ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 25th match, Group B

India v Netherlands

India won by 5 wickets (with 81 balls remaining)

Right, game time. This is Nitin Sundar on commentary, and Sriram Veera will handle the chat module to begin with. Barresi and Eric Unpronounceable are out there. Zaheer has the new ball. One slip

Jay to the rescue: "Swar-zin-ski. Happy to help."

Arun Parthasarathy: "Examples of unconditional love: Dhoni & Chawla, Dhoni & Joginder Sharma, Dhoni & R P Singh." I am surprised Ravindra Jadeja doesn't figure in this comment.

Sekhar sends in the best question of the day so far: "How do we pronounce Szwarczynski?" Here's the answer - Stand up on a stool, lift your left hand and tilk your head upwards and to the left. Now squint hard and calculate the net run-rate of Netherlands upto the fourth decimal.. Now then.. What was the question again?

Vineet: "Good to see Dhoni not taking Dutch lightly...When these two met in WC in 2003 Indian team had said "We will go all out to beat them" & eventually were all-out for a paltry score!!!!Hope this time its a different story." Yeah, India made 208 in that game, but still won since the the Dutch folded for 130-odd.

Anoop: "I think they are keeping Ashwin as a surprise bowler. See how Imran Tahir and Abdur Rehman gets wickets." Umm, you got to play someone so that he can unleash the surprise..

Right, I am off to update my Fantasy team for today. I'd suggest you do likewise. By the way, this is umpire Steve Davis' 100th ODI.

14:05 Not sure if this is lousy selection as Sidhu puts it, but it sure is baffling. Clearly Ashwin is a part of the plans going into the business end of the tournament, and Chawla has looked off-colour in each game. Well, who knows, he may grab his chance today and then suddenly it would be a MSD masterstroke. Talking of MSD, check out this presser from 3:19. Hilarious.

Toss: Netherlands win and choose to bat. Peter Borren: "We have been a bit disappointing with the bat recently, and we have a chance first up to rectify that. We are excited, and looking to put up a good performance."

Dhoni: "We would have wanted to bat first, since this pitch will slow down as we go. We wanted to bring Nehra in, so Munaf is being left out. Piyush Chawla stays. Compared to Ashwin, Chawla needs more practice so we decided to play him today. Ashwin is mentally stronger, and it doesn't matter against whom he comes in, he will do well." Navjot Sidhu, on air, terms this lousy selection.

Sharda Ugra believes Ashwin must play, but our eye in Delhi, Mr. Nagraj Gollapudi says four Indian bowlers are warming up.. Zaheer and Harbhajan are two of them. Nehra and ... brace yourself for this ... Chawla are the other two. No sign of Munaf or Ashwin. This might be an indicator to the XI likely to play. Hmm. While we wait for the toss, here's Nagraj's preview.

Pitch report: Sunny Gavaskar terms this pitch as "National Highway No. 6". Enough said! "The ball may keep a little low in the second innings, but this is a batsman's pitch alright."

Nice sunny day in the capital, and unlike the other day when Canada and Kenya faced off, the bizarrely shaped straight stands are filled with people. Expect a full house as we get into the evening.

Hello all, welcome to Game 25 at the World Cup. It's Blue v Oranje, live from the Kotla. A win for India today could confirm their spot in the quarterfinals, which is a good box to tick before the pressure games against South Africa and West Indies. Netherlands have fallen away after their impressive start against England .. They may be back to their efficient best today. Toss in about 15 minutes. Think there could be an upset? Go ahead and vote for Netherlands in Pick 'em.

0.1

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, full pitched ball at 136 kph, angling across and ending on off stump, defended off the front foot. Zak is already seeking movement.

0.2

Khan to Szwarczynski, 4 byes, hmm, poor start from Dhoni, Zaheer bowls a full length ball that swings late and slips down the leg side as Eric skips inside the line. Dhoni fluffs the collection

0.3

Khan to Szwarczynski, 2 runs, again on the pads, this time Eric is away with a neat clip through square leg for a couple. Nehra fields - his first World Cup game since the final of 2003.

0.4

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, back of a length from Zaheer, he moves over to the off stump line and Eric defends solidly as he pushes down the track

0.5

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, prodigious swing this time, at 127 kph and straightening through the air as Eric went for an expansive stroke. He curtailed his instinct and defended to the leg side

0.6

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, ends with one that holds its line, Eric sees it closely as lets it go outside off

Ramapriya: "Szwarczynski at least has two vowels; the Eagles producer Szymczyk had none" Lovely.

End of over 1 (6 runs) Netherlands 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
ES Szwarczynski    2* (6b)      Z Khan    1-0-2-0
W Barresi    0* (0b)     

Nehra shares the new ball. India aren't opening with spin, which seems to be the flavour of the World Cup. Slip and short cover in place.

1.1

Nehra to Barresi, no run, full length ball on off stump, Barresi reaches out and defends to the mad at short cover

1.2

Nehra to Barresi, no run, over-pitched on off stump at 131 kph, Nehra is offering them for the drive, but again Barresi finds short cover

1.3

Nehra to Barresi, 2 runs, this time Barresi finds the gap, he drives with opened wrists to elude the man at short cover, and backward cover point dives away to deflect it and keep it to two. No movement for Nehra yet, and he is bowling a foot further than he normall does.

1.4

Nehra to Barresi, no run, full again, Barresi presses forward to defend into the off side

Guruprasad: "@Ramapriya: That is why there was a revolutionary movement to include Y as a vowel in English. The revolution was crushed, but 'Y' got the status of 'semi-vowel'. Not sure if 'Y' is happy."

1.5

Nehra to Barresi, FOUR, slow and sluggish start here from Nehra. He's once again over-pitched, this time on middle and leg, and Barresi has pounced on it with a half step forward and driven crisply to the right of mid off

1.6

Nehra to Barresi, no run, that's the length, Nehra lands it a foot shorter than he has through the over, and gets it to slant across Barresi, eluding his faint poke, but not by much.

End of over 2 (6 runs) Netherlands 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
W Barresi    6* (6b 1x4)      A Nehra    1-0-6-0
ES Szwarczynski    2* (6b)      Z Khan    1-0-2-0

Zaheer moves to round the wicket. Slip has disappeared in a hurry.

2.1

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, over-pitched well wide outside off, crunched without timing towards point

2.2

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, slightly closer to off stump, and not so full, Eric sees it through to the keeper

2.3

Khan to Szwarczynski, FOUR, a shot that underlines just how hopelessly slow this pitch is. Full credit to Eric though, for playing a fine shot. Back of a length, this one hardly takes off from the track, and comes off slowly, Eric's stance is outside the crease and he continues to move down to meet the ball on top of what little bounce is there, and coaxes it in front of square for four

2.4

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, again, no bounce, Dhoni takes it after the second bump as Zaheer keeps it on a length and Eric leaves

2.5

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, Dr. Kotla and Mr. Hyde. This one takes off sprightly from a length and thuds into Dhoni's gloves at waist height.

2.6

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, ends with a confident check drive into the covers as Zaheer again keeps it back of a length. He hasn't moved the ball at this in this over.

End of over 3 (4 runs) Netherlands 16/0 (RR: 5.33)
ES Szwarczynski    6* (12b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-6-0
W Barresi    6* (6b 1x4)      A Nehra    1-0-6-0

Nehra's spell has lasted just one over. Yusuf Pathan comes on now. Slip and leg slip wait.

