Afghanistan have won the three-match ODI series and white-washed the Netherlands by winning the third match. The Afghans have secured the series by winning the first two games against the Dutch. Yesterday, they won the third match at Asian Town Cricket Stadium. However, despite losing the series, Netherlands player Scott Edwards won the trophy of Player of The Series.
3rd ODI Match
In the third match, Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi won the toss and decided to bat first. But their opening partnership was not good enough. Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who got a century in the 2nd ODI, went back to the pavilion after scoring only 12 runs in the third match. But the other opener, Riaz Hussan, made a partnership of 86 runs with Rahmat Shah. Both batsmen were looking comfortable on the pitch.
In the 28th over, Riaz Hussan lost his wicket to Sadiq Zulfiqar after scoring a half-century. He scored 50 off 75 balls. On the other side, his partner missed the half-century only for two runs. In the 33rd over, Rahmat Shah departed after scoring 48 runs.
However, the Afghan captain couldn’t score a big run for the team. But in the lower order, Afghanistan did a brilliant job. Najibullah Zadran kept the pace of picking runs in the 5th wicket. He scored the highest individual runs for the team. Before losing the wicket, Najibullah Zadran made 71 runs only from 59 balls. He hit eight boundaries and three over boundaries. So, after playing 50 over, Afghanistan scored 254 runs for five wickets.
Chasing 254 runs, the Dutch batsmen couldn’t go far enough. Due to the aggression of the Afghani spinner, Netherlands lost all of their wickets in 179 runs. But it seemed to be a competitive match as both openers started the innings brilliantly. Both openers made a magnificent partnership of 103 runs.
Scott Edwards scored a back-to-back half-century. Before losing the wicket, he picked up 54 runs for the team. On the other side, Colin Ackermann scored 81 runs in the third ODI, which was the highest individual run for the Dutch. But the disaster started when both openers went back to the pavilion. Except for Saqib Zulfiqar, the remaining batsmen failed to cross ten runs. Moreover, two batsmen went back to the dressing room without scoring runs.
As a result, the Netherlands became all-out in 179 runs. Spinner Qais Ahmad picked up three wickets in this match, while Rashid Khan got two. So, Afghanistan won the third ODI and sealed the series against the Dutch.