Netherlands v UAE, World T20, Group B, Sylhet March 17, 2014

Myburgh powers Netherlands to six-wicket win


Netherlands 152 for 4 (Myburgh 55, Tom Cooper 34*) beat UAE 151 (Khurram 31, Shaiman 32, Malik 3-16) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Peter Borren will not have any reason to be "pi**ed off" with his batsmen tonight, the way he had been after they had blown potentially winning positions in both their warm-up matches. When it came to the game that counted, Netherlands, led by their openers, made short work of a potentially tricky target of 152.

Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart took on from where Paul Stirling and William Porterfield had left off earlier in the evening. Ireland had been 61 for 0 after the first six overs of their chase. The Netherlands openers did even better, taking 67 off the fielding restrictions.

By the time Swart top-edged a pull to midwicket, Netherlands needed 83 from 80 balls. Myburgh kept going on, and it needed a suicidal dash for a single to send him back at the midway stage for 55 off 36, with 59 needed from the remaining ten overs.

Myburgh had set about UAE right from the opening over, as Manjula Guruge went for 34 in his first three overs. UAE's seamers did not have the pace to trouble the batsmen but they kept pitching it back of a good length and Myburgh, especially, kept pulling them for fours and sixes. He went so hard at the ball that even a couple of top-edges flew over the wicketkeeper for boundaries.

Amid Myburgh's assault on Guruge, Swart went after left-arm spinner Shadeep Silva, taking 16 in his second over after a tight first one. A short ball was muscled over midwicket and the fuller one next up was sent soaring over the straight boundary.

Although Netherlands had imploded from similar positions in the practice games, there was no looking back after such a start this time. Helped along by a few chances put down by UAE, Netherlands cruised home in the 19th over. Wesley Barresi and the late, controversial replacement Tom Cooper ensured the openers' efforts weren't frittered away and also avoided the kind of late stress Ireland had managed to build for themselves (although Borren did fall cheaply in the 18th over, needlessly ramping a shortish ball to third man).

The game was effectively taken away from UAE by the Netherlands openers, but they would think they should have got more than the 151 they did after choosing to bat. Despite the early loss of their openers, UAE were 79 for 2 in the 11th over, captain Khurram Khan and keeper Swapnil Patil having added 67 off 52.

Both were bowled in the 11th over by Tom Cooper trying late cuts with no room to play the stroke. Rohan Mustafa and Shaiman Anwar put together another partnership, worth 47, but UAE surrendered the advantage again, and there was no comeback from the lower order.

Mustafa was run-out by a direct hit from Borren and Anwar was yorked by Timm van der Gugten. UAE managed only 20 in the last four overs. They had still achieved what they were looking for at the start, but the Netherlands batting was to come good on the night when it mattered.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why 'Ryan ten Doeschate' is not playing in the qualifiers?

  • Dummy on March 18, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Ten doeschate and Nannes (especially tendo ) would have made this team really competitive .Ten doeschate hit two centuries in WC 2011 the only one to do so apart from Tendulkar and AB de Villiers and Mahela .One of his century came against england in which they almost beat them and the other came against a minnow. But still two centuries in a world tournament shows how good you are especially if you share the distinction with likes of AB and Sachin and Mahela .This guy has seriously disappointed .At least he should play major tournaments for Netherlands .A world cup is any day better than any form of domestic cricket even if you are playing for Netherlands. The best player to have never played test cricket in my opinion. Check his stats .He is a genuine allrounder (his batting is better) .He played just a one match for KKR in semi final in which he scored a half century in pressure when likes of Kallis Gambhir failed.

  • Anil on March 18, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    It is unfortunate that teams like Bangladesh, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Netherlands and Afghanistan have to play in qualifiers after qualifying for World Cup, players Ryan Ten doeschate leave their own country to play for other teams because of lack of opportunities at home. ICC should be held responsible for this, instead of promoting expatriates cricket in UAE and Hong Kong, they should focus of Ireland, PNG and Afganistan, where locals show more involvement.

  • Marius on March 18, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    @Farhad Hamid Khan - I'd rate the Cooper brothers (especially Tom) up there with the rest of the Dutch team - and they're based out of Australia. On another note - good win for the Dutch, just a pity it was against a team that really didn't look international standard. But yeah, how good would this team be if Ryan ten Doeschate was in it?

  • Justin on March 18, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    It's a misleading headline. The difference between the two sides was Tom Cooper. It was his two wickets in the 11th over of the UAE innings that changed the course of the game. Khurram Khan and Patil were just starting to cut loose and propel the UAE to a score of 160-180 when they were dismissed, an over from which they never recovered. Tom Cooper than effected a direct-hit run out later in the innings and then played an important innings when he finished unbeaten on 34* off just 26 deliveries to get Holland home. They are certainly a better team with him in it and if only ten Doeschate was also in the team then they could challenge Zimbabwe and Ireland. I don't expect them to get close in either game without him and it'll take more than the presence of Tom Cooper to get them over the line against stronger batting and bowling line-ups and against more competent fielding outfits. Holland's shortcomings will be clear for all to see in the remaining two games.

  • Jon on March 17, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    UAE look incredibly poor. Their fielding was inexcusable. As an associate member you are going to expect slightly lower standards with the bat/ball but they should make every effort to put their bodies on the line in the field. I must say they were dreadful today and got roundly thumped by a Dutch side in a bit of turmoil themselves. Can anyone inform me if Ten Doeschate has retired for Holland?

  • Raj on March 17, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    Wondering why Ryan ten doeschate is not playing for the Netherlands?

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Tom Cooper showing again just what a capable cricketer he is!

  • Dummy on March 17, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    Well done Netherlands, good victory and bit of "revenge" game to get out of the way!! Awesome way to start the tournament! Hup Holland - well done again

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    It must be remembered that the best of Dutch batsmen, with the exception of Doeschate's absence, are South African based including their opener and No.3 batsman. Hence the team aint really very dutch. Would have been more exceptional had they been purely Dutch would have played a bigger role in development of the sport there.

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