Netherlands v UAE, World T20, Group B, Sylhet March 16, 2014

Netherlands seek batting turnaround


Match facts

March 17, 2014
Start time 1930 local (1330 GMT)

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The scene outside the Sylhet Divisional Stadium was typically subcontinental. Long queues stretched outside the ticket windows, heated arguments ensued when someone tried to sneak in, and there were plenty of security personnel. The only difference was that hosts Bangladesh are not going to play in Sylhet.

Try filling a 14000-capacity stadium in India for a game not involving MS Dhoni's side. Then try doing it for a match involving two Associate teams. Good luck with that. This is what makes Bangladeshis probably the most passionate followers of the game on the subcontinent, and by extension, the world. Teams such as Netherlands and UAE could not have got a hungrier audience.

Peter Borren, the Netherlands captain, said at the press conference that no one would recognise his players on the streets of Amsterdam. They might go unnoticed in Sylhet as well, at least for now, but the crowd will nevertheless appreciate what Borren and his men have to offer.

Borren will hope the offerings do not mirror what his batsmen have dished out in the warm-up matches. Against Hong Kong, they were 84 for 3 in the 12th over chasing 128, and collapsed to 100 all out. Against Afghanistan, they were 49 for 2 in the sixth over chasing 122 in 15, and slumped to 86 all out. An exasperated Borren had said he was pi**ed off with his batsmen. There is no reason for him to have that feeling with a varied attack in which up to eight men can be counted upon to contribute.

Netherlands will need all the contributions they can come up with, for as the UAE captain Khurram Khan said, his side are more used to the slow-and-low tracks that Bangladesh usually offers. While a world event is not exactly unfamiliar territory for Netherlands, UAE will be out to enjoy what Khurram called the "biggest moment" for his players when they walk out under lights on Monday evening.

Watch out for

Given their batting woes in the warm-ups, Netherlands will be glad they will have the services of Tom Cooper, who is an injury replacement for Tim Gruijters. Cooper brings with him years of experience in the Australian domestic circuit, which could prove useful in case Netherlands threaten to implode again.

If the Sylhet pitch plays anywhere close to how Dhaka and Chittagong usually do, the veteran left-arm spinner Shadeep Silva, who began his career in Sri Lanka, should enjoy bowling on it. Another veteran is captain Khurram Khan, who at 42 is still his side's leading batsman. Who said T20 is a young man's game?


Netherlands (from): Peter Borren (capt), Wesley Barresi (wk), Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tom Cooper, Tom Heggelman, Ahsan Malik, Vivian Kingma, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten

UAE (from): Khurram Khan (capt), Ahmed Raza, Amjad Ali, Amjad Javed, Faizan Asif, Manjula Guruge, Kamran Shazad, Moaaz Qazi, Swapnil Patil (wk), Rohan Mustafa, Rohit Singh, Shaiman Anwar, Sharif Asadullah, Vikrant Shetty, Shadeep Silva

Stats and trivia

  • UAE have beaten Netherlands both times the sides have met in this format
  • Netherlands have played once in Bangladesh, against the hosts in the 2011 World Cup in Chittagong. UAE have never played in Bangladesh


    "Cricket is not a very big sport in Holland. Football and hockey are huge. We come here representing a very small cricketing community. We are very proud to do that."
    Peter Borrren

    "If you are living in the UAE, it cannot get bigger than this definitely. Everybody is happy with that."
    Khurram Khan

    Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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    • sachin on March 17, 2014, 12:15 GMT

      @all The Reason why Ryan Ten Doeschate is not playing is because he had made himself unavailable for the qualifying tournament to play in the international t20 leagues. Is a loss for both him and the team. He must be kicking himself looking at the exposure the associate teams are getting in the tournament.

    • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 11:16 GMT

      Where is Ryan Doeschatte ? Why he is included in the team ??

    • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 9:21 GMT

      Why not Ryan Ten Doeschatte not here? anyone knows the reason?

    • Muhammad on March 17, 2014, 8:59 GMT

      The one positive thing I saw in Netherlands is that they fight till the last ball which is a great quality

    • Shafin on March 17, 2014, 8:50 GMT

      Sylhet is supposed to be a spectacular cricket venue!

    • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 8:27 GMT

      Best wishes to the UAE team capable of beating any side at this stage. The team is lucky having a Captain who is the best leader I would say.

    • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 7:23 GMT

      No Ten Doeschatte for Holland? He not playing for them anymore? Big player not to have inthe team.

    • Android on March 17, 2014, 7:04 GMT

      My best wishes to UAE..from India.

    • punith on March 17, 2014, 6:57 GMT

      I wonder where is Ryan ten Doeschate?

    • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 6:21 GMT

      Hi Peter Your team is suffering the same sickness as the Proteas Correct Footwoork is essential to batting. Remember balls are slinged to a batsman at 150kmph There is nou time to correct faulty habbits with footwoork like an open stance. Shots played should always be parralel to a batsman's feet. A Batsman must always step in to the the flightline of the ball either withe the frontfoot or backfoot depending the hight of the ball. A batsman must alwys play forwart to the ball and not backwards. And remember you score always between the sholders and knees.that is wit al vertical bat or a horizontal bat and nothing els. Good luck Ben Erasmus

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