3.1

Pathan to Barresi, no run, length ball, turning in from off stump, defended to the off side

3.2

Pathan to Barresi, no run, shortens the length on off stump and it is worked back to the bowler

3.3

Pathan to Barresi, 1 run, strays on leg stump, worked off the pads through square leg for one

Anand: "The pitch looks ominous..I can already visualize the ball sneaking under the bat off Sehwag and crashing onto the stumps...oh, the horror.."

3.4

Pathan to Szwarczynski, no run, on leg stump again, Eric looks to play softly to the on side and finds midwicket

3.5

Pathan to Szwarczynski, 1 run, again turning into the pads, Eric tucks it backward of square leg and gets one

3.6

Pathan to Barresi, no run, on off stump to end the over, no width on offer from Yusuf, and Barresi defends back down the track

@Rameshsrivats on Twitter: "Szwarczynski and Eoin should have an exchange deal. Swap a few vowels & consonants."

End of over 4 (2 runs) Netherlands 18/0 (RR: 4.50)
W Barresi    7* (10b 1x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-2-0
ES Szwarczynski    7* (14b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-6-0

Wide slip, short midwicket and a widish third man as Zaheer continues round the wicket.

4.1

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, angles in from wide of the crease, and it is defended from the crease to the leg side

4.2

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, interesting delivery, seemed like a slower ball initially, but it came at 130.8 kph, curling in through the air and ending on the toes, Eric inside-edged the flick onto the pad

4.3

Khan to Szwarczynski, FOUR, nicely done by Eric. Zaheer again slants it into the pads, this time he lands it short of a length, but once again Eric is chipping down the track to make his own pace. He nearly converts it into tha half-volley and on-drives with lovely timing past short midwicket

4.4

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, he walks out again, and gets a proper half volley, but is cramped for room and plays into the covers

4.5

Khan to Szwarczynski, FOUR, hideously lazt start this from India. Back of a length and wide of off stump, Eric looks to steer and gets an under edge that goes between Dhoni and the wide slip. Surely Dhoni could have made a better effort and stopped the ball, but his half-hearted jump is of no use.

4.6

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, ends with a length ball a foot outside off, the damage for the over is already done and Eric lets this go

End of over 5 (8 runs) Netherlands 26/0 (RR: 5.20)
ES Szwarczynski    15* (20b 3x4)      Z Khan    3-0-14-0
W Barresi    7* (10b 1x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-2-0

5.1

Pathan to Barresi, no run, tossed up outside off, Barresi gets to the pitch and defends to the off side

5.2

Pathan to Barresi, no run, aha, Barresi skips out but can't reach the flight and inside edges the loft onto the pad

5.3

Pathan to Barresi, no run, this time on middle and leg, Barresi plays with the spin to the leg side

5.4

Pathan to Barresi, no run, tossed up outside off, Barresi leans out and defends to the off side

5.5

Pathan to Barresi, no run, he strolls out again, but Yusuf cannily holds the length back and forces him to inside edge the force down the ground

5.6

Pathan to Barresi, no run, Yusuf has a maiden, getting one to drift from off to middle and leg, it is worked with the spin to leg slip

Wlocho: "Coming back to the pronunciation of Szwarczynski. It is of Polish origin and should be pronounced more like Shvar-chyn-ski" And what about Wlocho?

End of over 6 (maiden) Netherlands 26/0 (RR: 4.33)
W Barresi    7* (16b 1x4)      YK Pathan    2-1-2-0
ES Szwarczynski    15* (20b 3x4)      Z Khan    3-0-14-0

Harbhajan comes on now. His World Cup numbers are average. Even more average in this World Cup. Slip and leg side, two men out of the leg side.

6.1

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, flighted on off stump, Eric reaches out and works it to the leg side

6.2

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, drift for Harbhajan, nearly foxes Eric there as he curls it from wide of the crease towards middle and leg. Eric flicks too early and the leading edge pops up to the right of the pitch

6.3

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, 1 run, Eric jumps out, almost yorks himself but manages to work with the spin through wide mid on

Jacek: "Y is a vowel in most languages, in English it can be considered either a consonant or a vowel (according to Oxford dictionary). No-one has trouble pronouncing rythm, nymph, my, spy, or xylyl (real word, believe it or not)"

6.4

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 run, Barresi paddles from outside off, nicely controlled shot wide of leg slip for one

6.5

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, the one that goes straight, back of a length and Eric plays back to defend into the off side

6.6

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, 2 runs, again a hint of drift, Eric reads it well this time, doesn't get too far across and flicks from the leg stump line where it lands. A couple of runs, Harbhajan is unhappy with the effort. Nehra was the man at deep midwicket. A mismatch of expectations?

End of over 7 (4 runs) Netherlands 30/0 (RR: 4.28)
ES Szwarczynski    18* (25b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0
W Barresi    8* (17b 1x4)      YK Pathan    2-1-2-0

7.1

Pathan to Barresi, no run, Yusuf bowls the armer it hurries through on off stump and is defended back down the track

7.2

Pathan to Barresi, 1 run, this one drifts onto the pads, and it is clipped backward of square for one

7.3

Pathan to Szwarczynski, 1 run, back of a length outside off, played off the back foot towards mid on

7.4

Pathan to Barresi, no run, more air this time, Borren cleverly works it with the spin through square leg for one more

7.5

Pathan to Barresi, no run, back of a length and forced back uppishly. Still lands safely short of Yusuf

7.6

Pathan to Barresi, 1 run, back of a length again and turning in towards leg, clipped towards midwicket. Another quiet over from Yusuf.

End of over 8 (3 runs) Netherlands 33/0 (RR: 4.12)
W Barresi    10* (22b 1x4)      YK Pathan    3-1-5-0
ES Szwarczynski    19* (26b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 run, lucky. Harbhajan delivers the straighter one, Barresi was no where near spotting it and played for the turn as he advanced and commited to the flick. The top edge popped up and landed safely in the covers.

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, this one is tossed up outside off, and Eric defends cautiously from the pitch of the ball

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, the doosra now, Eric spots it from the track since it is not too full and defends to the off side

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, this one turns down the leg side, Eric tries to dab with the spin but finds midwicket

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, back of a length and turning in from off stump, defended down the pitch

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, another one of 'em straighter ones. Eric jumps out, realises it is going the other way and defends with a straight bat

Ramachandran: "So what would a Cricinfo commentary screen look like just in case, Srilanka and Netherlands play. it will be Initials vs Vowels is it :)"

That would be a Red Letter Day at Cricinfo.

End of over 9 (1 run) Netherlands 34/0 (RR: 3.77)
ES Szwarczynski    19* (31b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-5-0
W Barresi    11* (23b 1x4)      YK Pathan    3-1-5-0

9.1

Pathan to Barresi, no run, Yusuf spears onto the pads, worked again quietly to the leg side

9.2

Pathan to Barresi, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended to the off side

9.3

Pathan to Barresi, FOUR, whoa, was that a chance? Barresi gets a short ball outside off and plays an uppish pull just away from Yuvraj at midwicket

9.4

Pathan to Barresi, no run, fuller this time, defended down the track and Barresi works it back to the bowler

9.5

Pathan to Barresi, no run, he's really firing them in short of driving length, Barresi can't get it away for runs

9.6

Pathan to Barresi, no run, ends with a slower one, fuller and on the stumps, clipped with the spin to the leg side

Vicky: "On the Dutch names... My first manager's name was "Ruijgrok" (To be pronounced as Rou-grok); My first assignment from him was to make me pronounce his name right !!"

