Ross Taylor took the winning catch in his final international appearance, as New Zealand completed a 3-0 whitewash of Netherlands with a comprehensive 115-run victory at Hamilton's Seddon Park on Monday, April 4.
New Zealand’s sixth straight win in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League helped them leapfrog Pakistan to the eighth position on virtue of a superior Net Run Rate (NRR). Netherlands remain at the bottom of the 13-team table with 25 points from 10 games.
New Zealand consolidated their top position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men's ODI Player Rankings, while Netherlands remain at the 14th spot.
Toss: New Zealand opt to bat
Stephan Myburgh began all guns blazing in Netherland’s run-chase of 334, launching an early assault on New Zealand new-ball pair of Matt Henry and Kyle Jamieson. Playing his final ODI innings, the left-hander struck 64 off 43 in a brisk 81-run opening stand with Max ODowd, before falling to Colin de Grandhomme’s gentle medium pace.
The visitors faltered thereafter, with Matt Henry bagging 4/36 in an innings that folded out for 218 in 42.3 overs. The winning moment fittingly belonged to Ross Taylor, who caught Aryan Dutt's mistimed pull at mid-wicket to draw curtains on a glorious 16-year-long career.
Earlier, Taylor managed 14 off 16 in his final outing, being dismissed caught and bowled by Logan van Beek. That was after Martin Guptill and Will Young’s 203-run second-wicket stand laid the foundation for New Zealand’s impressive first-innings effort of 333/8, with both batters registering hundreds.
Guptill became the fourth New Zealand batter to complete 7,000 ODI runs during his 123-ball 106 – his 17th ODI ton, which now puts him second among New Zealanders after Taylor (21). Young registered his second hundred of the series, striking 120 off 112, which featured six hits to the fence and four over it.
Brings it up with a six!— ICC (@ICC) April 4, 2022
Will Young moves to three figures late in New Zealand's innings against the Netherlands.
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Player of the Match: Will Young – 120 (112)
Player of the Series: Will Young – 224 runs at 112, two hundreds
New Zealand will next tour England for a three-match Test series in June, which will be a part of the ICC Men’s World Test Championship 2023. Netherlands will tour West Indies for three ODIs in May as a part of the CWC Super League.
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