Ireland v Netherlands, World T20, Group B, Sylhet

Netherlands stun rivals to qualify

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

March 21, 2014

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Netherlands 193 for 4 (Myburgh 63, Cooper 45, Barresi 40*) beat Ireland 189 for 4 (Poynter 57, Porterfield 47) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Wasn't thinking about merely winning - Myburgh

Netherlands pulled off one of the best chases in Twenty20 cricket, chasing 190 in 13.5 overs to break the hearts of their opponents Ireland and Group B rivals Zimbabwe, who were watching with bated breath, to progress to the Super 10 of the World T20. Netherlands needed to achieve the formidable target in 14.2 overs to vault from No. 3 to No. 1 in the group on net run-rate, which meant they had to bat in high gear throughout.

Stephan Myburgh gave Netherlands belief that they could pull it off with an electric fifty; Tom Cooper proved the team had the back-up after Myburgh departed, and the final flourish was delivered by Wesley Barresi, who ensured qualification with a massive six over midwicket with three balls left.

After Cooper blazed six sixes in his 45, he pulled a short one from Tim Murtagh to Kevin O'Brien at deep square leg, giving Ireland a lifeline when they desperately needed one. Netherlands were anyway coasting towards the target, needing 29 off 52 balls but merely attaining it wasn't going to bring a smile to their faces. What mattered was if they could attain it in the next 18 balls. Only three more runs were scored when that Murtagh over ended, piling on the anxiety for Netherlands.

The first three balls in the next over were uneventful for Netherlands but it all changed when Barresi edged O'Brien to the third-man boundary. Two balls later, Ben Cooper siphoned off six more from the runs required with a blow over deep midwicket. Ireland needed to keep them under control for the next eight deliveries but Murtagh and Ireland hadn't yet seen all of the carnage.


Netherlands' players celebrate after qualifying for the Super 10 stage, Ireland v Netherlands, World T20, First Round Group B, Sylhet, March 21, 2014
Netherlands left more than one team stunned on the night © ICC
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Barresi made room and smashed the second ball of the over over the sightscreen, making the equation a more manageable seven off six balls. He then clobbered a four over extra cover, bringing it down to less than a run a ball for the first time. A length ball was then biffed over deep midwicket and Netherlands had pulled off the improbable, leading to wild celebrations, having jumped from third place to first in the group.

Netherlands signaled their intent from the first ball of the chase, when the captain Peter Borren went on his knee and swept to the fine-leg boundary. The real carnage began in the second over when Myburgh took on the offspinner Andy McBrine with four sixes, in an over that wnt for a soul-destroying 25. Myburgh targeted the on side, sending the first miles over long-on and the next three over deep midwicket, each longer and higher than the other.

If McBrine needed a shoulder to cry on, he could have picked any one of the five other bowlers who had the misfortune of bowling to Netherlands' determined batsmen. Alex Cusack was the next to be on the receiving end of Myburgh's blows with three consecutive sixes, bringing up the fifty in just 3.1 overs. The manic opening stand between Borren and Myburgh came to an end when George Dockrell took a stunning catch running backwards, sending back Borren. Netherlands' 91 at the end of six overs was the world record for the highest Powerplay score. It wasn't the only record they broke though.

Myburgh's fifty off 17 balls equaled the second-fastest in T20s, but he fell not too long after that, when he pulled Dockrell straight to deep midwicket. In the following over, Ireland got another breakthrough thanks to another impressive running-backwards catch under pressure by the captain William Porterfield, sending back Logan van Beek. The edge was suddenly with the Irish but the relief was only temporary.

Ironically, just moments after those two brilliant bits of catching, Ed Joyce put down a sitter in the deep. A powerful reverse sweep from Tom Cooper went straight to deep cover and Joyce fluffed it running forward.That drop didn't just burn a hole in their pockets - it set their pants on fire.

Two balls later, Tom Cooper hit the helpless bowler Dockrell over deep midwicket and in his following over, suffered further humiliation, giving away the third hat-trick of sixes in the innings. Tom Cooper, who was controversially rushed to the squad from Australia shortly before the first match, showed why he's considered their best batsman. He launched four sixes in the over, mostly over the on side. Dockrell tossed it up but it didn't induce the false shot as Tom Cooper middled them all.

After that over, the equation came down to 33 needed off 20 to qualify and the Zimbabweans, who had kept their qualification hopes alive with a hurried victory against UAE, would have begun to twitch on their seats. Had Netherlands taken longer than 14.2 overs, the Zimbabweans' effort would have been worth it.

The pressure began to tell on the fielders when the cover fielder made a schoolboy error, conceding a boundary. Murtagh finally had some success when he bowled a short one on seeing Tom Cooper advance and got him to pull to deep square leg. There were no boundaries scored off the next seven balls, but when Barresi edged O'Brien to third man, Netherlands were feeling good again and there was no looking back. By the end of the game, Netherlands had hit 19 sixes in the innings, a world record - the combined 30 sixes in the game was another record.

All the Ireland bowlers were made to look like helpless schoolboys whose lunch money was snatched by bullies. They might have felt that the match and qualification was rightfully theirs when they posted 189. Porterfield led the early assault with a 32-ball 47, skipping down the track and chipping the ball over the infield. Netherlands had used as many as seven bowlers in the first ten overs as Porterfield and Joyce set the platform for a big score. The fireworks came from Andrew Poynter and O'Brien as Ireland hit 118 from the last ten overs. Poynter was dropped by Michael Swart early in the innings but he went on to compile his own hat-trick of sixes, off Swart, on his way to a fifty off just 27 balls. O'Brien cleared the ropes with ease, with lofted drives down the ground.