End of over 10 (4 runs) Netherlands 38/0 (RR: 3.80)
W Barresi    15* (29b 2x4)      YK Pathan    4-1-9-0
ES Szwarczynski    19* (31b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-5-0

Harbhajan round the wicket. Bowling Powerplay taken.

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, 1 run, straightens from off stump, good delivery, searching for the bat pad gap and nearly finds it. Inside edge squeezes past leg stump wide of leg slip

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, back of a length on off stump, Barresi moves across to off stump and defends

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, once again, Harbhajan gets the straighter one to stop on Barresi, who doesn't spot it and turns the wrists too early. Leadind edge pops up but doesn't go too far.

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 wide, aha, Barresi is looking to outwit Harbhajan with a jump and squeak before the ball comes, and ends up confusing Harbhajan to delivering a wide down the leg side

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 2 runs, flatter and short outside off, Barresi chops it down to third man for a couple

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 run, slower through the air, but on the pads, and it is worked to the leg side

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, again turning in on the pads, and worked with the spin to the leg side.

Barring a couple of deliveries from Harbhajan, India have been flat as beer that was taken out of the fridge yesterday.

End of over 11 (5 runs) Netherlands 43/0 (RR: 3.90)
ES Szwarczynski    20* (33b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-10-0
W Barresi    18* (33b 2x4)      YK Pathan    4-1-9-0

Chawla comes on now. Pressure on him.

11.1

Chawla to Barresi, no run, leggie to start off, lands on a length on off stump and goes away. Defended to the off side

11.2

Chawla to Barresi, no run, good one, slows it through the air and nearly gets Barresi to chip it back at him. Lands just short

11.3

Chawla to Barresi, no run, on leg stump this time, Barresi can't get it away yet

11.4

Chawla to Barresi, 1 run, aha, Chawla nearly strikes as Barresi jumps out too early and gets too close to the ball. He manages to bring the bat down just in time to squeeze an inside egded single to square leg

11.5

Chawla to Szwarczynski, 1 run, appeal for lbw, turned down and given as a leg bye. Dhoni decided to review it. This is going to be interesting. The initial replay suggested there was some glove on it as Eric went for a sweep to a full ball on off stump. If it hadn't hit the glove that would have been out. Now, the umpire says not out. And then says it is not a leg bye. I am stumped. The umpire is confused. He's asks Eric to go back to take strike. Not sure how he can do that. Ah, now he gets it right. Eric gets the single. But it seems unfair that this should cost India a review. The umpire said leg bye, which is what prompted the review in the first place - Dhoni assumed it had hit pad first and hence was in for a chance to get the lbw. Reversing the leg bye and penalising the review that was based on the legb-bye seems unfair. UDRS controversies and India - now that's unconditional love!

11.6

Chawla to Barresi, 1 run, flatter and turning away, eventful over ends with a punch into the covers for one

End of over 12 (3 runs) Netherlands 46/0 (RR: 3.83)
W Barresi    20* (38b 2x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-3-0
ES Szwarczynski    21* (34b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-10-0

12.1

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, tossed up on off stump, Barresi defends down the track

12.2

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, full delivery on the stumps, Barresi can't make contact with the sweep and it bobbles off the pads to slip. Polite lbw appeal, politely turned down

12.3

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, straightens from leg stump, defended to the leg side with the spin

12.4

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run

12.5

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 run, Barresi gets the single this time, controlling the sweep and getting a single through backward square leg

12.6

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, shifts the line to outside off, punched back to the bowler off the front foot

End of over 13 (1 run) Netherlands 47/0 (RR: 3.61)
ES Szwarczynski    21* (35b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-11-0
W Barresi    21* (43b 2x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-3-0

13.1

Chawla to Barresi, no run, flighted on middle and off, far better lengths from Piyush so far today, defended off the front foot down the track

13.2

Chawla to Barresi, no run, again full on the pads, driven down to mid on

13.3

Chawla to Barresi, 1 run, flighted on off stump this time, swept along to square leg for one more.

13.4

Chawla to Szwarczynski, FOUR, lovely shot from Eric to bring up 50. Sunny Gavaskar says that was a fine late cut. It was fine in more senses than one. Flatter leggie from Piyush, lands outside off and breaks away. Eric waits and then deftly opens the face of the bat to send it scurrying down to third man. Tendulkar had no chance to stop that.

13.5

Chawla to Szwarczynski, 1 run, tossed up this time, Eric skips out to the pitch and drives with the spin through mid off for one more

13.6

Chawla to Barresi, no run, too close to cut, just outside off and Barresi gets an under edge that goes away safely as he looks to chop through the off side

End of over 14 (6 runs) Netherlands 53/0 (RR: 3.78)
W Barresi    22* (47b 2x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-9-0
ES Szwarczynski    26* (37b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-11-0

14.1

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, 1 run, tossed up on off, a hint of turn inwards - nothing major - and Eric works it with the spin for a single

14.2

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, fuller and on the stumps, flicked straight to the fielder at midwicket

14.3

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 run, a nothing ball. Drifting down the leg side with the spin from round the wicket. Swept from top of the bounce for a single to deep backward square leg

14.4

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, doosra from over the wicket, this pitch is too slow for that to bother Eric, who defends with consummate ease off the front foot

Round the wicket to Eric now.

14.5

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, 1 run, turning down the leg side, turned with the spin through square leg for one more. India continue to remain flat.

14.6

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, touch of drift towards off stump, Barresi reaches out to smother the inward turn and defend

End of over 15 (3 runs) Netherlands 56/0 (RR: 3.73)
W Barresi    23* (50b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-14-0
ES Szwarczynski    28* (40b 4x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-9-0

15.1

Chawla to Szwarczynski, no run, turning away from off stump, defended with an opened face through backward point

15.2

Chawla to Szwarczynski, OUT, at long last, Piyush Chawla's much feted and much hyped googly has made its presence felt. Anil Kumble would have called that a flipper, but this is Chawla's googly, it is generally shorter in length than the leggie, and skids along with the angle, with slight inward turn. The delivery's hopes of striking hinge on the batsman's propensity to cut. Eric did just that, ambitiously setting himself up for the square cut by getting back and looking to come down on it. He saw it sliding in and tried to arrest the shot and cover the line. Too late. The ball hurries through and thuds into middle and leg. Chawla looks relieved, big break this for him.

ES Szwarczynski b Chawla 28 (59m 42b 4x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

15.3

Chawla to Cooper, no run, the leggie to Cooper first up, straightens from outside off and is defended to the off side

15.4

Chawla to Cooper, no run, tossed up generously and big spin too, Cooper can't connect with the cover drive, Dhoni collects and whips the bails off, but Cooper never left his castle

15.5

Chawla to Cooper, 1 run, too short this time, it is one of his problems - the tendency to drop short now and then. Cooper capitalises by chopping him away through point for a single

15.6

Chawla to Barresi, no run, ends with a fuller one on the stumps, Barresi defends cautiously

End of over 16 (1 run) Netherlands 57/1 (RR: 3.56)
W Barresi    23* (51b 2x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-10-1
TLW Cooper    1* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-14-0

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Cooper, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, on off stump and driven right back at the bowler

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cooper, no run, nice turn, Harbhajan gets one to come in marginally from outside off as Cooper presses forward to defend. Appeal for lbw, but there was an inside edge there.

