Netherlands v SA, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong

Tahir spares South Africa embarrassment

The Report by Firdose Moonda

March 27, 2014

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South Africa 145 for 9 (Amla 43, Malik 5-19) beat Netherlands 139 (Myburgh 51, Tahir 4-21) by 6 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Highlights - South Africa survive Netherlands scare

They did it at Lord's in the opening match of the World T20 five years ago. Then, Netherlands stunned England to announce the Associate threat in the shortest format. They did not look anywhere close to do doing it three days ago, when they were skittled out for the lowest total in T20 internationals, and Sri Lanka highlighted the gulf between cricket's haves and have-nots in the most brutal way. But Netherlands almost did it again today.

Netherlands were on course to cull another giant after they restricted South Africa to under 150 and got the asking rate down to less than five runs an over in the chase, but then imploded at the end. They did almost everything right: they took an early wicket, put the squeeze on South Africa with a selection of slower balls and got their own chase off to a flying start. South Africa had not lost to an Associate in their history and Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir held their nerve to ensure that did not change.

The Dutch crumbled from 80 for 1 to 139 all out - losing 9 for 59 - and handed South Africa the two points they needed to stay in contention for the semi-finals. With two defeats, Netherlands only have a slim chance of advancing but are taking their own victories from this tournament. In this match, the biggest one was Ahsan Malik's performance. The Rotterdam-born seamer recorded the best figures by an Associate bowler against a Full Member - 5 for 19.

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  • Ahsan Malik's career-best 5 for 19 is the first instance of a bowler from an Associate team taking a five wicket-haul against a Test team in T20 internationals. Including Malik's, there have only been three instances of a bowler from an Associate team taking five-wicket hauls in T20Is.
  • Malik's five-for is only the fourth in World T20s; Umar Gul, Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga are the other bowlers to take five-wicket hauls in the World T20. Click here for a list of bowlers with five-fors in T20Is.
  • Imran Tahir's figures of 4 for 21 are his best in T20 internationals, beating the 3 for 26 he took against Sri Lanka in South Africa's first game of this tournament. Tahir has taken 15 T20I wickets at 9.40 and has an economy of 5.64 in 2013-14, and is the second-highest T20I wicket-taker this season. Malik leads the list with 18 wickets at 11.05.
  • Stephan Myburgh's 51 was his third T20I fifty and also his third of this World T20. This was only the third fifty-plus score by a batsman from the Associate teams against the top T20I teams. Myburgh has scored 169 runs in this World T20 at an average of 33.80 and a strike rate of 185.71.
  • Hashim Amla's 22-ball 43 is his fastest innings in T20 internationals and the fourth time he has been dismissed in the 40s. Amla is yet to score a fifty in 24 T20Is for South Africa.

Malik did not make the first incision - that honour went to Michael Swart, who had Quinton de Kock caught at square in the first over - but he made a telling one. After Hashim Amla had made a statement to those who questioned his ability to accelerate and took 22 off Swart's second over, Malik offered him some width and Amla was caught behind. The nick was faint, so much so that Amla, a walker, did not move at first, but it was there and it dented South Africa's positive start.

Amla had almost single-handedly taken South Africa to 43 in the fifth over, a sign that net run-rate was on their minds. Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers were in less of a hurry but were gifted low full-tosses by Logan van Beek and Pieter Seelaar to keep them going. They posted 39 for the third wicket before du Plessis tried to flick Tom Cooper over deep midwicket but found the fielder.

That was the first of South Africa's careless dismissals, which suggested they were taking their opposition too lightly. De Villiers picked out deep cover; Albie Morkel, who was promoted to No.5 to give him more time in the middle gave deep mid-wicket a catch; and JP Duminy was caught down the leg side. Those four batsmen fell in the space of 45 deliveries in which South Africa did not manage a single boundary.

Van Beek, Malik, Mudassar Bukhari and Timm van der Gugetn took pace off the ball and the Dutch ground fielding gave South Africa as little as they could. Before South Africa knew it, Dale Steyn was batting and their innings was in danger of not lasting the full 20 overs.

David Miller barely had any opportunity to show off his finishing skills and was bowled as he played around a full delivery from Malik. Despite losing seven wickets for 51 South Africa were not bowled out and, according to Tahir, thought their total was enough at the break.

They would have revised that opinion by the end of the third over. Stephan Myburgh, from Pretoria, started as he did in the Dutch chase against Ireland, with aggression and intent. South Africa opened with Albie Morkel instead of JP Duminy for the first time in the tournament and Mybugh took a boundary off him. They had the relative rookie Beuran Hendricks on at the other end and Swart helped himself to a four off him too but it was when Lonwabo Tsotsobe was introduced that Netherlands tucked in.

Myburgh gorged himself with 18 runs off Tsotsobe's first, a slap over point, a clip to long leg, a swing over fine-leg and a swat over mid-off to get the Dutch run-rate up to 10 an over after three. Steyn pulled it back but Tsotsobe took more punishment. His second over cost 15 runs.

