The Aussies have won the toss by choosing to bat first v the Netherlands as the openers have fired off well during the first 2-3 overs until Mitchell Marsh mistimed that pull shot where it landed straight up to the fielder. But fortunately, they have made lots of excellent runs in a total of 399/8 with Steve Smith & Marnus Labuschagne both scoring half-centuries, while Dave Warner backed up another 100 before Glenn Maxwell rounded off Australia’s 50-Over batting shift with a quickfire 40-ball century of his own. Then they went on to bowl the Netherlands all out for 90 after just over 21 overs led by spinner Adam Zampa, who once again got his 4fer for 8 runs with the ball, as the Aussies take their 3rd win of the CWC by 309 runs.
It wasn’t an easy day in the office from the Netherlands when they made some early wickets, such as that early Mitchell Marsh dismissal by Colin Ackermann off Logan Van Beek including Roelof Van Der Merwe’s stunning grab that ended Steve Smith’s shift at point – even though his first catch attempt was rejected by the 3rd umpire where it carried into the ground & not covering the whole hand that gave Warner a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off from here with a mix of expansive overs & missed catches while the Aussies including Warner went on to score more runs before they couldn’t do anything about it later on, despite a good 25 runs from opening batter Vikramjit Singh before their quick collapse for the night.
Meanwhile, glad the Aussies quickly moved on from Mitchell Marsh’s early dismissal where Smith & Warner built a great partnership together. Labuschagne also didn’t do bad after the dismissal of Smith where he’s an decent top-order batter as proven in Test Match level, as well as Maxwell, who didn’t hesitate smashing lots of boundaries, where he’s been an unreal white-ball specialist thanks to his quickfire ton. And speaking of white-ball specialists within the Aussie ODI squad, Adam Zampa did well to dismantle the other half of the Netherlands batting card – including the first two being back-to-back wickets within his 2nd over of his spell – after a few of their seamers did well to share a couple early wickets on hand.
These two teams will now play different sides next up on Saturday with the Aussies set for Trans-Tasman rivalry with the Blackcaps from NZ earlier in the day (starting at 4pm in the afternoon AEDT) while the Netherlands v Bangladesh.