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Cooper, 1 run, drops shorter and straighter, Cooper gets inside the line anc clips it square for a single

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, fired on the pads at 87 kph, straightening and hitting the front pad, but that was missing leg

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, smart collection from MSD, Harbhajan over-pitches outside off, nearly yorking Barresi who missed the sweep

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, holds it back in the air, Barresi eases the front foot across and works it to the leg side

Sundaram: "Why isn't anyone talking about Harbhajan's performance? His isn't any better than chawla!! In recent times only the econ. rate supports his selection"

End of over 17 (1 run) Netherlands 58/1 (RR: 3.41)
W Barresi    23* (54b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-15-0
TLW Cooper    2* (6b)      PP Chawla    3-0-10-1

17.1

Chawla to Cooper, no run, generous flight outside off, crisp cover drive from Cooper but he finds the fielder

17.2

Chawla to Cooper, 1 run, the short ball now, Cooper prances onto the backfoot and cuts backward of square for one

17.3

Chawla to Barresi, 1 run, flight at 83 kph on off stump, Barresi gets to the pitch and drives against the spin through mid on for one

17.4

Chawla to Cooper, no run, and the googly again, skids in sharply, aiming at the pads, but Cooper spots it and defends from the crease

17.5

Chawla to Cooper, no run, huge legspin this time, Cooper misses the cut as it breaks past him prodigiously

17.6

Chawla to Cooper, no run, tossed up on off stump, Cooper reaches out and defends with the spin

Right, drinks in Delhi. Time to check out our free apps for the iPhone and the Android.

End of over 18 (2 runs) Netherlands 60/1 (RR: 3.33)
TLW Cooper    3* (11b)      PP Chawla    4-0-12-1
W Barresi    24* (55b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-15-0

Right, Yuvraj comes on. Another five-for? He has 99 ODI wickets. And loves bowling at minnows. Slip in place.

Bill: "The Dutch Team is being sponsored by Amul - The Taste of India. Hope they will also taste the might of Indian Batting in the evening"

18.1

Yuvraj Singh to Barresi, 1 run, turn straight away, from back of a length, Barresi stays back and works against the spin through midwicket

18.2

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, 1 run, tossed jup at 79.5 kph on off, driven solidly down to long on for a single

18.3

Yuvraj Singh to Barresi, 1 run, flatter and on the pads, turned away with the angle through square leg for one

Silly mid off trots into place.

18.4

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, straightens from off stump, defended down the track

Aha, Yuvraj lets the ball slip and go backwards. Steve Davis was in the firing line.

18.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, 1 run, this time he lands it on the pitch. Driven with the spin just past short mid off for one

18.6

Yuvraj Singh to Barresi, OUT, Barresi reviews an lbw call. Yuvraj gets one of those innocuous pies to land on off from wide of the crease, and straighten enough to hit middle stump. Umpire Davis did not take long to uphold the appeal. The only bone of contention was whether it hit bat before hitting the pad. Replays show it his the front pad first alright. A 100 ODI wickets for Yuvraj.

W Barresi lbw b Yuvraj Singh 26 (67m 58b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.82

D Shah: "Haaa! Just before the wicket-ball, Dhoni said .."Idhar aaja, yeh badmaash lagg raha hai" (Come here, this guy seems to be a naughty one) LoL.. the stump mic's are awesome!"

Haha, didn't pick it myself, but it is the kind of think you can expect from Dhoni.

End of over 19 (4 runs) Netherlands 64/2 (RR: 3.36)
     Yuvraj Singh    1-0-4-1
TLW Cooper    5* (14b)      PP Chawla    4-0-12-1

RT Tendo is the new man in. Cooper faces though.

19.1

Chawla to Cooper, FOUR, sublime. Chawla is looking ti flight them, and entice the drive. No problems this time for Cooper, he leans out to the pitch and drives smoothly through the covers

19.2

Chawla to Cooper, no run, shortens the length on middle and off, Cooper stays back and defends

19.3

Chawla to Cooper, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Cooper drives through the covers for one more

19.4

Chawla to ten Doeschate, no run, one of 'em deliveries that skids along, Tendo pushes his front foot across and doesn't get bat on it.

19.5

Chawla to ten Doeschate, 1 run, the leggie now, Piyush is mixing them up well, Tendo opens the face and adjusts for the spin to pick a single through cover point

19.6

Chawla to Cooper, no run, another ripping googly that hurries past Cooper in a blink. He though of the cut, the heave, the forced pull, but the ball shot through before he could play any of those.

End of over 20 (6 runs) Netherlands 70/2 (RR: 3.50)
TLW Cooper    10* (18b 1x4)      PP Chawla    5-0-18-1
RN ten Doeschate    1* (2b)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-4-1

20.1

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, no run, looped up slowly on middle and off, defended calmly down the track

20.2

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, no run, Yuvraj spears another one without much spin as Tendo reaches out to defend. Bat first this time. Stifled appeal.

20.3

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, no run, Tendo skips out gingerly, but Yuvraj holds the length well back and forces him to defend in ungainly manner

20.4

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, 1 run, this one drifts in towards the pads and Tendo works to the leg side for one

20.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, Cooper escapes, Raina's thrown to the wrong end. Short ball outside off, dabbed to the right of Raina at point. Cooper thought there was a single. Tendo knew there wasn't one. Cooper was halfway down when Raina collected. He, however, threw to the bowler's end where Tendo was well in.

20.6

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, 1 run, tossed up and breaking away, Cooper plays with an angled face through backward point for one

End of over 21 (2 runs) Netherlands 72/2 (RR: 3.42)
TLW Cooper    11* (20b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-6-1
RN ten Doeschate    2* (6b)      PP Chawla    5-0-18-1

21.1

Chawla to Cooper, no run, flighted on leg stump, defended compactly off the front foot

21.2

Chawla to Cooper, 2 runs, shorter on the pads, Cooper hangs back and whips off his legs to the deep for an easy couple

21.3

Chawla to Cooper, 1 run, misfield from Kohli, the young guns aren't exactly heaping themselves with glory. Cooper drives with the spin through Kohli at cover for one

21.4

Chawla to ten Doeschate, no run, Tendo leans out to cover the deviation of Chawla's ripping leggie and defends to the off side

21.5

Chawla to ten Doeschate, no run, googly this time, Tendo did well to hangs back and spot it. He forces it against the deviation into the off side

21.6

Chawla to ten Doeschate, 1 run, interesting cut from Tendo, moves across to off stump, waits for the turn away and then plays it very late to the left of Raina at point for one

End of over 22 (4 runs) Netherlands 76/2 (RR: 3.45)
RN ten Doeschate    3* (9b)      PP Chawla    6-0-22-1
TLW Cooper    14* (23b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-6-1

22.1

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, no run, Yuvraj again looking for that innocuous lbw, getting one to drift into the line of the stumps and straighten. Defended with bat and pad close together to the off side

22.2

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, no run, Tendo jumps out of the crease and is halfward down when he misses the dab to the leg side and is hit on the pads. Even Yuvraj doesn't appeal.

22.3

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, no run, again, a very late steer to the off side as Yuvraj gets one to go away from him

22.4

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, 1 run, Tendo gets the single, conscious to play with bat in front of pad, poking with the spin into the covers for one

22.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, 2 runs, Yuvraj strays onto the pads, Cooper nudges him delicately through square leg for a couple

22.6

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, Cooper stays beside the line and drives between Yuvraj at silly mid off for another single

End of over 23 (4 runs) Netherlands 80/2 (RR: 3.47)
TLW Cooper    17* (25b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-10-1
RN ten Doeschate    4* (13b)      PP Chawla    6-0-22-1

23.1

Chawla to Cooper, 1 run, Has Chawla put him down? Full delivery on the stumps, Cooper punches it back without quite getting to the pitch and it hurries back towards Chawla who can't hold on. He was surprised, and went with the right hand.