Netherlands almost completed the perfect powerplay until Swart, who had mostly been a spectator, tried to clear mid-off but a diving du Plessis gave Steyn his first wicket of the game. Still, the Dutch were 63 for 1 when the fielding restrictions were lifted and well on target.

They were cautious against Tahir at first but took on JP Duminy and it cost Myburgh. After taking 12 runs off the first four balls of Duminy's first over, no other risks had to be taken against him but Myburgh went down the track and inside-edged onto his stumps.

That wicket proved the game-changer and sparked the Dutch collapse. Wesley Barresi was out lbw sweeping Tahir, although replays showed the ball was missing leg-stump, and Peter Borren went the same way. His dismissal was correctly judged.

By the time the captain was dismissed, Netherlands were 96 for 4 and still had Tom Cooper in the middle. His brother Ben went attempting to evade a Steyn bouncer but it was when Tom was bowled trying to pull a quicker Tahir delivery that the chase folded. Although the Dutch needed less than a run a ball, their tail was in and the pressure was too much.

Pieter Seelaar was caught at long-on in the same over and van Beek run-out. Although Bukhari survived Steyn he gave it away off Tsotsobe and was caught at long -on which left van der Gugten and Malik, nursing a niggle, to score 12 runs off 14 balls.

Van der Gugten was dropped off the first of those, by Steyn at midwicket, but the mistake did not cost South Africa. The last pair scored five between them before van der Gugten was caught behind to leave Borren wondering what was worse: to be rolled as they were against Sri Lanka or to have come so close, only to fall so far.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 22:55 GMT)

SA did well to win. Nd did even better to lose.

SA play such an outdated form of T20, but admitedly they are still in it ... no doubt cos their team has such great natural ability.

SA has improved their line up but its hard to see it getting better still cos if they fail again, they'll be out.

Posted by AltafPatel on (March 28, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

Wish SA realize what they have lost so far by ignoring Tahir in shorter format of the cricket, and still ignoring allowing fasters/seamers to open the bowl on spinner friendly conditions and spinner friendly format of the game as he was introduced after 6 overs (60 runs). His six in last ball of danger Malinga shows he can play quick runs in demanding conditions and so should be sent before Tsotsobe, Morne. In WC 11, he was outstanding and Botha broke his finger intentionally seeing his place as spinner in danger. Wish he be regular part of all 3 forms of the cricket for SA.

Posted by AltafPatel on (March 28, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

This group is completely open now. Even performance from Netherland against SA, and Ireland shows they can play role to make the team out of the tournament, so group is even more open now.

Posted by AltafPatel on (March 28, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

SA deserved loss. They not only play bad, they could not sense the conditions in the tournament. All venues are helping spinners a lot, 9 out of top 10 T20I bowlers are spinners, yet they included only one spinner and that too was introduced after 6 overs when Nedherland already scored 60. It was very critical to get wickets early as possible as 145 wasn't big score, they should have given Tahir from first over. Even Steyn was introduced after Albie, Henrick and Tsotsobe which both mistakes costed them not only bonus RR but also might have a match. Miller could not play in both matches when he was supposed to finish, first against SL and now Nedherland. Wish Parnell or Robin Peterson be included in place of in-experienced Henrick when Alex Hales already showed way for hale to SL. Nedherland played really well, they bowled well and than batted except last wickets unnecessarily thrown away when required RR was even less than 5 in last 8 overs. From 39 allout to win might be moral boost.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

@klusenercronje :absolutely true

Posted by klusenercronje on (March 28, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

My analysis:SA are poor players of spin bowling,don't adapt to conditions and match situation,make poor match tactics including team selection,Extremely inflexible and fearful about losing the game and not performing well even before the matches start.They need to overcome this fearfulness and play with calm mind as the match situation demands.I advise the SA team to go for a bungy jump before the semifinal game(if they qualify and if there is any in Bangladesh)to overcome their fear.

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (March 28, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

I think SA should realize after Tahir's and Amit Mishra's performances that spinners hold the key in this tournament. Tsotsobe might be good bowler outside subcontinent but under this conditions he gets reduced to a gentle medium pacer who is easy to pick. SA cannot win with pacers here like they do otherwise. Faf needs to include Phangiso moving ahead. Also they need atleast two of their main batsmen to fire. I think Morne is always a better option than Tsotsobe here because he has got pace and bounce. Good luck SA for the ENG match !

Posted by Protears on (March 28, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

Based on domestic form the team should be;

Reeza Hendricks/Quinton De Kock Hashim Amla AB De Villiers Rillee Roussouw David Miller Faf Du Plessis Robbie Frylick Beuren Hendricks Dale Steyn Dane Piedt Tahir


Khaya Zhondo Stiaan Van Zyl Warne Parnell Chris Morris Kyle Abbott. De Kock/ Reeza Hendricks.

Posted by Haumtum on (March 28, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

NED shows inexperience otherwise SA could easly beaten..

Posted by checkOnCricket on (March 28, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

Hope This match becomes an eye opener for FAF. He has to make changes to the team and should be quick to make sure they qualify. oops.. That was indeed very hard to note that SA was almost going for an UPSET.


