Points table: New Zealand consolidate first place in Cricket World Cup 2023 standings | spcilvly

New Zealand beat Netherlands by 99 runs in Cricket World Cup 2023©AFP

New Zealand consolidated top spot in the 2023 Cricket World Cup standings with another impressive victory over the Netherlands on Monday. Mitchell Santner produced a well-rounded performance and Tom Latham played his role to perfection during a brave half-century in which New Zealand emerged victorious by 99 runs. As a result, the Kiwis became the first team to score 4 points and also have an impressive NRR (Net Run Rate) of +1,958. South Africa is in second place with 2 points and an even better NRR of +2.040, while Pakistan and Bangladesh are third and fourth respectively. India remains fifth with an NRR of 0.883.

Mitchell Santner played a blistering innings and then took five wickets to guide New Zealand to a convincing 99-run victory over the Netherlands in a Cricket World Cup match in Hyderabad on Monday.

The 31-year-old left-hander hit 17 balls and 36 not out in New Zealand’s impressive total of 322-7 before reaching figures of 5-59.

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Santner, the first New Zealand player to take five wickets in a World Cup match, dominated the Dutch, who were bowled out for 223 in 46.3 overs.

The victory gave New Zealand two wins in as many games after crushing champions England by nine wickets in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

“We did a great job batting first, we built partnerships at the top and the bowlers did a fantastic job tonight,” Kiwis captain Tom Latham said.

Earlier, opener Will Young, Rachin Ravindra and Latham made half-centuries to anchor New Zealand’s innings after they were sent in to bat.

Young scored an 80-ball 70, captain Latham scored 53 off 46 balls while Ravindra scored a run-a-ball 51.

In the slog overs, Santner hit two sixes and three boundaries to bolster the total.

(With input from the AFP)

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