At the end of the innings, Poynter was asked if 189 was enough and he replied, "I'll tell you after the game." On paper, Ireland were the favourites to qualify. Only few would have expected the first innings to be reduced to a side-show.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by yohandf on (March 23, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

Fantastic plays by associates . T20 is the format which they can compete best with full members and they proved it . Netherland qualified annihilating Ireland at the last moment and they deserved with the intensity shown there . Ireland bit unlucky but they ll get their chances . Nepal opened every bodies eyes . Afghans below par with the way lost to Bangladesh but they ll come hard . Hong kong cherished their hopes again with tremendous win vs Bangladesh . UAE need to improve a lot . Bnagladesh survived with home advantage and experienced players . Zimbabwe succumbed . So in next ICC WT20 , i want more chances to associates to challenge full members . i want three lowest ranked full members to play with 6 associates in three groups of 3 and 3 table toppers to advance .That is the way to go . hail WT20 .

Posted by Jonah58 on (March 22, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

@gagg the dutch team that won yesterday was little different to the team we (Ireland) play against last year and beat in the WCL we had no issues with their 'origins' then why should that amazing performance make any difference now? That was one of the most outstanding games of cricket I have ever watched even if I am still reeling from the result. i am heartily disappointed we did not qualify but if that match does not prove to the powers that be that there is an urgent need to ensure that Affiliate and Associate teams need the continued support and funding from this new big 3 power grab then nothing ever will. I defy any neutral cricket lover to tell me that they did not find that game a spectacle and on par with or better the entertainment provided by any 'full member' in the last 5 years. Well done to the Dutch now go and do us proud in the main event.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (March 22, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Completely lost for words - for once; congrats to Netherlands for such an amazing performance. Even the best batting side would have struggled to score 190 - in 20 overs; let alone 13.5 overs - against any international side. Thanks to Ireland too, for their contribution for this amazing spectacle.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

what a match

Posted by RAYKAY on (March 22, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

Well done Netherland, it does not matter where you were all born, you represented a nation who accepted you and made you sons of their soil, the Netherland saw you fit enough to represent them and you did that with the cricketing world watching. Stand up tall and continue with pride to hold the Netherland flag flying high. The English team have player like Lumb, Morgan, and Jordan who represent England. When these big football club win the Champion league with players from all over the globe the reports states the country they are from.

Posted by TheMysteryMan on (March 22, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

@Gagg What does not being born in Netherlands have to do anything with the team performance. Afterall all of them have their direct blood relatives from the land.

And if we are going into detail, where did ancestors of all white people in South Africa or Australia / NZ come from? They all came from Europe.

They play as a team for Netherland and people are praising that team. That team still faces way greater challange in the form of resources and funding than other established teams. And they represent country where cricket is still in infancy. For them to put on a show that they did was impressive. It was a world record setting match in world up. It was exceptional hitting. Even teams like Australia and India would have been praised for that performance. Why not them?

Posted by TheMysteryMan on (March 22, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

@Gagg What does not being born in Netherlands have to do anything with the team performance. Afterall all of them have their direct blood relatives from the land.

And if we are going into detail, where did ancestors of all white people in South Africa or Australia / NZ come from? They all came from Europe.

They play as a team for Netherland and people are praising that team. That team still faces way greater challange in the form of resources and funding than other established teams. And they represent country where cricket is still in infancy. For them to put on a show that they did was impressive. It was a world record setting match in world up. It was exceptional hitting. Even teams like Australia and India would have been praised for that performance. Why not them?

Posted by v8v8v8 on (March 22, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

@Gagg - Two players of that match day 11 are of dutch birth. BUT everyone loves a underdog - Let us rather ask "How many of the dutch players are full time cricket professionals?" - this is why we love the associate nations, they appeal to the weekend cricketing warrior in all of us.

P.s. Of course you could ask how a Full member nation like England had 3 South African's (Strauss, KP, Trott) playing in their test squad recently. And looking rather weaker now they're all retired...?

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

Never day Die - Weldone NETHERLANDS!

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 22, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

I hope SL players and fans learn something from Netherlands. Rather than crying and looking for excuses all the time you have to beat all odds and become a winner. Netherlands is a far more entertaining team than mediocre Sl team. They play with spirit. It will be no surprise if Dutch hammer SL as well after SA soft them up.

Posted by StevieS on (March 22, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

I can't believe all the comments praising the Netherlands, how many Dutch born players are in the team, 1? 2? Well none that won it for them. It makes international sport a joke.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

Netherlands from no where.

Posted by santhoshg016 on (March 22, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

Congrats to Netherland,, hope they will play some good games in super 10. and Good to see ICC giving a chance for country who are interested to play cricket in International level. if Netherland should prove their talent they should win anyone game in super 10 stage.. And in my point of view Netharland should not change their tactics. they should play positive cricket in Qulaifiers.. Waiting for next match.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

NED and IRE match was good one then that of ind and pak, ther was nothing in ind and pak match.This is what T20 the netherlands showed it it should be .

Posted by Mastervillain on (March 22, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

What a great win, boys! Wonderful scoring to produce an amazing victory.

Posted by Malvino on (March 22, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

Can the next T20 world cup be 16 teams, 4 groups of four with the top two in each progressing to the knockout quarterfinals, semis and final?

This prequalifying tournament (and a host of games beforehand) has proved that the associates can and will compete given the chance. The rugby workld cup shows that a simple format is more exciting that the dickering around with groups and extra hoops to jump through.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (March 22, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

@Avra Chakraborty He is just a Domestic League Player. He win very few games 4 his country. Ryan is where the Money is there..