23.2

Chawla to ten Doeschate, no run, tossed up and breaking away, RTD works it with the spin to the off side.

23.3

Chawla to ten Doeschate, no run, the wrong 'un, as always dropped short and allows RTD to go back and work it to the off side

23.4

Chawla to ten Doeschate, 1 run, RTD reaches out to the flight of a delivery outside off stump and gets a single through the off side

23.5

Chawla to Cooper, no run, lovely delivery, Chawla gets one to drift in towards off stump, land and deviate away like a fiend. Cooper did well to not edge it.

23.6

Chawla to Cooper, 1 no ball, over-steps with the googly. Cooper slips straight to midwicket. He'll widn up now.

23.6

Chawla to Cooper, 1 run, gets away with a scratchy short ball well outside off that Cooper doesn't quite carve over the infield. He mistimes into the covers for one and looks at the bottom of the bat.

End of over 24 (4 runs) Netherlands 84/2 (RR: 3.50)
TLW Cooper    19* (29b 1x4)      PP Chawla    7-0-26-1
RN ten Doeschate    5* (16b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-10-1

Sreenath: "I don't know if you guys have noticed this, but there is no Run Rate data on the iPhone app for Cricinfo. Thats like Jurassic Park without dinosaurs!" Nice analogy!~

24.1

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, tossed up on off stump, Cooper reaches out to defend with the spin to the off side

24.2

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, breaking away from off stump, played sedately into the covers

24.3

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, similar line, 83.5 kph and not much turn, Cooper focuses on covering the line and defending.

24.4

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, more air, straightens from leg stump and Cooper defends down the track

24.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, looped up on middle and leg, defended again. Yuvraj on a maiden.

24.6

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, another tough return chance spilled. Again, not even close to easy. Yuvraj tosses up on middle and leg, Cooper slaps it back to his left and very low. Yuvraj gets a hand to it, but can't hold on.

On why I shifted from Tendo to RTD: Some readers were getting confused that I was refering to someone else, with an admittedly lesser ODI average than ten Doeschate. (Runs and hides)

End of over 25 (maiden) Netherlands 84/2 (RR: 3.36)
TLW Cooper    19* (35b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-1-10-1
RN ten Doeschate    5* (16b)      PP Chawla    7-0-26-1

Yusuf comes on with a leg slip in place.

25.1

Pathan to ten Doeschate, no run, slow and turnin in from outside off, defended sedately into the off side

25.2

Pathan to ten Doeschate, no run, Yusuf gets this to break into the pads and it is clipped to the leg side

25.3

Pathan to ten Doeschate, 1 run, RTD skips out, gets to the pitch and closes the face to get a single through midwicket

25.4

Pathan to Cooper, 1 run, short of a length and drifting into the pads, Cooper clips through backward square leg for one

25.5

Pathan to ten Doeschate, FOUR, RTD eases a boundary away. Yuvraj drops marginally short, RTD spots the indiscretion early, rocks back and punches it into the vast untenanted gap in covers for four.

25.6

Pathan to ten Doeschate, no run, fuller this time, RTD covers the line and defends to the off side

End of over 26 (6 runs) Netherlands 90/2 (RR: 3.46)
RN ten Doeschate    10* (21b 1x4)      YK Pathan    5-1-15-0
TLW Cooper    20* (36b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-1-10-1

26.1

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, pre-meditated sweep from Cooper, he was looking to paddle it from short of a length and well outside off. No luck in getting bat on that.

Leg slip comes in.

26.2

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, length ball on the off stump, defended down the track

26.3

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, FOUR, lovely improvisation. Cooper decided early that he was going to play the reverse paddle, Yuvraj helped matters by dropping it full and outside off, Cooper slapped it on the bounce and send it wide of short third man. The ball gathered speed as it went. Harbhajan at short third man did not.

26.4

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, 2 runs, short this time, a little ragged from Yuvraj and Cooper cuts in front of square. Tendulkar does well to run across from deep backward point and keep it to a couple

26.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, 1 run, Cooper gets another single, dabbing into the covers with the spin

26.6

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, no run, Yuvraj ends the over with a ripper that spits past RTD's forward poke. Even Dhoni could not collect that, it spun a mile and some more.

End of over 27 (7 runs) Netherlands 97/2 (RR: 3.59)
RN ten Doeschate    10* (22b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    5-1-17-1
TLW Cooper    27* (41b 2x4)      YK Pathan    5-1-15-0

27.1

Pathan to Cooper, no run, length ball on off stump, worked with the spin to the leg side

27.2

Pathan to Cooper, 1 run, short ball, Cooper pounces on it with the pull and times the shot well. He finds Tendulkar in the deep though

27.3

Pathan to ten Doeschate, no run, polite lbw appeal, Yusuf gets one to come in a touch as RTD presses outside the line. Surely hit him outside the line of off stump

27.4

Pathan to ten Doeschate, no run, similar ball, again RTD gets forward and across to cover the line and play into the covers

27.5

Pathan to ten Doeschate, no run, RTD jumps out and works with the spin, but can't get it past midwicket

27.6

Pathan to ten Doeschate, 1 run, a single from RTD to end the over, over-pitched on the toes and whipped effortlessly to the deep

Hardeep: "RTD is a bloody good name to go out clubbing in NZ as its what all the girls like. Those pre mixed drinks called RTDs "ready to drink"."

End of over 28 (2 runs) Netherlands 99/2 (RR: 3.53)
RN ten Doeschate    11* (26b 1x4)      YK Pathan    6-1-17-0
TLW Cooper    28* (43b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    5-1-17-1

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, no run, back of a length on off stump and defended into the off side

28.2

Yuvraj Singh to ten Doeschate, OUT, Yuvraj does it again. Best spinner in this team? He's done in Netherlands' best batsman with a bit of old-school left-arm spinner's guile. He's got this to dip on RTD after inviting him out of the crease for the loft down the ground. RTD did not realise he wasn't to the pitch of it, until too late, and decided to go through with the shot. He was looking to go leg side, but the extra spin meant that it went off the lower half of the bat, getting a bit of outside edge in the process. He ended up scooping it higher than he wanted, compromising for distance, and playing to towards long off as the bat turned in his hand. Zaheer at long off makes a tough catch look easy, taking it a foot in front of the ropes.

RN ten Doeschate c Khan b Yuvraj Singh 11 (29m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 39.28

28.3

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, sharp turn away from outside off, Cooper can't get bat on it

28.4

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, no run, this one hurries through into the batsman who plays it back to the bowler

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cooper, 1 run, on the pads this time, speared in at good pace and swept away for a single

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to Kervezee, no run, slows it up in the air and gets Kervezee to defend off the front foot

End of over 29 (1 run) Netherlands 100/3 (RR: 3.44)
AN Kervezee    0* (1b)      Yuvraj Singh    6-1-18-2
TLW Cooper    29* (46b 2x4)      YK Pathan    6-1-17-0

Nehra is back. He will hope to have a longer spell now.

29.1

Nehra to Cooper, OUT, Nehra's struck immediately. He's got this oldish ball to nip away from a full length. Was that reverse swing or a good old offcutter? In any case, it was Nehra at his crafty best. Replays indicate it was an offcutter. He bustles in from over the wicket, lands it full and outside off, inviting the drive and then moving off away towards the off side. The deviation is enough to induce an outside edge as Cooper goes for the big cover drive. Dhoni holds the low catch easily. Netherlands are fumbling here.

TLW Cooper c †Dhoni b Nehra 29 (52m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.70

Zuiderant comes in. Dutch veteran. Ian Bishop observes that he's never seen him ever score any runs. Harsh, I'd say.

