ahmad and Rashid Khan spun their web in the middle overs.
The Netherlands went on to lose by 75 runs, giving Afghanistan a 3-0 lead in the series. Meanwhile, with this victory, Afghanistan has moved up to fifth place in the ODI Super League points table, having won all six games thus far. The Netherlands, on the other hand, are 13th in the standings, having won only two of their seven games. It should be noted that India, the hosts of the 2023 World Cup, is ranked eighth.
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Meanwhile, Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi lauded Najibullah Zadran and Riaz Hussan for their outstanding performances. “I’d like to congratulate my country on these outstanding victories.” I’m enjoying everything, and it’s been very beneficial to me. We were struggling in the early overs, but I had faith that we could play well in the later overs,” Shahidi said in the post-match interview.