1. Tsotsobe( i am finding to even pronounce his name properly) has to be removed. He needs more time to practice in Domestic and then he can make a come back. He is useless bowler. 2. Miller's position has to be changed. His talent is being wasted by FAF. 3. Albie should only be played for his batting and certainly he is not an all rounder. Now i understood Albie Himself was so surprised when he got picked up again in SA Squad. 4. Abd and Duminy should be playing well ahead of other players as they are better hitters and need your best man first. 5. Bowling - Tahir, Hendricks, Steyn, Morne, Duminy , Parnell should be the bowlers ... No more research please.

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

Well played dutch team but the inexpericene caused them this match! I dont know why but i have a feeling that the final will be between Pakistan and India! However goodluck to all the teams in this tournament and may the best team win! Cheers (pakistani fan)

Posted by venkatesh018 on (March 28, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

If S Africa get through from this group, they will be the most undeserving semi-finalists.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 28, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

Well played NED. @Albert_cambell. You are the same who predicted cake walk for SA, isn't you?

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (March 28, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

Is RSA deserving any title .....need to do much more .......they played without any plans .....I think ,SA thought Scotland is very weak against them ....They lost a golden chance to boost their Net run rate they have to have get a victory against ENG ( Q .FINAL ).....good luck

Posted by Philippe on (March 28, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

there is no world class team that performs all over the globe in all formats after ponting's team

Posted by Antony_Lucas on (March 28, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

SA getting through on back of the opposition wilting. I don't think they are deserving semi-finalists. For SA Miller needs a break and Albie Morkel is a number 8 or 9 at best. AB Devilliers looks lost, perhaps a swap for Amla at the top and let Amla float around the middle order if they cant find anybody else. SA may have prevented an embarrassment but the Netherlands produced an astonishing one of their own. I simply cant believe the level of capitulation from that position, irresepective of associate status. I was despondent the group wasnt turned upside down as a result of this match, but as it turns out England did that. Eng vs SA and SL vs NZ now potential quarterfinals. Expect Netherlands to take a backward step after this shattering outcome for them in the next game

Posted by CrapySaysThat on (March 28, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

This is so incredible that both Malik and Tahir are from Pakistan and took the fight solely on their shoulders. Amazing!!!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

Heartbreaking loss for the Netherlands from a strong position. To imagine the storm it would have created if tgey had managed to pull it off!! Great match regardless.

Posted by MeijiMura on (March 28, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

To be 1/80 in the 8th over chasing a modest 146 for victory and then failing to close out the match is very disappointing from the Netherlands. From that position they didn't need to take any risks and they could have played out Steyn and Tahir, kept wickets in hand and then taken on the lesser bowlers, but instead they went for the big shots rather than doing the sensible thing which was to just take the singles. Barresi was unlucky to be given out LBW, a poor decision by umpire Steve Davis, and Ben Cooper got a good ball from Dale Steyn that was too good for him. No-one else has an excuse. Myburgh, Borren and Tom Cooper all played appalling shots to get out amongst a sea of soft dismissals and van Beek's run out was a joke. The Netherlands might yet have snuck home for the victory had Faf du Plessis not pulled off one of the greatest saves in cricket history. Bukhari hit the ball like a rocket and it was four for all money yet Faf du Plessis pulled off a fantastic save at mid off.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 28, 2014, 0:42 GMT)

Very disappointing by SA.Not expected by team of their std.For Eng game should bring in Robbie P in place of Tahir.Though he picked up cheap W vs minnows in this game,Tahir's a liab. in field/bat.Also his loose balls will prove costly v better sides.

Posted by Aus_guy on (March 28, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

What a match between evenly placed two teams, Congrat SA , won against a better Team.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

if NZ wnat to progress they have to bring corry anderson up the order # 3 and tell him son this is your game take bat and hit white ball all corners of the ground sending him @ 5 or 6 is absolutely waste of great talen b mcculum shouls use his brain he can come on any number but corry anderson is the key of NZ success match winner and game changer.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 27, 2014, 21:31 GMT)

Another Incredible performance by the Dutch. They managed to restrict mighty SA to 145 after such a magnificent start. That itself is a great achievement. They should not be disappointed with this loss, but look forward to win the remaining 2 matches.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 27, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

Credit to both sides here. SA for showing fight and composure when under pressure and Netherlands for the way they went about the whole game after the disaster vs SL

As an English fan I'm sad Netherlands didn't win as I believe if they had won it would have improved our chances of qualification. I'd still make SL favourites to qualify from the group and with their superb net RR after the one sided.

Interesting group

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

It was a tremendous effort on the part of netherland ,although they lost but they showed they have talent to beat any team .

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

well done sa. are they serious about tournament? please develop intensity in your game. perhaps we need to admit this team doesnt really have an x-factor beyond steyn...well done tahir but please my friend, the exuberance is simply too much....

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

@Grant Ray-Howett, Raman Bhatia Solomon Raj

I totally agree with all you guys have said.

