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Netherlands beat Zimbabwe by 3 wickets in first ODI played in Harare

The visitors won the toss and elected to field first on a wicket which favoured the bowlers in the morning.

Zimbabwe never got going batting-wise as the top order struggled with the short ball losing wickets at regular intervals.

The skipper Craig Ervine was first to return to the hut after scoring only 4 runs and was immediately followed by Gary Ballance who also scored 4 runs.

Innocent Kaia who was looking good perished for 12 runs.

Chevrons were in sorts of trouble as they were 98/7 until a solid 8-wicket partnership of Clive Madande and Wellington Masakadza which scored 70 runs in the process resurrecting their innings.

Masakadza then fell for 34 runs but Richard Ngarava proved to be a worthy partner for Madande as they put on 66 runs for the 9th wicket stand.

Madande was the pick of the batsmen for Zimbabwe as he scored his maiden half-century, ending up with 74 runs from 97 balls as they posted a total of 249.

For the Netherlands, Fred Klaassen was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/41.

The visitors’ chase got to a rocky start as they were at some stage 64/5 with the Zimbabwe bowling attack running riot, but managed to stabilize the innings with a half-century from Colin Ackerman before he was bowled out by Masakadza.

Teja Nidamanuru took the Netherlands home with a fine knock of 110 runs for 96 balls

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