29.2

Nehra to Zuiderent, no run, again, Nehra gets it to shape away, Zuiderant is crease-bound and poking at it in French cricket style. Miss

29.3

Nehra to Zuiderent, no run, again, Nehra is bowling diagonals across the pitch and it is not easy at the best of times, leave alone when you are new at the crease.

29.4

Nehra to Zuiderent, no run, a minor victory for Zuiderant who gets bat on it, and pokes it to the off side

29.5

Nehra to Zuiderent, no run, fuller length this time, Zuiderant opens the face and dabs it towards point

29.6

Nehra to Zuiderent, no run, another lively offcutter to end the over, moves away prodigiously from leg to off and Zuiderant does well not to get a leading edge as he plays the flick a touch too early

Randy Baptist: "Why is it that you never or hardly ever publish articles/comments critical of India? I have commented throughout this Worl Cup about India unfairly using Raina on a regular basis as a substitute but you never publish my comments. The law must be changed to permit the opposite captain to nominate a player from the bench who may be substituted. The same should apply to runners."

There you go Randy. I have nothing against such comments. Revolutionary, but sure interesting.

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) Netherlands 100/4 (RR: 3.33)
B Zuiderent    0* (5b)      A Nehra    2-1-6-1
AN Kervezee    0* (1b)      Yuvraj Singh    6-1-18-2

Pace from both ends. Zaheer comes round the stumps.

30.1

Khan to Kervezee, no run, angles in from wide of the crease, holds its line after landing on a length and is defended to the off side

30.2

Khan to Kervezee, no run, sharp inward curve this time, Kervezee does well to cover the line and not get the front foot across. Defended down the track.

Over the wicket now.

30.3

Khan to Kervezee, no run, full delivery, looking for the reversing yorker. This one is at 127 kph and lands on a full length. Kervezee plays into the off side

30.4

Khan to Kervezee, no run, this time he moves it the other way from short of a length, Kervezee dabs to the off side and thinks of a single. He changes his mind in time, Kohli collects and throws the stumps down but Kervezee is safe

30.5

Khan to Kervezee, 1 run, the one that holds its line this time, at 133 kph and it gets the outside edge as Kervezee limply hangs an angled bat out. Single to third man

30.6

Khan to Zuiderent, OUT, Zaheer has nailed him, but Zuiderant has reviewed it. Sleight of hand from Zaheer, he's got the ball to do everything except turn back towards him. He runs in with the ball hidden in his hands, not giving away how he's holding it. This one lands back of a length and curls into Zuiderant, who has thrust his front pad forward and in front of the stumps. Danger signs. The ball comes in enough to miss the bat that was hanging in hope next to the pad. Replays vindicate Steve Davis. The seamers have come into their own with the old ball. Maybe India should just open with spinners and use the fast bowlers after 25 overs.

B Zuiderent lbw b Khan 0 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 31 (1 run) Netherlands 101/5 (RR: 3.25)
     Z Khan    4-0-15-1
AN Kervezee    1* (6b)      A Nehra    2-1-6-1

31.1

Nehra to Kervezee, no run, over-pitched outside off, this time Nehra doesn't get it to move, and it is driven without timing to cover

31.2

Nehra to Kervezee, 1 run, full again, 134 kph on middle and off, and it hints at moving away. Kervezee manages to force it back past the bowler for one

31.3

Nehra to de Grooth, no run, this one reverses away, at 130 kph, and de Grooth does well to cover the line with an opened face and play into the off side

31.4

Nehra to de Grooth, no run, back of a length on the stumps, de Grooth stays on the crease and defends to the leg side

31.5

Nehra to de Grooth, no run, looks for the yorker, but lands it at 136 kph on the pads. de Grooth can't get bat on the flick

31.6

Nehra to de Grooth, no run, slower ball, back of a length on the stumps to end the over, defended to the leg side cautiously

End of over 32 (1 run) Netherlands 102/5 (RR: 3.18)
TN de Grooth    0* (4b)      A Nehra    3-1-7-1
AN Kervezee    2* (8b)      Z Khan    4-0-15-1

32.1

Khan to Kervezee, no run, Zaheer continues to get away curve, Kervezee mistimes the drive to the off side

32.2

Khan to Kervezee, no run, back of a length on the pads, worked to the leg side off the back foot

32.3

Khan to Kervezee, no run, yorker, lethal even if at 130 kph. Kervezee manages to get bat on this and toe-end it to midwicket

32.4

Khan to Kervezee, no run, full length at 130 kph, played back down the track to Zaheer

Round the wicket now.

32.5

Khan to Kervezee, 1 run, full pitched outside off, driven into the covers without timing

32.6

Khan to de Grooth, 1 run, ends with one that curves into the toes, de Grooth clips through square leg for a single to end the over

End of over 33 (2 runs) Netherlands 104/5 (RR: 3.15)
TN de Grooth    1* (5b)      Z Khan    5-0-17-1
AN Kervezee    3* (13b)      A Nehra    3-1-7-1

33.1

Nehra to de Grooth, no run, Nehra is doing the exact opposite of what Zaheer is doing. Two left-arm seamers can't be more different if they try to. While Zaheer keeps bringing them in, Nehra keeps tailing them away from the right handers. This time, it is defended as it swerves towards off stump

33.2

Nehra to de Grooth, 2 runs, too ambitious. He lands outside leg and too full, de Grooth clips through square leg for a couple

33.3

Nehra to de Grooth, no run, this one finishes well outside off and is steered with an angled face towards point

33.4

Nehra to de Grooth, no run, off cutter, lands on a length and nips away, defended from the crease to the off side

Saif: "Ian Bishop curse on Zuiderent."

33.5

Nehra to de Grooth, 1 run, the crowd goes bonkers as Sachin has thrown down the stumps. No chance for a run out though, clipped softly through square leg for an easy single

33.6

Nehra to Kervezee, no run, this one keeps low outside off, Kervezee has to adjust and crouch as he defends to the off side

End of over 34 (3 runs) Netherlands 107/5 (RR: 3.14)
AN Kervezee    3* (14b)      A Nehra    4-1-10-1
TN de Grooth    4* (10b)      Z Khan    5-0-17-1

Yuvraj comes back on. The ball has been changed to a newer one. That probably won't reverse so much. Slip and leg slip in.

34.1

Yuvraj Singh to de Grooth, 1 run, full toss on the stumps, but it dips alarmingly and squeezes onto the pads under the attempted sweep

34.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kervezee, OUT, de Grooth is run out. This innings is a complete shambles now, and the packed stands in Kotla will be concerned they won't get to see much of a chase. There was no single there. Kervezee works Yuvraj towards short midwicket and takes off. Chawla at mid-on runs in, collects with one hand and lets rip a throw at Dhoni. It wasn't the best of throws, but it was such a madly judged run that Dhoni had a year to collect and break the stumps. de Grooth started running really late, he knew it was suicidal.

TN de Grooth run out 5 (14m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

Drinks in Delhi. People out there yet to play Fantasy? It's still not late to enter your teams for Fantasy Cricket. There are some cool Canon cameras to be won just for the knockout stage.

34.3

Yuvraj Singh to Borren, no run, tossed up and straightening from middle, defended in an edgy manner down the track

34.4

Yuvraj Singh to Borren, no run, Borren leans out and gets to the pitch of the ball as he defends to the off side

34.5

Yuvraj Singh to Borren, FOUR, well-hit by Borren, and a rare boundary. He drops his front foot across and whacks a flighted ball, in the air over midwicket. The very definition of against the run of play.