Both Morkels aren't that good a bowler, Morne is a Nantie Wayward special, Albie A'l be alright is past his prime as a bowler & as for being an All Rounder you just ain't even commin close to Kallis bud, Lopsy is absolutely useless as a bowler & maybe he should take up Tenpin Bowling what ever you do don't include Parnell now just who the heck does that leave back home in terms of "Strike Bowlers well the one wasn't picked & the other one was bought for the IPL but has been in hiding for ages now<--- I recon Marchant must be the ultimate secret weapon so much so that he is kept in a dark room somewhere!!

The selection pannel needs to be replaced with positive forward thinkers not tinkerers!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 27, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

This match puts to bed a few misconceptions:

1. Amla is slow, & drags down the run rate. Today he was SA's highest scorer, at the best SR: scored twice the runs AB did, at twice the SR. His T20 SR is better than de Kock & 1 less than AB.

2. AB must move up the order. Why? So he can throw away his wicket sooner?

3. AB is a finisher. Yes, he finishes batting quickly - within a few overs.

4. Albie needs time at the crease. Yes. He must bat longer & not throw away his wicket. Tahir faced half the balls, scored almost double the runs, at 3 times the SR!

5. Albie can bowl. Yes, but not well.

6. Miller needs time at the crease. Why? In at over 13, out in over 18, had half the strike & scored 17 at SR 94. Tahir did better.

7. Tsotsobe can bat, field & bowl. No.

8. Faf is a good skipper, Domingo a good coach, the best are selected. No, no & no. Albie is in the team AND opened the bowling. Tsotsobe in 3 matches, ave 106, econ 8.83, SR 72 while Hendricks & Parnell sit on the bench?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

Sa back on track best of luck men on Saturday crucial match ??

Posted by Musadiq_Ali on (March 27, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

team @cricinfo can you please restore the look of old scoreboard look it's totally carped and difficult to look into rows and column have no table formation properly. and the size of score card must be 2/3 of screen ..... you ppl are losing grip

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 18:49 GMT)

south africa did not deserve to win this match. You feel bad for the dutch. They played well and deserved to win.

Posted by shoaibista on (March 27, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

Never consider any team as weaker. And today South Africa were about to choke again

Posted by FredElliot on (March 27, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

Net Run Rate is now not an issue. If SA beat England in the next match they are in the semi finals.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 27, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Let's be honest, Netherlands handed the match over to SA on a platter. It was the Netherlands' game to win. SA were looking ordinary and I still feel they are an ordinary team who will be found out later on. Still, Netherlands should have won it on a canter. I can't see Netherlands upsetting England or NZ now. SA could find themselves in a lot of trouble if they play the same way against England in their last group match.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Netherlands have won the hearts. Congratulation to Ahsan Malik for taking 5 wickets.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

can someone please tell me how on earth Albie Morkel is still in this team?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

weaker team won.. so sad for Holland

Posted by Sagar_Sharma on (March 27, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

In back of their mind - Netherlands will be leased... they almost took one off against one of the top rated teams.

For South Africa, they will be relieved... they almost went down to a team tenth as accomplished as them.

I was like watching a militia force "almost" take out an elite special ops squad... ALMOST!!!

It is always fun watching an underdog beat the top dog... but it was not meant to be tonight!!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

With this performance, i feel a possible SL and England qualifiers. People dismissing amla, what a way to show how to do it!

Posted by twistatwistaa on (March 27, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

@ballonbat , i was not serious about it , it was just a sarcastic comment against african selectors who do not trust tahir and pick robin peterson over him which costed africa series against aussies.... on a serious note this is really not working for south africa. decock devillers and miller are constantly failing and are low on confidence on the other hand amla is playing very much unlike him trying to hit every ball out of ground ,that wasnt the role he was given and jp dumminy only player in form is pushed so low down the order if africa want to win their team should be something like this 1) duplesis 2) decock 3) jp dumminy 4) amla 5) albie morkel 6 ) devillers 7)parnell,8 hendricks 9) steyn 10) morne morkel 11) tahir key too sucess 1 amla's role strike rotation 2 devillers plays with double mind and always trying to find gap instead of just hitting it clean straight and on his strength 3 ) do not give mornemorkel depth overs he is obnoxious at the begining

Posted by Iceman29 on (March 27, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Two evenly matched teams what a nail biting finish...well played SA :P....

Posted by twistatwistaa on (March 27, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

and finally put miller in a commentary box, he gives too much of advices to other players during match

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Well done Amla. Keep it up against the big guns now. After the powerplay (6 overs), SA were 58/2. That was a perfect start in terms of run rate. Losing 2 wickets was not that bad, as you have to try and take advantage of the powerplay with the fielders in. Later on scoring is more difficult with fielders on the boundary and the spinners bowling. Perhaps AB should open in place of QDK. He scored 146 in the 2007 world cup opening the batting against the WI. Then Miller at 3.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

So someone wants to drop Tahir when he basically got the Proteas out of trouble on both occasions. Crazy. Look at the batsmen.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Please just get rid of Tsotsobe, he can not bat, neither field or bowl, how many runs must be hit of him before he is dropped???? And don't criticise Miller or De Villiers, the must get in much sooner then we wil see the best of them! Miller at 6 is a waste! He only has a few balls to create something.... The whole batting order should be changed, Parnell in for Tsotsobe!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