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (March 22, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

Soccer Dominating Nation beats pre- favorite Rugby Dominating nation. Ind-Pak game is much dull boring compare to this

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (March 22, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

Amazing....... Wonderful......... Can't Express by words............ Dutch will easily beat Aged,Seniors ODI team like Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

well played it wAS a amazing match to watch

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

where is Ryan Ten Doeschate???

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 3:36 GMT)

very very disappointed. but a great game Congrats Netherlands. But this Netherlands is really stronger with one Sheffield shield top 5 scorer and a Tasmania first class player and this team has many hitters compare to Ireland or nations like zim afg hk etc. But if you look Ned in border picture they struggling last few years. They lost ODi status and consequently will not play in I cup. If Ned didn't take this result seriously like the England s then it just a win for them.I still think they will struggle without gugten and cooper and will go nowhere as a nation but its achievement will encourage associate countries that's the most important and positive news for this outcome. Congratulations Netherlands again.

Posted by nipun027 on (March 22, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

Congratz 2 the Netherlands team...... U have shown all how 2 play T20.....

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (March 22, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

What a game-well played both teams!

Posted by Spirit_of_Cricket_II on (March 22, 2014, 2:42 GMT)

With out any doubt this is the best T20 cricket wc we ever had. truly the tournament has just begun but the entertainment provided by all the associate nations was superb....one more round of applause to all associate nations for their superb show.....take a bow.....from Sri Lanka

Posted by SixSmasher on (March 22, 2014, 1:46 GMT)

Amazing game. One of the best chases in cricket history.

Posted by paapam on (March 22, 2014, 0:24 GMT)

Unbelieveable. Sad for Ireland. It was definitely nerves or was it overconfidence?!

Posted by wapuser on (March 22, 2014, 0:14 GMT)

Before everyone starts bagging the Netherlands for using foreign born and raised players of Dutch ancestry, consider their motives. They want to raise the profile of the game in their country and play more international cricket, the best way for them to do that is by being successful. They shouldn't be compared to England, whose motive is just to win and be number 1, the game is obviously well established there being the origin of it and they have a large pool of English players to pick from. It's not the fair to compare them.

Posted by MariusPontmercy94 on (March 21, 2014, 23:30 GMT)

@blu_gg and Kohli, Ryan ten Doeschate hasn't played international cricket for the Netherlands since 2011, instead choosing to focus on playing in various T20 domestic leagues. In other words, he's sold out.

Posted by jb633 on (March 21, 2014, 23:30 GMT)

@thandara peris, you say Eng weaken Ireland but take a look at how many Irish cricketers are employed by English counties. If you take the Irish cricketers out of the county circuit and take back Morgan and Rankin Ireland will still be far worse off. England get a very bad rap for poaching players but this is simply not true. EU regulations dictate working permits within England and if the players themselves want to play for England then what are they meant to do? It would be classed as discrimination if no immigrants were ever given jobs in a normal line of service so why is sport any different? I agree it is far from ideal that players want to move away from Ireland but please get your facts right about the poaching myth. England want Ireland to be given test status and improve as much as they can. I hope, along with many other England fans, that the day will arrive when the likes of Morgan and Rankin don't need to think about anything other than playing for Ireland.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 23:11 GMT)

superb batting display dutch boys its lovely to watch .congrats n best of luck in super 10

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 23:00 GMT)

Who said that having the Associates in a world cup competition makes for boring matches? Take note, cricket administrators!

I'd still say that overall Ireland are the strongest team in the group, but take nothing away from the Netherlands. Any team that can score that many so quickly deserves their place in the next round.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 22:45 GMT)

Wow! Congratulations Netherlands, its a unbelievable the way ply , I enjoy lot, amazing! best of luck for next match. from Bangladesh

Posted by BanglaTigerss on (March 21, 2014, 22:12 GMT)

BigIndFan, you are not right. Bangladesh has beaten both Ire and Netherlands many times. Please don't compare them to the tigers. You should look at your own team's bowling which is the weakest in the world. This same Netherlands batting line-up will score more than 300.

Posted by 1ofakind_testcricket on (March 21, 2014, 22:00 GMT)

I'm a big fan of Ireland but love it that the Netherlands can pull off something like this. Australia has the Dutch in the soccer world cup in june hopefully we can play as good soccer as they have cricket!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 21, 2014, 21:47 GMT)

A truly great victory. The only downside is that this 'Dutch' team are really just a combination of Aus/NZ/SA players with Dutch heritage that aren't good enough to play for there countries if birth....... a bit like England, really.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 21:26 GMT)

@TNAmarkFromIndia Absolutely! Why on earth the Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland don't take part in the English T20 (or PNG and Kong Kong in Australia for that matter) is a mystery to me.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 21, 2014, 21:15 GMT)

Sorry to see Ireland go but this has been the most entertaining match of this IPL so far. Certainly beats the Ind-Pak match (and this coming from an Indian fan!). Hopefully Netherlands can beat at least one of the teams in their group.

Posted by Stieprox on (March 21, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

simply unbelievable to say the least.netherlands played great.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

i never look any team than they win and make more than 13 run is the runrate its amaging

Posted by IainWadey on (March 21, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

A good day for this current group of players that make up the Netherlands team but not a good day for Associate cricket. Only two of the Dutch team learnt their cricket in Holland (Seelar and Jamil); even less than the team that beat England in 2009. As a very close follower of world Associate and Affiliate cricket (though English myself) I hope I am wrong and this win heralds a big increase in interest, participation and development of home-grown players in the Netherlands. Previous form would seem to count against this however.

