SA vs NED, ODI World Cup 2023: ‘Proud’ Edwards says Netherlands have semi-finals in thoughts

Netherlands captain Scott Edwards was pleased with his crew after it shocked South Africa in Tuesday’s World Cup match and stated it went into the event with the dream of reaching the final 4.

The solely non-test taking part in nation within the event pulled off a significant upset towards the beforehand unbeaten South Africa, incomes a well-known victory a 12 months after beating the Proteas within the T20 World Cup.

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Edwards led by instance with a captain’s knock of 78 not out that helped the Dutch aspect overcome a high order collapse and put up a complete that remained past South Africa’s attain.

“Proud of the group. Putting in that performance and being able to play my part is nice,” Edwards, named player-of-the-match, stated.

“When we came into the tournament we wanted to have a chance at playing semi-finals and if you want to do that you’ve got to beat teams.

“Obviously South Africa are probably one of the favourites the way they are playing so it is a big win for us.”

The Netherlands had slumped to 82-5 within the twenty first over earlier than Edwards raised 64 fast runs with Roelof van der Merwe (29) and Aryan Dutt smacked three sixes in his 23 not out off 9 balls to assist them to a aggressive 245-8.

On his partnership with Van der Merwe, who additionally claimed two wickets within the match, Edwards stated: “He is good fun to bat with. He runs hard and hits it in quite strange areas, which is good to watch and I’m sure it is from the outside as well.”

His South Africa counterpart Temba Bavuma stated it let the Dutch aspect off the hook.

“At 112-6 we didn’t want to let them get over 200 and we definitely dropped the ball there,” Bavuma stated.

“We’ll have to let the emotion seep in. There is no point trying to forget what happened.”

“It will hurt and it should hurt. Tomorrow we’ll get back on the journey, our campaign is by no means over.”

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