I completely agree with Daryl Cullinan's comments in the video above. The SA team is not thinking about this in the right way. Team management seems hell bent on sticking to a plan and is not using the players in the best form in the right way at the moment. I have already given up hopes that SA will win this tournament and that is not a lack of faith in the players but in management and strategy. If it where not for Steyn and Tahir, our bowling looks distinctly ordinary and similarly with the batting without Dumminy and funnily enough Amla. SA have not won a major ICB tournament since 1998 and this should be the priority and we just don't seem to be committed to doing whatever it takes to win. I am very very disappointed in the whole affair and at the moment, SA does not deserve to win. Hopefully there is a bit of a wake up call and they guys do something but I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

The problem with South Africa is that they have only Steyn capable of taking wickets and blocking the runs. The other fast bowlers like Tsotsobe, Morkel, and Albie are just doing the formality of bowling. If South Africa wants to Win big tournament they need bowlers like Steyn and batsmen who has the capability of performing under pressure.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

The expected thing has happened ! SA wanted to replicate the Lankan way of dealing with the Dutch Team, a few days back.

But Today almost belonged to the Dutch and they were about to be the Giant killers ! SA has underestimated the Dutch from the word go and paid the price for their complacency. Providentially, the Proteas scrapped thro' by a whisker !

Posted by Kirstenfan on (March 27, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Tsotsobe is still unfit and useless, can only be there for one reason....

Posted by jb633 on (March 27, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

@thecricketpurist, I agree dropping Amla would make no sense. My huge issue with SA is the guys like Miller and Albie. I mean I have seen these guys smack domestic bowlers around but how much longer can SA carry these passengers. Both of them lack the ability against top class bowling attacks. Miller in a SA shirt lets them down time and time again. It is about time the selectors starting asking questions of him. If he can't answer them he deserves to go.

Posted by KrikIndFan on (March 27, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

This WC has proved that T20 is a not a merely batsman game with a lot big teams like India, SL, SA winning based on their bowling. On the other hand, bravo Netherlands for improving from the last stop and not giving up. Playing Steyn is even more difficult than Malinga.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Imran Tahir 4 wickets and last 10 runs made this match for SA. What else do you want.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

#twistatwis Imran Tahir 4 wickets and last 10 runs made this match for SA. What else do you want.

Posted by ballonbat on (March 27, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

@ twistatwistaa You're joking surely? If not, I'm glad you're not one of the SA selectors. Tahir has been, together with Steyn, the pick of the Proteas bowlers. So, you'd prefer Albie Morkel to Steyn because Albie's an all rounder and Steyn is a specialist? And perhaps Parnell to Miller because Miller can't bowl? I agree Robbie P would be very useful in the team but not in place of Tahir.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 27, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

SA won but are already behind in the NRR game.

Posted by theCricketPurist on (March 27, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

Really strange. When the proteas play well they lose the close games. And when they are playing poorly they win the close ones. LOL

But overall they will have to step up big time to beat England.

Also, my view on Amla has been vindicated. He is not the problem. The reall issue here is that the rest of the batsman are not really firing.

Posted by twistatwistaa on (March 27, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

and robin peterson should be in the team in place of tahir, how can they drop him he is a allrounder and tahir cant bat at all, we dont want specialist we want more allrounders in our team ,

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

South Africa is a very good team .. al balanced team... the only thing worrying is the t20 form of AB diviliers... once thats is done they will come more as a unit.. ITs been the bowlers who were on show for them.. time for the Batters to step up...:) Please dont juggle the batting order ... Duminy at $ followd by Diviliers is . briliant ...all the best

Posted by brusselslion on (March 27, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Well played the Dutch. A shame that they couldn't close out the game.

Would any of the posters who suggested that the Netherlands were not worth their place in the final groupings after the SL game care to comment now? Thought not.

Posted by ADARSH100 on (March 27, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Well played Netherlands. It was such a fight you put up against the giant. It was never easy to hold the nerve after that thrashing in the hands of Srilanka. I was expecting them to hold the victory but it got disappointed. They lacked big match experience and that costed this match. All the players went for big slogs even after the run rate was below 6. If they have played sensibly, the victory was sure. But well played. South Africa has to introspect themselves before going to big matches. That is the conclusion.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (March 27, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

Well played Netherlands. Their inexperience showed through though, one wonders what would have been if they played more international cricket. These associates have some serious talent. On SA, I do believe they were trying to up their run rate and took the opposition too lightly, but it is not an excuse. They had a bright start and they have good players in the middle they just need to play sensibly. Their bowling needs some tinkering however. Steyn and Tahir need to stay. Duminy is fine as the part timer but Tahir needs another spinner to assist him, especially on these pitches. So, Phansigo comes in for Morkel. Albie isn't doing much with either bat or ball. The way Tsotsobe bowled today was abysmal. I am not sure about Parnell's availability but he should swap in for Tsotsobe, strengthing the batting a bit as well. Hendricks did well today and has much more promise than Tsotsobe, so he could get some more chances.