Posted by JoyBangladesh71 on (March 21, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

I am sad that Ireland lost, but congrats to the Dutch. If anything, it shows that cricket tournaments should not be limited to just a few countries, but all countries should be allowed to participate as equals. I find it disingenuous for supporters from other countries who keep blasting Bangladesh every time they lose. Grow up! Yes , Bangladesh still struggles, but to complain that they should have their test status taken away and all the other garbage that I see on here is just ridiculous. If anything, people should encourage other countries to be granted test status and gain the support that the ICC provides other countries so that the sport can grow and be more popular!

Posted by Charindra on (March 21, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Wow! That was just incrdible. Well done Netherlands!! I could hardly believe what I was watching. Tough luck for Ireland though.

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 21, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

Ireland are overrated team. Poynter the 'Irish' player played fantastic lol

Posted by Morgsy on (March 21, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

Wow! Wish I had seen this games. I'm gutted for Ireland but it just goes to show what a crazy game this is!

RTD is playing for Otago in New Zealand's domestic 50 over comp.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

That's called T20

Posted by disco_bob on (March 21, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

England need to get rid of Giles and bring in Sven-Göran Eriksson, it's the only way they'll beat Ned.

Posted by RoBoBobster on (March 21, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

being a quarter dutch, I am happy with the result, however I do feel net run rate should be judged on D/L par from current total, so a team that won with wickets to spare is rewarded over a last wicket victory - surely it's better to win in the 15th over with 8 wickets in hand than in the 13th over with one wicket remaining - this would put a stop to teams getting through (as Zimbabwe almost did) by getting a bit lucky and swinging the bat, and also takes away the nrr advantage of batting 2nd should the team batting first get a small target

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Who knows. Netherland would become Champions

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

this is the best best cricket match I ever seen my life . I mean Netherlands chase . congratulations to hole team . I think any team could learn from Dutch team the way they played . from bangladeshi fan .

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

I knew it.... Dutch deserves this... The way they played against England on 2009 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup... They deserve to book their place on Super10 stage.... I can't wait for their matches against big teams like Sri Lanka, England, New Zealand, and South Africa... The way they played today.... They can easily defeat England..... Best of Luck Netherlands <3

Posted by milepost on (March 21, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

A slog fest of top edges, nicks and mid hits over tiny boundaries. A good result for the Netherlands but hardly worth proclaiming T20 is any more than a fad. We all know SA vs Australia test matches are the pinnacle of the sport.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

i didn't see the match in TV. but it is fantastic stuff by both the teams.But Netherlands lack quality bowlers to pose any challenge to the established teams.

Posted by wapuser on (March 21, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

What a match !!!! Much better than India Pakistan match even though I m an India fan !!!! Pity these guys have only two qualify .Ban and Zim should not qualify .In fact Ire Ned Ban and Zim should be in group stage directly .This is T20 world cup .They can have 4 groups or 3 groups. It's great to see Ned showing so much heart .Not even any of the test teams could have pulled off190 in 14.2 .Imagine if Tendo and Nannes were there but I think they will still cause some upsets . Tom Cooper is in form of his life. Wish they can win the cup as only this could usher the spread of the sport .Amazing game !!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

great entertaining.this is cricketing strokes.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (March 21, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

You gotta love T20 cricket. Never ceases to thrill. BTW, where is RTD? Been a while since he last played for Netherlands.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (March 21, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Such a good game, even India - Pakistan couldn't match that up!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

Orange fest at the orange city of Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Stunning Batting from the dutch...Incredible hitting. That should send a warning message to England and South Africa who dont have the effective spinning options.

Posted by blu_gg on (March 21, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Why is Ryan Ten Doeschate not playing for the Netherlands?? Does any one know?

Posted by BigINDFan on (March 21, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

If Netherlands bat like this in the Super 10 no team will be spared. Malinga will be their biggest threat with his yorkers but Cooper has the game to beat the top sides. Eng and NZ will struggle to beat Netherlands. SA and SL will get a run for their money but Cooper can be the difference if Netherlands have to pull more upsets. BD did not deserve to qualify after their pathetic performance against HK. Even in the Asia cup BD struggled and lost to AFG. Next WCT20 BD and other test nations will struggle to contain the Associates. This is good for world cricket.

Like I said in an earlier post, ICC should cut down the ODIs and promote T20s and Test cricket. It will make cricket more exciting again and truly a world sport. ODIs are simple irrelevant at this point with T20s in place. Test cricket is the ultimate challenge but there needs to be a WC for Test cricket and change in rules.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

The most brutal chase ever in the history of T-20...

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 21, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

Congratulations Netherlands. While I was originally hoping Ireland would go through - they certainly deserved it based on fairly good results over the past few years, I'm equally happy that at the very least another Associate country goes in their place. Hope the Netherlands continues to play well, beating a few T8 nations along the way.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

This is totally unfair big team should play with associate teams at final stage not the qualifying round. As they already qualify for this tournament so they deserve play with big teams.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Great match. We need to have more matches with the associates.

A better use of all the additional funds that the BIG 3 are asking for would be support the affiliates. Just like the Test Cricket fund, there should be a fund for supporting the matches of Test nations with the affiliates. Each of the test teams should be asked to play 3 ODI's and 2 T20I's every year with upcoming affiliates to give them exposure and this new fund should cover the expenses.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 21, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

Brilliant Stuff from Netherlands. Both Pre tournament Group favorites were eliminated (Afg and Ire).

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (March 21, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

WOW-- NETHERLANDS! All the games in this group were great. All teams fighting hard to qualify, with a final, sensational burst for one team to eclipse two teams to go through to the next round. I am a pure BD fan, and it would have been the feeling of a lifetime to see my team perform like this, which I am certain, people from Netherlands are feeling like right now!

