Afghanistan has clawed their way back into the contest against the Netherlands by scalping four run-outs in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 fixture in Lucknow. The Men In Orange lost wickets in a heap including their influential skipper Scott Edwards. Afghanistan removed two Dutch batters via run-outs in consecutive deliveries. (NED Vs AFG Blog | Streaming | Scorecard | Key Battles | Full Coverage)
The moment happened in the 19th over, when Afghanistan produced a moment of magic. On the third ball of the over, Rashid Khan ran out Colin Ackermann on 29 with a direct throw to the keeper. On the very next ball, Edwards ran down the pitch and couldn't spot the ball as wicket-keeper Ikram Ailkhil grabbed the ball and lifted the bails off the stumps. Edwards was out on the very first ball and registered a golden duck.
The most batters being run out in an innings in an ODI was five during a Australia versus West Indies game in 1975.
Earlier, Netherlands had won the toss and opted to bat on a slow Ekana pitch in Lucknow. Afghanistan brought in Noor Ahmad in place of Naveen Ul Haq, while Netherlands made three changes, replacing opener Vikramjit Singh with Wesley Barresi while Roelof van der Merwe and Saqib Zulfiqar also made it to the playing XI.
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil(w), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad.
Netherlands: Wesley Barresi, Max ODowd, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards(w/c), Bas de Leede, Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren.