England v Netherlands, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 31, 2014

Bukhari's late bounty

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day on a another famous occasion for Netherlands as they thrash England

Mudassar Bukhari broke his wicket drought for the tournament ... and in some style © AFP

The Mr Cool moment

England's fielding has been woeful for large parts of this tournament, but they managed to produce one gem shortly before flying home. With overs running out Tom Cooper tried to clear the off side but the ball came off the toe of the bat. Still, it looked to be clearing mid-off as Chris Jordan tracked back then stuck out his left hand to cling on. Just to cap the moment he also managed to catch his sunglasses as they fell from his head.


There were, however, reminders of England's woes. Stephen Parry's first ball - his first ball of the tournament - was dragged down short and Wesley Barresi's eyes lit up. He pulled it towards deep midwicket when Michael Lumb misjudged the catch which he would have taken comfortably if stood on the boundary edge. Instead, he leapt one-handed but could only palm the ball over the rope for six.

Drought ending

It had not been a profitable tournament for Mudassar Bukhari who had gone five matches without taking a wicket. He won't be remembered for that now, though. He started England's problems in the chase when he had Michael Lumb taken at cover then trimmed Alex Hales' bails to remove England's top-scorer in the tournament. He later returned to add Stuart Broad to his tally: 3.4-0-12-3 will be an analysis he recalls for the rest of his life

Attacking reward

Since being dismantled for 39, Netherlands have left nothing in the shed. Peter Borren kept the pressure on England at the start of their chase and a smart piece of captaincy brought a handsome reward when, the ball after clipping a boundary through midwicket, Eoin Morgan sent a think edge straight to Borren stationed at around third slip. With Morgan and Hales removed, Netherlands sensed their chance.

Final nail

Ravi Bopara has been designated England's finisher, but on this occasion he just joined the list of England batsmen unable to overcome the slow, cunning Netherlands bowling. Having eked to 18 off 19 balls he then knew he had to find the boundary so heaved Logan van Beek towards deep midwicket but the shot did not have the legs. Pieter Seelaar judged the catch superbly near the boundary and, on holding the chance, made sure he stayed inside the rope.

Fitting finish

Given Netherlands' stunning fielding and England's woeful display, it was apt that the game finished with a shambolic run out. James Tredwell chipped the ball over cover, it landed short of the fielder running in then Tredwell and Stephen Parry ended up in mid-pitch trying for a second run. Netherlands were celebrating almost before the stumps were broken: after that the party could really start.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Team Netherland! I know that you would be reading these words (If Published) and hope that other people who enjoyed your performances would also realize that their comments might be a few words for them but mines of gold for you guys...

    I want to appreciate the way you conduct your team providing entertainment along with the sensible cricket minds following the basics of cricket. What you did in your pre-Group match against Ireland was enough but after getting humiliated by Sri Lanka it is only strong characters that could bounce back. I follow your matches particularly against South Africa and England and believe me; you might be unlucky for not playing in the top tier sooner or later in your whole career again but the way you have played has created RESPECT for you guys in every Cricket Fan's Heart. These are the memories you guys are going to share with your family, children and grand children and boy! You have earned quite a few of them! Thumbs up!

  • No featured comments at the moment.