Posted by DwightR on (March 21, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

what a beauty of a game, stuff of legend. well done Netherlands...they have got all our attention. Very disappointed that Ireland do not qualify as they as an associate side that deserve it over Zim but thats the game...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

This is really thrilling stuff. At a time when concerns are being expressed over the future of the associates under the new ICC dispensation, this could be a real shot in the arm. Feel sad for the Irish. Can they still qualify?

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

What happened to Ten Doeschate?

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

wow gr8 t20 match. congrats Netherlands.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

In stick cricket when i chase my target down in 14 overs i play on for 20 overs..they should have done it here!! Amazing match..sensational stuff..bring them on ..first target England!!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Excellent Cricket. ICC should open cricket for associate members like football.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

what an amazing performance to get entry to the world cup, beware group B

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

Wonderful Match. I got much pleasure by watching this match than India-Pakistan.

Posted by sumit1982 on (March 21, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

GR8 play by dutch . Everyone except Ireland or Zimbabwe will progress from these group. Hats off to them.

Posted by Nuwas on (March 21, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

Wow that was some T20 hitting, great stuff by both team, Congratz Netherlands.

Posted by wapuser on (March 21, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

One of the greatest t20 match

Posted by keralite on (March 21, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

It would have been terrible had dutch won and not qualified. Now they have a chance to win one more match I won't name the team but will give a clue- they have not won many matches of late ;-). And I am sure the dutch will fancy their chances.

Posted by markatnotts on (March 21, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

@Gihe Van Der Starre, please check out some current and former members of the Irish side before you put your team down. If you follow top level cricket England do it, as do NZ and to a lesser extent Oz and SA. I think it is good for associate level cricket. Who knows G Smith may in four years turn out for Ireland!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

wow what an amazing match...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

As a Dutchie, I'm thrilled to bits by what I saw today, but I have to agree with those questioning the Dutchness of this team. Some of them may have some Dutch ancestry, but it is hard to identify with them. From that point of view it would have been good had the Irish qualified.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (March 21, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Looks like Bangladesh hasn't done too bad comparing with this result !

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

Great stuff from Netherlands! It was absolute carnage from those guys and Cooper was magnificent! I wonder how strong these guys could have been had they persuaded Ten Doeschate and Nannes to play this tournament... The young opener Myburgh has a great future!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

Waheed Shirzay, I think AFG would've been more happier than BD.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

It was like the ODI of 13 march, SA vs AUS (438 vs 434) great match so far.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Grads to Netherlands, as an Irish supporter, once it became obvious they they were going to beat us I was hoping that they qualified too.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Coming back from stumbling upon one mistake after another. I wasn't sure I was reading something wrong here "Netherlands stun rivals to qualify" Really? I assumed it must have been a cake walk for Ireland. But then this is incredible bashball! Congrats Nederlands! Commiserations Poynter and co. Hard luck Zimbabwe. Will we now have Dutch auction in IPL? :P

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Is Myburgh the new Faulkner and Cooper the new Maxwell

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

Great carnage from the Dutch.It was like seeing Gayle hammer 175*

Posted by KingOwl on (March 21, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

Great innings from the Dutch. But I just looked up the Dutch players. Of the 11 who played, the top 9 are born in Aus, NZ, Pakistan, and SA. No 10 and 11 were born in NL. Not sure whether this win says much about Dutch strength in cricket.

Posted by vkias on (March 21, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Im extremely sorry for both Ireland and Zimbabwe, who also played very well throughout the tournament.....nobody expected this burst of Netherlands.....amazing batting, they hit more sixes than boundaries, 91 runs in powerplay and 190 runs in mere 14 overs....one second i felt that as if im watching Australia's batting...then i realized this orange dress....hope they will perform like this in next round also....all the best Netherlands....keep rocking

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Incredible result. After the disappointments of the past few years, this is really great and needed

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

today made a new history in T20 cricket which constructed by Netharlands!!!!! best of luck for Dutches......

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

Netherlands can perform like this, yes they did it and hope they keep the momentum going and going surprising the countries in the super 10.

Posted by ajg1 on (March 21, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Wow! Great result for the Dutch has to be one of the greatest chases in any cricket history given the situation!! Congratulations to the ICC it would seem that they have orgnised this tournament about right, letting more of the smaller teams have a pop at the bigger ones later in the tournament... Still a big worry about the number of non nationals though playing for all different countries...not many native Dutch on display today, the English can't talk they are one of the worst culprits in plundering of players from other nations. However, the ICC need to address this urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by mahjut on (March 21, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

I don't know what to feel here ... always liked the good associate nations so am kinda pleased for the Dutch but still wonder if Zim or Ireland may have pulled off something good in the next stage (really can't see Netherlands doing so ... sadly).

Well done to the Dutch though and good luck!

Posted by The_Legend-Killer on (March 21, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Frankly,i am disappointed with the bowling performance of Ireland . But i think that's the beauty of T20 cricket, you never know which team could cause upset .ICC should have allowed 12 teams instead of 10 in the world cup. That would have made have made it more interesting.....Now i would be supporting Netherlands ,GO HOLLAND GO

Posted by dijkstra77 on (March 21, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

Hop Holland Hop!!!! Can't believe they won this match. Brilliant!!!

Posted by HippocraticTiger on (March 21, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

WOW! One of the best innings I have seen. Glad BD was not in this group.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

simply unimaginable stroke play by Dutch.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Respect!

Posted by Manxmuppet on (March 21, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

That was one of the most incredible innings in the history of SF cricket. Well done Netherlands!! Ireland must be feeling shell-shocked and numb. What an amazing qualification group. Well done to all the teams

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

Very disappointing result, just highlights again how much our bowling attack really misses the leadership of Trent Johnston.