Posted by Arthur on (March 27, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

I think what people fail to see s that T20 is a lottery and it evens the odds, even before the teams are on the park, whether stronger teams are playing an associate member or not. South Africa had no right to think they would just pitch and win the game - I'm sure they knew they were going to have to earn it! Funny that pundits don't accord NZ and the Dutch the chokers' tag - because that's what they did against South Africa. These teams should have put one over South Africa, but lost the plot in the cauldron of T20, while SA, whose nerve were admittedly jangled at times, kept their composure. However when the Dutch needed less than run a ball, beyond me why they were trying to hit the likes of Steyn out the park, when singles could have taken them closer - and possibly home! What was the coach saying/thinking after their opener's scintillating innings? Surely he should have spoken sense into some of the batsmen? It would be brave to write off SA - they could yet finally come good.

Posted by ForeverProteas49 on (March 27, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

@Andrew Milne, I wonder if you are really south African like you say you are, probably not, well your team crumbled under pressure so you lost just like England is going to lose today, catches win matches, tell your team that when you seem them again, cheers

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

if it was a case of under estimation .... let it stop today ...I luv zim and sa cricket , but they're just not serious enough to go all the way . hopefully its a lesson learnt ..anyway all the best

Posted by twistatwistaa on (March 27, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

david miller and ab devillers are big hitters but only in ram slam

Posted by Azurite on (March 27, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

@Andrew Milne Wow. Do you actually support the Proteas? Wishing our team would lose? Seems that is not the case to me. Well then, enjoy supporting the Netherlands losing, as they will not win any game against the top sides this year. The Proteas do not need fake supporters like you. Cheers and good riddance to you sir. Well done Proteas, you are not playing wee, but winning is good feeling!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

You guys playing very well Netherlands, you made that Associate proud guys, Best of luck for upcoming matches from Nepal.

Posted by fiddlerv90 on (March 27, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

Wow NED surprised me a lot, they did everything right except loosing concetration when a victory is an inch away. SA were caught crawling on their toes in power play but champions fight until de last ball or wicket, which they did so well in the past three matches except having lost to sri lanka. NED did not drop any catch which is good 4 for their confidence into their 3rd march. Tahir and steyn-remover did everything to win, and their effort paid off..

Amla you are almost there. Take spinners to cleaners . King Hash!! Big thanx proteas but i'm still disappointed though

Posted by ispaewbi on (March 27, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Dutch had the game in hand but inexperience showed and cost them the match. Good learning experience, very exciting team to watch.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

because of the reservation scheme RSA are losing good players .... kp, trott,......,,....,..& now mybrugh .... And wat else lopsy has to do to get out of the side... fear Parnell. will be benched forever...

Posted by StevieS on (March 27, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

Nikko Chunn I know! Was so hoping the Dutch could pull this of for NZ's sake, at least their run rate is still poor. Frankly if we don't beat Sri Lanka then we don't deserve to go through.

Posted by cooljalz on (March 27, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

I think SA are deliberately taking every game down to the wire just to perhaps practice for the knockout stages! Lol! Anyways good for me bcoz all 3 safs inmy fantasy team were right on the money! Cheers!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

I South African and wished the Proteas lost today. The quicker the Proteas exit this tournament the better, what a pathetic display, shame on them. It is time to fire the coach + captain and clean house. Bad luck to the Dutch team they deserved to win but mentally did not believe in themselves to drive their massive advantage home !

Posted by indian123 on (March 27, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

After watching todays game i strongly feel the only things these teams(atleast netherlands) lack is big match experience..With some explosive players they can add a zing to the game.. I believe IPL can do a big favor to the associate countries if they make it mandatory to play one associate player in each team..thus allowing the Myburghs and coopers to get big match temperament.

Posted by Test_nut on (March 27, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

Tahir+Steyn = 24 overs 17 for 147 at an average of less than 10 v.s. Tsotsobe + Morkel = 19 overs 3 for 187 at an average of over 60. That says it all. And funnily enough, we drop Morkel who has double the wickets (admittedly only 2) at half the average of Tsostobe, and can actually hold a bat. I'm not suggesting for a minute that Morkel should play, but rather that Tsotsobe should definitely not. He has been on a downward slide for a number of years and it is clear that this shows no sign of abating. He is, quite simply, not good enough. Let's hope the Indian authorities don't arrest Parnell so that he can (hopefully) breathe new life into this old dog of a team. They were dreadful today. Hard luck to the Netherlands, but, let's be honest, they threw it away. And we were lucky. Real lucky. We had better hope Sri Lanka win both of their games as I don't see NZ capitulating against the Dutch like we did. Shocking stuff.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

Irresponsible bating cost the game for Netherlands.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

Twice in two days NZ misses out on a virtual semi-final berth!! Unlucky Netherlands, you nearly did it for us too 8-) Hard luck / Good effort boyz.... Now we (black Caps) have to beat Sri Lanka... fingers crossed SL thrash England, then our match will be dead rubber for them 8-)

Posted by vishwa1111 on (March 27, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

I really like Firdose Moonda's previw oabout the match..SA's chances to up the net run rate....hehehehe LOL

Posted by wapuser on (March 27, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

Netherlands have revived my passion for cricket ! A team that does not have any star player and is playing in such alien conditions gave one of the most formidable teams a scare!!!! There is no fun in watching teams getting rolled over by other superior teams or teams who are accustomed to conditions .I hope they give Netherlands their odi status back otherwise the sport will never grow !!! They do not even have a proper spinner and are doing so well

Posted by wanatawu on (March 27, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

Myburgh just show how many good players SA lost because of bad planning.