34.6

Yuvraj Singh to Borren, 1 run, tossed up on the pads to end the over, Borren gets the front foot across again and paddles backward of square for one

End of over 35 (6 runs) Netherlands 113/6 (RR: 3.22)
PW Borren    5* (4b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    7-1-24-2
AN Kervezee    3* (15b)      A Nehra    4-1-10-1

Harbhajan comes on. Spin from both ends with the newer ball. Slip and leg slip.

35.1

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, topspinner on off stump to begin the over, Borren reaches out and gropes into the forward defensive

35.2

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, comes in with the angle from outside off, defended with the spin to the leg side

35.3

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, huge appeal for lbw from Harbhajan as he gets ont to break in and hit the pad as Borren looks to work it round the corner. Humourous gesture from Dhoni as Bhajji asks if they should review it. Nods his head with a "you got to be kidding" kind of air. It was missing leg alright.

35.4

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 1 leg bye, turns sharply down the leg side and Borren gets a leg bye through fine leg

And extra slip comes in for Kervezee.

35.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kervezee, 1 run, turning into the pads, dabbed with the spin through square leg for one more

35.6

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, tossed up on off to end the over, Borren reaches out to smother the spin

End of over 36 (2 runs) Netherlands 115/6 (RR: 3.19)
PW Borren    5* (9b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-16-0
AN Kervezee    4* (16b)      Yuvraj Singh    7-1-24-2

36.1

Yuvraj Singh to Kervezee, no run, slow and short and turning as the batsman advances. He is forced to defend down the track.

36.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kervezee, FOUR, Kervezee gets four, skipping out and to the leg side, taking him close to the pitch while also giving him the room to swing over the vacant long-on area.

36.3

Yuvraj Singh to Kervezee, 1 run, Yuvraj responds with the skidder that comes in, Kervezee waits and angles it away backward of square leg for one

36.4

Yuvraj Singh to Borren, 1 run, interesting shot from Borren, standing back in the crease and playing a paddle flick of sorts through square leg

36.5

Yuvraj Singh to Kervezee, 1 run, angling into the pads again, Kervezee punches through the straight field for another single

36.6

Yuvraj Singh to Borren, 1 run, good over for the Dutch, Borren plods his front foot to the pitch and dinks a single through mid on

End of over 37 (8 runs) Netherlands 123/6 (RR: 3.32)
PW Borren    7* (11b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    8-1-32-2
AN Kervezee    10* (20b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-16-0

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 1 run, Harbhajan lands this outside leg and gets it to turn further down, flicked with the spin through the leg side for one

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kervezee, no run, drifts this one towards off stump and gets it to straighten, defended down the track from the crease

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kervezee, 1 run, too straight this time, and worked with the spin to the leg side for one more

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, Borren reaches out to the flight outside off and defends into the offside

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 2 runs, nicely whipped by Borren, reaches out and flicks through midwicket for a couple.

More injuries in the World Cup. Imran Tahir has fractured his left thumb. Not sure how long he could be missing in action, if at all.

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, leans out to the flight of a ball on off stump and defends back down the track

End of over 38 (4 runs) Netherlands 127/6 (RR: 3.34)
PW Borren    10* (15b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-20-0
AN Kervezee    11* (22b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    8-1-32-2

Chawla comes on now.

38.1

Chawla to Kervezee, OUT, and Chawla has a wicket first ball. He looks almost embarassed. Harbhajan at midwicket takes the catch at midwicket and must be wondering why he's not getting these freebies. That was dropped in Chawla's half. It was a miracle it did not bounce again before Kervezee hit it. He flat-batted the pull with such blinding ferocious intent that he forgot to place it. He picked out Harbhajan at deep midwicket.

AN Kervezee c Harbhajan Singh b Chawla 11 (45m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.82

One of the most ridiculous balls ever to get a wicket, tweets @prempanicker.

38.2

Chawla to Kruger, 2 byes, not sure what that hit. Googly from Chawla, and on replays a sure edge as he poked for it. Dhoni missed it as it deviated away from him, and they get some runs through third man

38.3

Chawla to Kruger, no run, ripping leggie from outside off, Kruger lets it go

38.4

Chawla to Kruger, 1 run, slides another leggie short and on the pads, it is clipped off the back foot through square leg for a single

38.5

Chawla to Borren, 1 run, awry paddle sweep from Borren, just put his front foot across and planted the bat at an angle. It duly took the top edge, and popped up backward of square on the leg side, but there as no one to catch it

38.6

Chawla to Kruger, no run, straighter one to end the over, hurries through outside off as the batsman leaves

Boll: "Wonder what Ponting`s reaction would be to being runout by 12th man Raina in a knock-out?"

End of over 39 (4 runs) Netherlands 131/7 (RR: 3.35)
BP Kruger    1* (4b)      PP Chawla    8-0-28-2
PW Borren    11* (16b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-20-0

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 1 leg bye, drifting into the pads, Borren reaches across and helps it along through backward square leg for a single. It went off the pad.

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kruger, 1 run, short of a length, floater outside off, punched straight at Chawla who fumbles at point and gives the single away

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, tossed up on off stump, Borren leans out and smothers the spin

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 1 run, turns into the pads this time, Borren dinks it backward of square leg for a single

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kruger, no run, Harbhajan appeals hard for an lbw, umpire says no, Dhoni smiles and says no review, Harbhajan smiles back. Big spinning offie, lands just outside off and bursts in to hit the pad in front of middle. But that was surely going down the leg side. "Beech mein maarna padega," yells Dhoni. ["It needs to hit middle."]

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kruger, no run, fullish ball on off stump, worked with the spin through mid on

End of over 40 (3 runs) Netherlands 134/7 (RR: 3.35)
BP Kruger    2* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-22-0
PW Borren    12* (19b 1x4)      PP Chawla    8-0-28-2

40.1

Chawla to Borren, 1 run, tossed up on off, Borren drives it before it lands through mid off for a single

40.2

Chawla to Kruger, 1 run, over-pitched on middle and off, square-driven with an angled face through point for a single

40.3

Chawla to Borren, no run, flighted leggie on off stump, Borren reaches out and defends to the off side

40.4

Chawla to Borren, no run, Borren did well to get bat, or glove or whatever on that. Googly, hurries in sharply as Borren plays the cut. He was not even near picking it, and it hit the inside edge just before hitting the pad. Borren looks sheepish.

40.5

Chawla to Borren, no run, forces with the spin through the off side

40.6

Chawla to Borren, no run, this one breaks past his prod, Dhoni collects and lets out a long ponderous appeal for caught behind, but it seems to have missed the edge

End of over 41 (2 runs) Netherlands 136/7 (RR: 3.31)
PW Borren    13* (24b 1x4)      PP Chawla    9-0-30-2
BP Kruger    3* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-22-0

Yuvraj comes on.

41.1

Yuvraj Singh to Kruger, no run, loopy delivery on off stump, defended back as it straightens

41.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kruger, 1 run, drifts onto the pads, worked through backward square leg for a single

41.3

Yuvraj Singh to Borren, FOUR, Borren's just managed to get his lofted cover drive over the head of the man standing close in. Looped up on off, he jumped out and looked to carve him inside out. Got just enough bat to ensure he picked four

41.4

Yuvraj Singh to Borren, 2 runs, another adventurous paddle from Borren, leans out and dabs backward of square leg for a couple

41.5

Yuvraj Singh to Borren, no run, this one hurries in with the arm, Borren defends off the front foot

41.6

Yuvraj Singh to Borren, FOUR, Borren's taken a liking to Yuvraj. Gets a fullish ball on the leg stump and responds with a whole-hearted swipe across the line. He timed the hit really well and got it away through midwicket.