Must say though that when you look through both lineups and see the number of domestic players in the Irish setup compared to the League of Nations that makes up the Dutch side (not one of their top six batsmen today is born or bred in Holland.) makes one wonder whether there should be a limit on number of imports in matchday squads in these tournaments. Take McBrine & Murtagh out of that team and al the rest have come through the Irish age grade system.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

good luck Netherlands. ..

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

proud to say that SL is the only country who help associates to improve their cricket. Eg- Nepal & AFG. England in other hand, keep weakening Ireland.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

I hope Nederland doesn't fade away like Kenya, and be consistent instead of coming and going like Canada, UAE, Scotland etc.

Posted by vkias on (March 21, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

Im extremely sorry for both Ireland and Zimbabwe, who also played very well throughout the tournament.....nobody expected this burst of Netherlands.....amazing batting, they hit more sixes than boundaries, 91 runs in powerplay and 190 runs in mere 14 overs....one second i felt that as if im watching Australia's batting...then i realized this orange dress....hope they will perform like this in next round also....all the best Netherlands....keep rocking

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

What a incredible match indeed!

I think, this is one of the greatest moments of cricket i've ever watched. Best wishes for the Dutch in the Super 10.

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 21, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

Stunning performance by the dutch ... they are in many record books . Ireland were the favorites to qualify but that cricket .

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

I can only say outstanding Netherlands Great entertainment Netherlands have a lot of potential more than many teams I love to see them poll one or two upsets In second round

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

Unthinakble... Dutch pulled off an unbelievable heist on their own. Contrary to everyone's expectations, associate stage of this WC have given nail biters almost every match. Making the next stage, the actual WC, all the more mouth watering. But How Did they do it... Nederlands

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

hats off to Holland team , you guys deserve it ... Respect from bangladesh

Posted by Mr-ZimCricket on (March 21, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Congrats to the Dutch...i prefered them to Ireland who were talking too much. Zimbos come back home and sort out your problems then start re-building. we have a great test team and we need to work on the shorter version.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

Simply stunning chase from the Netherland! Wow

Posted by kimi10 on (March 21, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

so far, the best Chase done by the Dutch! but, i think it is better justice for the teams to qualify for the next round is to schedule the Final Round matches in the same time when run rates are considered. In present format teams playing later get advantage to play more calculatedly! (In football tournaments/leagues, we see the final round matches starts at the same time.)

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

I was at Lords in 2009 when we beat England in the opener. Thought this would never happen again. But how I wished to have been part of this firework today. Great for Dutch Cricket!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

TV channels must show associate members games. They are always offering more than test nations. As an Afghan I am watching them every year and enjoyed a lot. It is a shame that despite being best of them along with Ireland we did not offer in this qualifiers. I would have loved to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe play us regularly.

Netherlands and Ireland made the associates proud

Posted by BellCurve on (March 21, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

30 sixes in the match and 19 sixes in the Dutch innings - both world records. Damage was done by 2 Saffers, 2 Aussies and 1 Kiwi...

Posted by kovinbuddi on (March 21, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

What fantastic Cricket - Cricket is an unbelievable game. Congardulations Netherlands. We like to see you go some distant in the next series.It is merely to believe in yourselves as a team. Superb performance.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

Something about group games should be played at the same time. Zimbabwe was prejudiced by Ireland and Netherlands having an exact target but what a match. Guts and glory the Netherlands absolutely motored

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

superb show....what a chase ...lovely to watch

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

congrats and very well done Netherlands! unbelievable cricket from you guys! you thoroughly deserve to go to super10 with the super way that you have played unlike the donkey team of Bangladesh who joined super 10 almost through the back door which is a great shame! Forget about top teams, Bangladesh have got lot to learn from these associate nations and no way they belong to the top level of cricket! This is what i call super cricket! Well done Netherlands again! Can't wait to see more from you!

Posted by RovinAl on (March 21, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

Have to have some sympathy for Ireland....9 Irish born players in their team vs (I think) 1 for the Dutch. More a combined Southern Hemisphere team but amazing performance nonetheless

Posted by NickFisher on (March 21, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

I had already moved on to support Ireland following Giles Clarke's advice. Now I guess it will have to be the Netherlands in the super 10.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

Such teams should be allowed to join Indian National League like Ranaji Trophy and Vijay hazare Trophy ..which will benefit both the countries...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

I was watching the game from a cafe in BD and everyone there were rooting for the Dutch. Congratulations Netherlands! Awesome match!

Posted by baghels.a on (March 21, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Absolutely speechless, gobsmacked, was standing on my feet whole time,take a bow Netherlands !!!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

What an absolute thrilling batting by the Netherlands team,best cricket match i've seen ever... who wants to watch the india pak match..

Posted by Desihungama on (March 21, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

Wow. Stunning. Forget India/Pakistan match. Everyone should see this encounter. Breathless!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

This match was decider for three teams, if Netherlands failed to chase the score below 14 overs and still won the game would have qualified Zimbabwe. If Ireland managed to win would have qualified Ireland but Netherlands achieved the target in an impossible way and stunned both of the teams. I can say this is the biggest ever T20 game and will stay unless Gayle or Afridi break it which is looking unlikely Qualification rounds proved Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are in the same frame with Associate teams and both are unfairly getting more opportunities than these teams

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

I would love to hear what Jono has to say now

Posted by DiwashShrestha on (March 21, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Surely, unexpected but anticipated things have happend yesterday and even today !! Congrats The Netherlands!!!

