In the initial stages of the match, there was a hint of swing for the new-ball bowlers. Regrettably, bowlers like Ngidi and Gerald Coetzee frequently pitched too short, relinquishing their advantage. South Africa discovered success when they pitched the ball up.

South Africa's fielding performance was atypical and sluggish, particularly in the concluding overs. The grand total of 32 extras given away underscored the lack of discipline exhibited by South Africa's bowlers on a wicket that favoured the seamers.

Netherlands, buoyed by their spirited effort, now holds a genuine belief in their ability to pull off something extraordinary in this match, a sentiment harkening back to Afghanistan's victory over England earlier, proving that runs on the board can be the game-changer.