Netherlands v NZ, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 29, 2014

McCullum steers NZ's best World T20 chase


New Zealand 152 for 4 (McCullum 65, van der Gugten 3-30) beat Netherlands 151 for 4 (Borren 49, Cooper 40*) by six wickets
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Netherlands competed gamely for 34 overs in Chittagong, but Brendon McCullum struck an unruffled 65 from 45 to drive New Zealand's highest successful World Twenty20 chase, which was completed with six wickets and an over to spare. New Zealand needed 56 from the last six overs, before McCullum whipped a flat six over deep square leg to ease the final charge in motion. Had the man on the fence been right back on he rope, he might have caught McCullum to give Netherlands a chance, but McCullum would maul 30 from his last 12 balls, leaving Corey Anderson and Jimmy Neesham with a short skip to the finish.

Peter Borren and Tom Cooper had put on Netherlands' best stand against a Test nation, hitting 60 together towards the end of their team's innings, but though New Zealand only took four wickets, their discipline caged the opposition. Borren, who top-scored with 49, felt his team were about 20 runs short on a decent batting pitch. New Zealand's calculating chase confirmed as much.

Netherlands had had the best starts of the tournament before this match, averaging a run rate of 9.13 in the Powerplay, but managed only 37 for 1 in the first six overs, thanks largely to Trent Boult's parsimony. Boult replaced Tim Southee for this match, and his control at the outset delivered him the wicket of Stephan Myburgh for 16, when the batsman attempted an aggressive pull following a sedate start.

Borren's best T20 knock gave shape to Netherlands' middle overs, as he ventured calculated strikes against bowlers he fancied. Kane Williamson's solitary over disappeared for 17, after Borren advanced to deposit him over long on, before hitting two more fours in the over. Anderson would also suffer by his blade.

A reverse-swept boundary off his fourth ball suggested Tom Cooper had lost none of his form following two mediocre innings, and he would go on to wallop an unbeaten 40 off 23, reclaiming the top place in the tournament's run-scorers' table. Netherlands had been poised for a late blitz at 141 for 4 after 18 overs, but excellent death bowling ensured the final overs would wrest back momentum. Neesham - who had replaced Colin Munro for this match - sent down wide yorkers to concede only one run in the 19th, although three of them were very close to being called wides. Boult kept the final over to nine.

New Zealand's start had as been as restrained as the opposition's, but that was largely a result of a less ambitious outlook. McCullum would progress at not much better than a run-a-ball for much of his innings, as top-order teammates made starts and got out around him. Timm van der Gugten was the best of Netherlands' bowlers, taking 3 for 30 in four overs of lively, accurate seam, but Ahsan Malik's cutters were less effective in this match, despite the dry surface.

Malik's third over - the 16th of the innings - would bring the definitive shift for New Zealand, as McCullum lofted a six over deep extra cover to complete his 13th T20 fifty and Anderson bludgeoned a four down the ground to plunder 16 from the over. He had also become the first man to 2000 T20 international runs during the innings. McCullum departed in the next over, but with 17 needed off 19, he left the match firmly in New Zealand's hands.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Derek on March 31, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Its a shame the Dutch and West Indies cricket management cannot thrash out reciprocal arrangements which see the Dutch figure in the WI domestic season and likewise. This would guarantee more cricket for all parties. This is even more important considering the Dutch have lost their international status.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Shane Bond, if that is you - you were a true ornament to the game, and you are missed.

    Your record against my country (Aus) especially is one that will be envied. It's a sad era in cricket when the likes of you and Brett Lee aren't running around destroying teams with 150k+ swing.

    What are your thoughts on the prominence of spin in the T20 format? What can be done to bring back true fast bowlers?

  • Winston on March 30, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Dear Mr. Shane Bond. You have misread my comment. I am not a Netherland but an Australian. I like New Zealand much more than Netherland.

    What I said was the said Umpire even being an Australian he is not up to the world standard to officiate such tournaments.

    No team can play against 12 or 13 players but they can play only against 11.

  • Android on March 30, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    @wmendis Your team loses, blame the umpire. Umpires are human, not machines. No DRS needed. Its fun to see cricket in old ways.

  • dave on March 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Mc Cullum batted for the team, unlike the SA game and the younger guys followed. Guptil is a worry but if he comes right he is great. Agree with the comments about the bowling - try Williamson and Neesham before the batsmen are set and the slog goes on. Otherwise a big improvement but SL will be tough.Its 20 /20 - a lottery.

  • Android on March 30, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    it seems South Afruca is destined to go all the way. India looks good but I would back . moizeLanka to win

  • jared on March 30, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    some strange stratagies are making hard work of this t20 tournament, why are they persisting with williamson as a bowling option, why did neesham only bowl 2 overs late in the innings and mills didn't bowl out his four, its almost like they go into the game without a bowling plan, if kyle mills isn't a death bowler, bowl him out at the start of the innings, hopefully they sort it out against srilanka and have the best players bowling out their four overs, making matters worse one of our premiere t20 batters is in terriable form, i don't think guptill can be risked in what is effectively a quarter final and maybe devcich should get a go, i still dont think nz have played their best xi yet which is another stratergy head scratcher, they would allready be in the semi's if they sorted this stuff out at the start of the tournament, instead, sadly against srilanka in these condition this is probably as far as we'll get, lets hope not

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Neesham as an opener??? Just putting it out there. Or at least put him up the order in ODI's. He has a great temperament and always looks calm. He is the kind of player who with more time out the middle (being put up the order) will develop into a world class left hander.

  • Winston on March 30, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Umpiring in this T20 WC is subs-standard. Mr. Brian Oxenford is the most inconsistent and far below standard UMPIRE in this series. He was not consistent at all. In this match he made blunders that had a very bad effect on the results of the match. Comentators even discussed some of his decisions.

    It is not the first time he gave wrong decisions. I am a keen follower of cricket and watch all the matches. The decision on wides in the last match would have been a cruicial one. Earlier he gave some decisions on caught behind as well as some LBW which were very poor.

    Absent of DRS helped him to go with his decisions without any compromise. If DRS would have been there most of his decisions would have been reversed

    Is there any penalties for umpires like this? I hope he should have NOT selected for big events like this.

  • Angus on March 29, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    Pleased to watch Trent bowl with some reward in this format. Bit sloppy in the field which needs to be remedied before Sri Lanka. Great to watch Baz bat with maturity and bat us into a strong position but his dismissal was poor.

    Selection dilemma over the pace options. Tim isn't stepping up to the plate. Mitch is bowling with pace but he bowls too short too often. We're not going to run through sides and that's a worry.

    Marty looks hopelessly out of form opening but it's probably too late now for Anton to get a chance. It'll be a surprise if we get up over Sri Lanka but hope springs eternal. Prove me wrong guys.

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