Posted by MeijiMura on (March 21, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Good to see an associate get through at least. All of the associates in both groups bar the UAE have shown they belong at the top level. I agree that Joyce is not a T20 player and how Niall O'Brien continues to miss out is beyond me. Joyce not only batted too slowly today, but he also put down a straightforward chance off Tom Cooper when he was on only 1. He ended up being dismissed for 45 off 15 balls, a crucial miss by Joyce as Ireland could have pulled it back had the chance been taken. Cusack is another one who is not up to T20 cricket. He was very ordinary in the previous games and bowled one over in this match for 22 runs. I think Sorensen would have been a better choice. Anyone would have been actually. As for the Netherlands they are in their element batting second and chasing targets, but rather less impressive batting first and setting them. They will be a very dangerous side against all opponents should they bat second in their matches against SL, SA, NZ and England.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

great efforts from Netherland

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Madness. Exhilarating. Magical. What can I say about Netherlands Many of records also smashed !!! You Guys win our Heart <3 <3 --- Fan From BD :)

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

There should be a tournament where the top 3 teams of the associates compete with the lower 3 icc test ranking nations.

This may be low of sponsor value but high on cricket value.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

unbelievable, Fully entertaining, record braking. I am sure Netherlands will show extraordinary cricket in super 10 as well. Good Luck :)

Posted by kimi10 on (March 21, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

so far, the best Chase done by the Dutch! but, i think it is better justice for the teams to qualify for the next round is to schedule the Final Round matches in the same time when run rates are considered. In present format teams playing later get advantage to play more calculatedly! (In football tournaments/leagues, we see the final round matches starts at the same time.)

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 21, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

What a remarkable game of cricket !!! Congratulations to Netherlands and commiserations to Ireland. Unbelievable. I never even once in my wildest dreams thought Netherlands would pull this off. I will gladly regret it. Now all the teams in Group 1 have to be careful. Netherlands can thrash any of them - England, SL, NZ and SA. This is why T20 cricket is the BEST format of the game. WOW !

Posted by thecutiepie on (March 21, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

Who would have thought Netharlands would be in round two, beating Ireland and TEST PLAYING ZIMBABWE(!!!!). They don't even play tests so I don't understand why they have test status where Ireland deserve it more. and now Netharlands are also putting their demand of regaining their one day status. Well played Dutch, reallllly well played.

Posted by ahassan on (March 21, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

Congratulations to Netherlands. Great batting display by them. They should now aim for higher goals and try to get the status of test playing nation.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

what a match.

WHAT A MATCH!

i doubt even the upcoming ind vs pak game would be as exciting.

Posted by true-cric-lover on (March 21, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

just what i can say is.. FANTASTIC..!! wonderful cricket from you Netherlands.. Congratulations and welcome for super 10.. from SL fan..

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

That was incredible. I will always remember this match. Netherland just got a new fan.

Posted by wapuser on (March 21, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

Congratulations to Netherlands team.Great Win, best of luck in super 10.lots of surprise .I hope ICC will gives the chance to play more games.Well done Dutch

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Woow what a much !! This is a special moment for Holland fine to beat irland team big match

Posted by Click_Click_Cricket on (March 21, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

@ ashish_maverick - IRE would win the WT20 if you put them in Group A! They would beat IND in the final! Grow up!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

this is cricket at its finest. congratulations to the dutch team from Bangladesh. I wish 2 teams from each group could qualify.. amazing cricket played at Sylhet!

Posted by fr600 on (March 21, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

Amazing display of cricket by the Dutch. The Irish looked completely helpless.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

what a match !!!! just like a computer cricket game......super man innings.....just I think....how could this possible....its seems to a dream which achieved by Netharlands....Many many congrates for Dutches.....and welcome to the main round of T20 world cup. Go ahead

Posted by AhmedEsat on (March 21, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

Congratulations Holland and Ireland. Hope this will be a wake-up call to the ICC. The best T20 match I have ever watched.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

Stunned... i am stunned.... Netherlands you beauty!!! Even #PakvInd is not going to produce such an entertainment and thrill, for sure.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

Netherlands, Ireland, Afghanistan and Nepal should play with big teams regularly in ODI and T20 games if not test games. They are matching Bangladesh and Zimbabwe if not better than them. ICC must sort out this so these teams grow up and make the game exciting

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Like the taste of an unique single malt, this Netherlands victory tasted really sweet and will be talked about for many a day! Well done guys!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

thanks Netherlands

Posted by Click_Click_Cricket on (March 21, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

IRE surely has the best bowling attack in the world at this moment! They should be given TEST STATUS as soon as possible!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

This is the most incredible run chase in the history of cricket. What an endeavor by the Dutch! Congratulations! Your heroics will be remembered by the true fans of cricket all around the world.

Posted by SDSanth on (March 21, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

What a chase!!!Unbelivable

Posted by yujilop on (March 21, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

Way to go Netherlands!!! Hopefully you can scalp a few "big names" in the next round and prove to the world that the Associates have much more to offer cricket than ICC considers them worth.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

Unbelievable! I saw the last 5 overs. Proud to be Dutch!

Posted by sundersingh on (March 21, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

no words to express.... this is what confidence do to u....

Posted by ashish_maverick on (March 21, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

what would be the case if Ireland were in Group A?

Posted by zexmanoz on (March 21, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

What a blow..Never thought they will go to group 10...woaaa...I just loved the way both team batted....well extraordinary game played by Netherland.go and be the big threat to test nation..fan from Nepal...go go go ......