End of over 42 (11 runs) Netherlands 147/7 (RR: 3.50)
PW Borren    23* (28b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    9-1-43-2
BP Kruger    4* (10b)      PP Chawla    9-0-30-2

Netherlands have wisely taken the Batting Powerplay. Chawla continues.

42.1

Chawla to Kruger, FOUR, friendly full toss from Chawla to begin the Powerplay, and Kruger gleefully dumps it through the covers after strutting out of the crease. It came at a nice hitting height too.

42.2

Chawla to Kruger, OUT, Another run out, this time Kruger is gone. Chawla lands it this time, but too full and there for the drive. Kruger times the shot well as he advances and flows through the shot, but picks out Kohli inside the circle at cover. He promptly returns to Dhoni who is quick with the collection and removes the bails in a flash.

BP Kruger run out 8 (16m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

42.3

Chawla to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, Bukhari is not going to poke around. Tries to slog his first ball through the leg side, but ended up playing straight to midwicket

42.4

Chawla to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, Chawla gets the length right and gets it to turn away from Bukhari who dabs with the spin into the covers for one

42.5

Chawla to Borren, SIX, Borren has dumped Chawla over long on. Such a free-spirited slog, he just seemed to enjoy lacing into the length ball. Turning away from off and middle, Borren gets the front foot across and thwacks it with a crossed bat over the straight field. As Ravi Shastri would say, "That went, many a mile."

42.6

Chawla to Borren, SIX, another six here. Borrn has ruined Chawla's figures by taking 17 off the final over. This was more of a damage control ball. Flat and full on middle and leg, Borren again swept with power, getting the shot to fly away over midwicket. Fiercely powerful hit.

End of over 43 (17 runs) Netherlands 164/8 (RR: 3.81)
PW Borren    35* (30b 3x4 2x6)      PP Chawla    10-0-47-2
Mudassar Bukhari    1* (2b)      Yuvraj Singh    9-1-43-2

Nehra returns.

43.1

Nehra to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, back of a length to begin the over, Bukhari can't get the single away

43.2

Nehra to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, another dot ball, Bukhari stays on the crease and plays back down the track

43.3

Nehra to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, now he hands it to Borren, gets one on the pads and clips square for a single

43.4

Nehra to Borren, 1 run, slower ball on Borren's pads, he's managed to glance it square for a single

43.5

Nehra to Mudassar Bukhari, SIX, whoa, another six. Netherlands are leaving India oranje-faced with a big sting in the tail. Nehra is still looking for the tight yorker. It doesn't require much to go wrong, for that to end up as a half-volley on the pads. Bukhari got the front foot inside the line and tonked it wildly over long on. Part golf, past cricket.

43.6

Nehra to Mudassar Bukhari, FOUR, aha, bad luck now for Nehra. He delivers a smart offcutter, full on middle and leg stump, Bukhari can't pick it and plays all over it, and ends up getting a leading edge to third man for four

End of over 44 (12 runs) Netherlands 176/8 (RR: 4.00)
Mudassar Bukhari    12* (7b 1x4 1x6)      A Nehra    5-1-22-1
PW Borren    36* (31b 3x4 2x6)      PP Chawla    10-0-47-2

Zaheer comes on now.

44.1

Khan to Borren, 1 run, begins with a near-yorker on Borren's toes, he can't force it away through the off side, but gets a single

44.2

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, another full ball on off stump, Bukhari digs it out to the off side for a single

44.3

Khan to Borren, no run, slow offcutter, Zaheer gets it to nip away from leg stump and Borren plays it uppishly to the leg side.

44.4

Khan to Borren, 1 leg bye, slower ball again, this time he misses the line and lands it on leg stump. Borren tries to shovel it past short fine leg, but can't get the gap

44.5

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, low full toss on off stump, Bukhari is not good enough to get under it and find a way to muscle it into the off side

44.6

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, another low full toss, that's not a bad option in these circumstances. Bukhari drives straight to long off for a single

End of over 45 (4 runs) Netherlands 180/8 (RR: 4.00)
Mudassar Bukhari    14* (10b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    6-0-20-1
PW Borren    37* (34b 3x4 2x6)      A Nehra    5-1-22-1

Harbhajan comes on. Round the wicket.

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, tossed up on middle and off and straightening, defended rom the crease to the leg side

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, Bukhari turns it over, works him with the spin through midwicket for one more

45.3

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 1 run, looped up on leg stump, Borren quietly drives past the bowler for a single

45.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, full toss on the pads, Bukhari swipes it straight to the fielder at midwicket

45.5

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, SIX, India leaking runs like a metro-water lorry in Chennai. Fires it full on leg stump, Bukhari's footwork is good enough to get under it and swing it over midwicket. The crowd is caught between anxiety and cheer.

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 wide, ragged. Harbhajan loses the plot and lands this wide down the leg side

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, ends with a yorker. A rare toe-crusher from an offspinner. Bukhari manages to squeeze it out.

End of over 46 (9 runs) Netherlands 189/8 (RR: 4.10)
Mudassar Bukhari    21* (15b 1x4 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-31-0
PW Borren    38* (35b 3x4 2x6)      Z Khan    6-0-20-1

46.1

Khan to Borren, OUT, Borren summons his inner Dilshan, and plays his own version of the pick-up shot. Or the ramp shot if you will. Pre-meditated though, and that led to his undoing. Back of a length from Zaheer as Borren set himself up for a full delivery. As a result, instead of scooping, he ended up lapping it off the lower end of the bat. Hence it went higher rather than far. Instead of clearing Nehra, it landed in his hands at short fine leg. Good innings from the captain.

PW Borren c Nehra b Khan 38 (46m 36b 3x4 2x6) SR: 105.55

Seelar is the new man in. Last wicket for Netherlands.

46.2

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, yorker first up, on middle and off, Bukhari digs it out

46.3

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, Bukhari plays the pull so early that he gets it out to cover. Short of a length ball from Zaheer, meets Bukhari's swipe rather early and runs away to the off side

46.4

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, OUT, Zaheer has arrested the bleeding and finished off the innings. Despite the late flourish, Netherlands end short of an average score. The fast searing yorker angles across the batsman, there's not much you can attempt with that ball, except the squeezed single to the off side, or a tough-to-pull-off delicate dab to third man. Bukhari just went for the big swipe across the line even as he backed away. Ended up getting an inside edge that clattered onto off stump. India need 190 to win.

Mudassar Bukhari b Khan 21 (20m 18b 1x4 2x6) SR: 116.66

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India won't be too pleased with their show today. Agreed, they are playing a minnow, but they came out looking switched off. Harbhajan began intensely, but slipped too easily into containment mode. Chawla probably had the most to gain from this show, he was markedly better than he was in previous games. Still, there is a propensity to lose the lengths now and then. Zaheer and Nehra bowled really well with the old ball, but there are concerns over what they do with the new cherry in the Powerplays. The fielding was barely adequate.

"The last two balls spoiled mu figures," says a smiling Piyush Chawla. "But I bowled well, my rhythm is back and I am confident going forward."

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Harbhajan Singh went wicketless for the second match running, India v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup, Delhi, March 9, 2011

Harbhajan Singh went wicketless for the second match running

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Yuvraj Singh comes down the wicket, India v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup, Delhi, March 9, 2011

Yuvraj Singh comes down the wicket

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