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Bangladesh v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup 2011, Chittagong

Borren rues dot balls and run-outs

Sidharth Monga in Chittagong

March 14, 2011

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There is an image that kept repeating itself, and summed up Netherlands' game today. Their batsmen often found the length and width to cut, but kept hitting the ball in front of square, to cover-point. It resulted in a statistic that sums up their game: 185 dot balls out of the 278 they faced. In their first game of the tournament, when Netherlands scored 292 against England they faced 150 dot balls out of 305. Not only did they not last their full 50 overs, Netherlands scored off 35 balls fewer.

It wasn't easy for Netherlands. They were playing in Bangladesh for the first time, and no matter how much training you do on tailored pitches, batting on such slow tracks against pretty accurate and smart spinners is tough. More often than not, you don't succeed in your first attempt, as Netherlands found out. They tried to manufacture shots against the seam bowlers when the ball was new and hard and the fields up. They even sent in a pinch hitter at the fall of the first wicket. It didn't work.

"Our ratio between runs and dot balls, and singles and boundaries was too low today," Peter Borren, their captain, said. "We need to rotate the strike better. It is difficult here in these conditions, on this wicket, against the spinners, not as easy to rotate the strike as what we normally find. So this is something we have really tried hard to work on, and we came out short today.

"It's hard to practise for those conditions that we came out against today. Three left-arm spinners on a very, very slow wicket, trying to rotate the strike - I think the guys found it difficult, and if guys get in, they find it a little easier. It's always difficult to start with. Once you are in, it's easier. Today we got in a little bit, and then got out. Struggled to rotate the strike a bit."


Ryan ten Doeschate resisted with a half-century, Bangladesh v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup 2011, Chittagong, March 14, 2011
The steady loss of wickets denied Ryan ten Doeschate the opportunity to take the batting Powerplay earlier than the 44th over © Getty Images
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Netherlands let themselves down with four run-outs and batsmen not converting starts into big scores. They would find it hard to blame themselves for two of those run-outs. One was a deflection off the bowler's hand onto the non-striker's stumps, and the other came out of confusion, with Ryan ten Doeschate trying to farm the strike with the No. 11.

"What happens is it takes time to get in against the spinners on slow wickets," Borren said. "It takes a little bit of getting used to. Today, every time we looked like getting a little bit used to it, we lost a wicket. Four run-outs, which was pretty crucial. It was hard work, the wicket was hard with their bowlers."

The regular fall of wickets meant Netherlands could never really use the batting Powerplay. On the face, it might have seemed ten Doeschate missed a trick by not calling for the Powerplay earlier than he eventually did, in the 44th over with nine wickets down, but to be fair to him there never were two batsmen set enough to utilise it. It could be argued that big batsmen take the risk and the responsibility alone in these situations, but perhaps the need to last the full 50 overs played on ten Doeschate's mind. He stayed unbeaten on 53.

"We kept losing wickets at crucial times," Borren said. "You try and form a partnership between a couple of guys so they are both comfortable, and then you might take the Powerplay. We left the Powerplay till too late, we were nine down when we took it. The reason we didn't take it earlier was, we were trying to build partnerships, and just kept failing to do that. Run-outs, a couple of poor dismissals - four run-outs, it's pretty criminal at this level, and something we are really disappointed with."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 5 
Posted by Meety on (March 16, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

@Nihad Kabir - I think if the Dutch had scored a few more runs (40), this would of been a much closer game. I agree that Run-outs were the decisive factor, but I also think strategically, not taking the Batting PP about 5 or 6 overs earlier cost the Dutch big time. The run-out of Cooper was massive in the context of the game, he look set & very comfortable, as ten-doeschete ended up with a 50, those two could of guided the Dutch closer to 250. They didn't - so well done Bangars! @bdcricketfan - pls don't take it so personal if the Bangas win & its called an upset. If NZ beats a test team its often an "upset". If SL beat Oz or India it will be called an upset & they are 3rd on the rankings. Yeah they probably shouldn't be called minnows anymore, but they are still have a long way to go to be a force in World Cricket. They are part of the way there with Tamim, Shakib & Razzak.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 14, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

Bangladesh as a team made the match look very easy. Shafiul was very impressive with the ball even though he didnt take any wickets.In fact all the bowlers did a very good job and makes you wish BD should have chosen to bat against WI first. However there is still some work to do. Running between wickets still needs to be smoother. Tamim ... What's going on with you and ducks (we want our Tiger back!), Shakib ... shot selection ... no! Mushifiqur ... lose the attitude and if you have one at least catch the ball! Razzak ... Good bowling but please catch the ball for the other bowlers (you were lucky this time due to the wicket going next ball!). Still all good, SA watch out!

Posted by dulabhai on (March 14, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

This match shows the difference between BD and other non-test playing countries. Please don't call them minnows anymore. And don't call it an upset if they beat other test playing countries.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

Well Ireland is not strong enough to defeat Bangladesh in their home soil right at the moment

Posted by   on (March 14, 2011, 13:25 GMT)

I think I am missing something here. Whatever runs were scored by the Netherlands, were scored off the spinners. The seamers bowled 18.2 overs for 50 runs. Shafiul bowled 9.2 overs with three maidens and gave away 19 runs. The 4 run outs were really the decisive factor. Netherlands did not bat well, against seam or spin - and that's the story.

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