Posted by hail_sarcasm on (March 27, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

Though SA has not performed to their potential, mainly because targetted too much and in d end fell short. NL promised a win at start but buckled under pressure. Overall happy with their performance. This makes very strong case in favour of so called associate nations and raises huge question mark over BD's status. I think Zim,NL & IRL are better teams and deserve more matches or equal chances compared to BD. Whenever i see BD's under-19 performance, i always think, why they are not able to replicate the same at bigger levels. But surely teams can produce competative performances atleast in the shorter version of the game, given a chance. In 20-20, one good performance can change the game on it's head and Myburg was on the verge of providing one, but fell short. Better luck next time. Best of luck ENG & SL.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

pathetic batting SA. Opening with Morkel??. get rid of Faf, he's a show pony. coach has no experience, get him out.

Posted by ToadyB on (March 27, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Nicely done by the Dutch, who were extremely unlucky not to win, and congratulations to Tahir and Steyn on the fight back. SA will have to be asking some big questions over their selection after that performance. When you consider the start that they were given by Amla, a total of 145 was woefully inadequate, and the bowling and fielding against a side that was skittled by Sri Lanka was woeful. Albie Morke was particularly dire, whle Mler also continue to fail to impress, but the biggest question has to be over Faf du Plessis' captaincy.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

ND played well played but have to say it was their game to loose and they lost it. good bowling with good start but they sinply got carried away after the start.

they needed a sensible approach after the opening stand and run rate required was less than 6. got unlucky with 1 decision but simply not good enough to beat top teams. you have to give 100% against top teams.

SA. almost lost it but they did held on and finally crossed the line. pushed harder in all 3 games they have played so far.

Posted by champion11111 on (March 27, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

what well played ??.....they made a crap out of it..... ny team would have won that match...tht is the only reason this team will always be associates.... 60 balls around 50 runs 7 wickets....but lost the mtch... Indeed they played well/....they don't have the believe to win a match...

Posted by die_hard_cricketer on (March 27, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

And there is a good example for all those whinging why SA don't swing at every ball instead of have a more controlled approach. Nearly bowled out by NL ! What will the stronger teams do if that was our approach.

And Faff needs to really wakeup. Adapt to the game on-field. When certain bowlers are being hit all over the park, look to those who are not.

Well played NL! England will be worried, but not so much for SA - more for NL!

Posted by ForeverProteas49 on (March 27, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

As a Proteas fan, we played Netherlands, Very good effort but crumbled under the pressure, Now my team, bad bad bad, boys, 210+ was there for the taking, We have got to up our game for Saturday and beyond, We cannot play like this against stronger opponents

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Netherlands might have won it if they had played little sensibly, when they had just over 4 runs per over to be scored they were in a hurry. But today Netherlands played well, All the best for Dutches, For SA it's almost they had their hearts in their mouths.

Posted by Lance_Mhrzn on (March 27, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

SA must be hugely relieved "Phew!" Fans should have been entirely thrilled and if Netherlands had been any other Test playing nation then they would have won the match without much pressure, keeping in mind their fantastic and breath-taking start. Definitely a thrilling match... and Netherlands could've set another upset ... Phew, it wasn't against SA(want SAs in the semis). Nonetheless, dark horses of the tournament sure have shown that they can chase any opponent if they improve their lower order and train them to clam down in these situation.Today, they've surely proven that associates aren't easy pushovers... and that with a bit more training there won't be just 10 Test playing nations All the best to Netherlands!!Sadly Nepal couldn't reach the final rounds though and if they had then they too could've got an opportunity to prove their might or at least gain those valuable experiences P.S. : These type of matches are the backbone for cricket's development and popularity.

Posted by realfan on (March 27, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

lol look the celebration of tsotsobe, he went for 40+ runs took a lone wicket of tailender that too when he slogged and he is celebrating like he has got a wicket of best batsman in the world for a great ball.... grow up tsotsobe... you went for 40+ against NED....

Posted by twistedseatbelt on (March 27, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

Yet another match, yet another example of the golden boy AB throwing his wicket away. WOW must be wonderful to be able to bat like a 12 year old, no maturity, no responsibility, he can do no wrong in the eyes of the public, media, selectors and team. but Well done SA!

Posted by realfan on (March 27, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

well played ntherlands... our fellow asian team BD should line from the team tlike netherlands, afgan.... they are not even exposed to international cricket properly and look at them making such fight .... where as BD was there tfrom 15 years and still they cant win in their backyard...... little bit of experience should have been helped netherlands.... hope the big 3 especially BCCI look at these teams afgan, ned, ireland, nepal and help them financially and techincally to come up in their game... BCCi has helped lanka, zimbambwe, NZ in the past , they can do it now for these team also... well played guy.... you just need some good infrastructure and a good coaching facility and you too can compete with likt likes of WI, NZ, Lanka....

