The third day of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 brought victories for Zimbabwe and Nepal, showcasing their prowess on the cricket field.
Zimbabwe demonstrated an exceptional chase, reaching a target of 316 in just 40.5 overs, while Nepal showcased their strength by comfortably finishing their match against the USA with 42 balls to spare.
In the Cricket World Cup Group A qualifier on Tuesday, Zimbabwe faced the Netherlands and emerged victorious with a comprehensive six-wicket win, largely thanks to the brilliant all-round performance of Sikandar Raza. Raza not only took four wickets but also played an exciting unbeaten innings of 102 runs off just 54 balls, marking the fastest century by a Zimbabwean player in a one-day international.
The Netherlands posted a competitive total of 315 runs for the loss of six wickets, with impressive innings from Vikramjit Singh and captain Scott Edwards, who scored 88 and 83 runs, respectively. In response, Zimbabwe’s openers, Craig Ervine and Joylord Gumbie, provided a solid foundation with scores of 50 and 40 runs. Sean Williams then played a pivotal role, smashing 91 runs off 58 balls to secure Zimbabwe’s victory.