Netherlands – 140 for 5 in 20 overs: Tom Cooper 72*, Mudassar Bukhari 14*; Prosper Utseya 2-24.
Zimbabwe – 146 for 5 in 20 overs: Brendan Taylor 49, Hamilton Masakadza 43, Sean Williams 26; Pieter Seelaar 2-9
Zimbabwe beat Netherlands by 5 wickets.
Zimbabwe lost a nail-biting match against Ireland on Monday. On Wednesday, they beat the Netherlands in another nail-biting encounter.
Chasing 141 from their 20-overs, Zimbabwe needed one run off the last ball of their group B qualifying match of the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 tournament, at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Bangladesh.
The Netherlands camp was sensing the possibility of a Super Over and yet another giant-slaying act but Vusimuzi Sibanda would not have any of it. The Zimbabwe batsman, who came in down the order at number 6, lifted Ahsan Malik over long on for a maximum, which gave Zimbabwe life in the qualifiers.
Captain Brendan Taylor was a relieved man: “We made it difficult for ourselves. They bowled good areas. I tried to get us as far as we could, and I'm glad we finished it off. We knew we were in with a chance because it can be tough to defend in the evening. Williams and I just wanted to take it to the end, and thankfully Vusi was there to finish it off.”
This was on a day when none of the senior Zimbabwe batsman had accepted responsibility for the chase, with Taylor being dismissed on 49 and Hamilton Masakadza 43 two balls before Elton Chigumbura went for a duck in the 14th over.
Not so the Netherlands, for whom number 5 Tom Cooper finished unbeaten on 72 off 58 balls, nine of them fours and one a six. He anchored an innings that had hung precariously after five overs with four wickets gone for just 35 runs.
The Netherlands won the toss and decided to bat, in the qualifying match that was a must-win for both sides.
Zimbabwe needed to win having lost to Ireland in their first group match on Monday. The Netherlands wanted to win to build on their first victory against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday and stand them in good stead for their last group match, which is against Ireland on Friday.
The winner of the group after the Friday matches proceeds with the winner of the other group into the Super 10 stage, where they will join Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
Zimbabwe will play their last group B qualifying match for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament against the UAE at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Friday.