Posted by Witty365ca on (March 21, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Excellent play by both the teams. I won't be surprised if Netherlands starts beating the bottom rung teams of regular member countries in a few years time and storm into top 6 teams of the world.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Associates teams should be given chance playing T20 World Cup with qualifications. Don't you agree we would have more excitement if we had Super 14 than Super 10? That is why cricket is way behind than football because they give no chance to lower teams

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

Incredible! Watched the last 5 overs. Proud to be Dutch!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

the Ireland fielders looked as if they were like watching flying saucers, I've never seen so many sixes

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

You have to admire how Netherlands have come up winning with such conviction and determination. One has to feel very sorry for Ireland. How on earth can they get better if every time Ireland produces a good cricketer like Ed Joyce, Morgan, Boy Rankin we England keep snapping them up. We are good at that. If all of our foreign acquisitions were to be removed from our team we will have no one left. Ireland must find ways to retain their good players.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

what a match.thats called T20 .30x6 in one match xxx

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

what's happen in sylhet I can't believe till now tremendous effort from Netherlands

Posted by Click_Click_Cricket on (March 21, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

Netherland has just shown Cricket World what the word THRASHING means!!! IRE captain said pretty big things like 'We are here for 3-0 win at the group stage'. Now his team got hit for SIXES LIKE RAIN all over the park. All the BD bashers, BD won't lose this bad to any team. Go Dutch, Go!!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

Great run chase. Good team work.

Posted by zexmanoz on (March 21, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

What a blow..Never thought they will go to group 10...woaaa...I just loved the way both team batted....well extraordinary game played by Netherland.go and be the big threat to test nation..fan from Nepal...go go go ......

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

what a game this was good luck neth.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

Unbelievable cricket played by the minnows of cricket world, i wanted one of these two teams to make it to the super 10's and my wish got fulfilled. Kudos to Netherlands for their exceptional win.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

Bangladesh will be very happy that they are not in that group.

Posted by Mr_Cricket2 on (March 21, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

Hi All Irish Fans ,

Now Feel the same Pain as all Pakistani did in 2007 WC , it was a Ripper!!!!!

Netherland you Beauty :))) ,

Posted by disco_bob on (March 21, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

Commentator: "The captain smoked it too", probably not the best comment considering it was The Netherlands. Nevertheless an astonishing victory in a Euro derby.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

Fantastic game of cricket. Really dramatic. No Ireland! no Zimbabwe but the Netherlands has qualify for the next round. Well done & congratulations to the Netherlands.\

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

The best T20 game ever. A very deserved winners. Surely this match has offered a lot than the match coming up India vs Pak.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

The most interesting and fun filled t20 ive ever witnessed in my life.. Reminded me of Aus vs SA match in which they both scored above 400.. Congratz guys i hope u play good in super 10 too

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Awesome batting by the netherlands cricket team.. totally awesome electrifying cricket

Posted by ZSBD on (March 21, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

I have never seen anything like that!!! Bravo Netherlands!!! Bravo!!! Marvel may think about making a movie with these Superheroes!!!

Posted by uboatlover on (March 21, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

what a match howsoever they do in the next matches, the dutch had really done very well here treat to watch

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

Go Holland! What a blitz of an innings! Who'd have thought it? Well played the Netherlands, tough one Ireland. What a game!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

This is purely awesome batting by Dutch. They deserve their place in Super 10 and they did it.

Posted by ABLcric on (March 21, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

"Going Dutch" has a new meaning in cricket!! It was like watching highlights!!

Posted by Matadore on (March 21, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

Talking ab8 IRELAND, ZIMBABWE too much....? well, NED make it Unbelievably... Feeling sorry that Ten doeschate is nt in their team... kudos dutch, u deserve it!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

just Amazing, Congrats To Dutch Team & people

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 21, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

Wow. Brilliant chase from Netherlands. You guys deserved it. Cant believe that this team doesnt have the ODI status anymore.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

WOW what a performance , i really wana c netherlands showing some awsome cricket in main round

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

I've no words for this match owsome stuff....

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

One of the great chases I have seen. Great commitment and team effort.

Posted by smudgeon on (March 21, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Did I just see that right? Netherlands have jumped both Ireland and Zimbabwe to qualify. I am in shock...

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 21, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

When the target of 190 was set by Ireland and Netherlands had to achieve that in 14.2 overs, it looked highly improbable, especially against a higher ranked team. But Borren, Myburgh and Cooper thought otherwise and we got to see one of the best chases in history. It was a treat to watch how the Dutch batsmen held on to their nerves and helped the team fly over the finish line in style. The commitment and the passion of these batsmen has been incredible and one can just watch with awe and give a standing ovation to this Dutch team. Well done Boys! Cheers!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

Netherlands is another team with bunch of expatriates . I was rooting for the irish ?

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

this t20 world up is by far the best t20 event

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (March 21, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

Go Netherlands ...love to see them go through

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

where in rayn ten? ..................

Posted by Matadore on (March 21, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

Woooo, what Dutch r doing here... ipl, bigbash, bpl, cpl, ram slam.. r u watching?

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

This will be an abject disgrace if Zimbabwe make the finals... and the UAE's fault. Come on Ireland! Pull something out.... Netherlands can make it too and are preferable to Zimbabwe... BUT - would prefer Ireland... bit disappointed this is all happening on the eve of the competition.. if Zimbabwe or Netherlands go through I will have got my second prediction wrong out of 126... NO! Crumbs... Had to happen (if does), but gutted. Hehe...lolz

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (March 21, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

What lovely sunset in Bangladesh ...Absolutely marvelous

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

For once I want to see completely new faces to face off against the giants in the group stage. Wouldn't that be wonderful if Netherlands go through this in 14.2 overs? They are already at 52 for no loss in 3 overs! Way to go Dutch! Way to go!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

It makes me laugh when people in the press question what comes next for Irish cricket, their new blood continually steps up to the mark, this innings it has been Poynter. They obviously have a great cricketing culture and they are now consistently bringing on competitive cricketers, look forward to them in the next round, they are going to rattle some cages!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 21, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

Ed Joyce may have experience, but as his record shows, he is no T20 batsman. It's actually in the oppositions interest not to get him out.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

Best of luck for Irelanders.

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