Posted by stormer1980 on (March 27, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

Absolute HOGWASH by Saffa cricket team ... underestimated this Netherlands team and almost got beat ! Tsotsobe is an absolute embarrasment with the ball .. A Morkel inclusion showing just how much of a waste it was and Miller just not reaching the potential .. AB doing everything to lose his wicket these days and FAF captaincy leaves alot to be desired We have such awsome 20/20 cricketer in SA , Chris Morris , Heino Kuhn , Stian Van Zyl , coupla big al rounders who can smash from the first ball , David Wiese to name just a few , good spin optino with Roelof vd Merwe ! I would've even given Richard Levi another shot , couldnt be worse than these lot .. Well Done to Steyn and Tahir !

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

Dissappointing for the Dutch, surely... just take the singles lads!! For SA you would think that this result is scarcely better than a loss when you consider that they will have made up no ground on their NRR in this match, they are probably going to need 3 wins now to progress.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 27, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

It all went well in the end. Thanks to Netherlands for putting up a good show. AS I mentioned earlier we need someone who can bat at No.8. Common faf replace Tsotsobe with parnell. Parnell can bat well at the lower order. Today too our bating collapsed simply because we had no one who can bat after Miller at No.7.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 27, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

First of all, well done Dutch. SA did manage the points but um in doubt they can qualify semi or its over in the first round... bcz they r in a weak position 4 d NRR.... ENG match gonna b very important..

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

wow. grate come back by netherlands.. must win game... how unluky itz ends.. anyway u fought well. congrtzz for S.A. #sri lanka

Posted by Joe-car on (March 27, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

South Africa: two get-out-of-jail cards, used them both.

Posted by SL_Fan_1985 on (March 27, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

Well done Netherlands.....very well played....(Light Congradz to SA......) BD should learn from Ned....

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

South Africa can get rid this shame finally......and Dutches played magnificently......what a match!!! all the best for Dutches......

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 27, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

Ahhh - hard lines Netherlands. So close - what a valiant effort! Cracking game.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 27, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

How fitting if Jamil hits the winning runs here, after his 5-fer...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

Netherlands putting on a credible fight here...

Posted by Basil777 on (March 27, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

As a Protea fan I am very dissapointed in the captaincy and batting

Posted by mdrafisaad on (March 27, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

What a delight to watch the Netherlands team .... one word... believe...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

what a batting by myburg he hits like a kik start....!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

that 3 r wicket decision was such a bad umpiring

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

well played by NL. bowled good and started off well but need to calm down now once Rrr is well in reach

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

Myburgh already demolished safrican attack........ south Africa in deep trouble now

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

its great come back by Netherlands. congrats boys. must win this by Netherlands.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

Omg it's great come back by Netherlands. coin boys

Posted by MTA_Mounties on (March 27, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

South Africa- worst 20-20 performance ever by one of the big nations shaping up. Getting blown away by an associate club. Absoloutely shameful.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 27, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

very very poor performance by SA, thats why i did not bet for SA in big goes to ND...brilliant come back from terrible performance of last match....really they tied SA hitters...smelling an upset here..but until Steyn is in team it hardly possible...

Posted by prabhudeva on (March 27, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

SA r real chopppers no matter what they do (win/loss)

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

SAF's score of 145 will be enough for a easy win. Can't see Netherlands coping with Steyn and co.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

good come back NLs. Amla bit unlucky and that was the turning point from my view. SA should calm down whn they loose a wicket. poor cricket by SA. And malik was outstanding. interesting game any way.

Posted by Lloydster on (March 27, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

What an embarrassing anti -climax. Early exit yet again and this will continue until the Coaching/ admin personnel are replaced, once again. This side is so undercooked and out of form, have they no self pride left. England will no doubt crush this team once and for all. Very disappointed Saffa

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

Netherlands have done a great job restricting SAF to 145. They have a chance to put one over SAF now if they bat like they can. SAF don't have the same mystery as the Sri Lankans.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

Poor performance from SA...

Posted by Mervo on (March 27, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Strange how this T20 stuff makes instant 'heroes' out of "Neville Nobody's". Even Tom Cooper got a wicket! How bizarre is that pitch!

Posted by amila_buwa on (March 27, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

In the morning it said a great chance for SA to improve NRR. I think now it is nothing about NRR, it is about survival for SA.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

question raised by Netherlands aftr srilanka match is answered today by yhemselves

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

South africans under estimated the nethrlands ... Any thing can happen in this match

Posted by heartyCricketer on (March 27, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

It could be curtains for SA ...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

Seeing an upset over here

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

South African batsmen must get their mindset right or an early exit from the wc would be inevitable.Poor cricket from the batsmen.Bowlers can't perform every time!!

Posted by wanatawu on (March 27, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Qdk first ball, looks scary.

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