Zimbabwe started their tour with comprehensive six wickets victory over host. Netherlands had forgettable outing in first game but they’ll look to bounce back in second game on Thursday (22 June, 2017).
Netherlands displayed poor batting performance after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Eight batsman didn’t even reached double figure mark including three batsman out on duck. Tendai Chatara and Chris Mpofu ripped apart host batting streak with his fabulous work with ball. Former took five wickets while later registered three wickets to his name.
Host once looked to end their inning before half-century mark but Logan van Beek (83 balls 64) and Timm van der Gugten (58 balls 34 runs) bailed them out of shameful finish. Duo, put on 86 runs partnership for eighth wicket and took total to 142 runs.
Zimbabwe lost four wickets while chasing modest target of 143 runs. Craig Ervine remained highest scorer for visitors with 44 runs off 59 balls followed by Sikandar Raza who remained unbeated at 31 runs.
Shane Snater, medium-pacer provided early breakthrough for Netherlands but runs on the board was not enough. Visitors played in small partnership to reach the target.
Zimbabwe will look to clinch the series in second game while host will play their heart out to save this series.
Netherlands Squad: Stephan Myburgh, Wesley Barresi (wk), Logan van Beek, Ben Cooper, Timm van der Gugten, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Peter Borren (c), Michael Rippon, Shane Snater, Sikander Zulfiqar, Max O’Dowd, Tobias Visee, Saqib Zulfiqar
Zimbabwe Squad: Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl, Peter Moor (wk), Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer (c), Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu, Chamu Chibhabha, Tarisai Musakanda, Richard Ngarava, Donald Tiripano