World T20, 12th Match, First Round Group B: Ireland v Netherlands at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014
World T20 - 12th match, First Round Group B
Netherlands won by 6 wickets (with 37 balls remaining)
Played at Sylhet Stadium (neutral venue)
21 March 2014 - day/night match (20-over match)

Welcome back. For Netherlands, this is a 14.2 over game


Stirling to Borren, FOUR, that's not a bad way to start! Stirling tossed it down the leg side and Borren went on his knee and swept it in the air down to fine leg


Stirling to Borren, no run, went down the track and checked his shot, the ball drops on the pitch


Stirling to Borren, 1 run, he goes back and whips it to the leg side


Stirling to Myburgh, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes it to the off side


Stirling to Borren, 1 run, goes back and whips it with the turn to the on side


Stirling to Myburgh, 2 runs, this was heaved away but mistimed, down on his knee and the ball is in the air and drops at deep midwicket

Jack: "Yesterday it was 13.2 overs and today it is 14.2 overs. I think Netherlands can go for boom boom actions. Even if they win after 14.2, it is not useful."

End of over 1 (9 runs) Netherlands 9/0 (181 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 9.52)

    • SJ Myburgh 3 (2b)
    • PW Borren 6 (4b 1x4)
    • PR Stirling 1-0-9-0

McBrine to Borren, SIX, that went a really long way! Spin from this end as well, he comes down the track and lofts him high over long-on


McBrine to Borren, 1 leg bye, comes down the track and the ball hits his pads and drops on the pitch


McBrine to Myburgh, SIX, they're looking comfortable against spin! Tossed up on middle and he gets on his knee and slogs him and it drops just over the rope at deep midwicket


McBrine to Myburgh, SIX, same direction and he goes longer! Tossed up and he gets on his knee and slogs him high over deep midwicket


McBrine to Myburgh, SIX, even longer and higher! Myburgh on his knee and he sends it over deep midwicket


McBrine to Myburgh, no run, goes for the slog but he misses this one, held back the pace

End of over 2 (25 runs) Netherlands 34/0 (156 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 17.00, RRR: 8.66)

    • SJ Myburgh 21 (6b 3x6)
    • PW Borren 12 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • AR McBrine 1-0-24-0
    • PR Stirling 1-0-9-0

Murtagh comes in


Murtagh to Borren, no run, he beats the bat first up as the batsman has a poke at this length delivery outside off


Murtagh to Borren, SIX, raining sixes here! What a shot this is! He bends down on his knee and laps up the length delivery over deep square leg


Murtagh to Borren, 1 leg bye, dances down the pitch and misses it as the bowler fires it on the pads, they take a leg bye

Faraz: "What a disastrous first over from McBrine. Hope it doesn't set the tone for the innings. "


Murtagh to Myburgh, FOUR, another boundary! This is a deluge.. everything is hitting the middle. The batsman mows across the line and slaps it to deep square leg


Murtagh to Myburgh, no run, he bowls the slower bouncer and it lobs above the batsman's cross-batted swing, beaten outside off


Murtagh to Myburgh, 1 run, a good yorker from the bowler this time, it can only be dug out as far as mid on for a single

End of over 3 (12 runs) Netherlands 46/0 (144 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 15.33, RRR: 8.47)

    • SJ Myburgh 26 (9b 1x4 3x6)
    • PW Borren 18 (9b 1x4 2x6)
    • TJ Murtagh 1-0-11-0
    • AR McBrine 1-0-24-0

At this rate, Netherlands will do it in less than 13 overs.. Excellent start by the batsman. Cusack comes in to replace McBrine

Vaibhav Gupta: "And I thought this match was already over for Netherlands. The game has just started and looks like netherlands are not going down without a fight :)"


Cusack to Myburgh, SIX, one more! This is in the arc and it's flat-batted down to the long-on boundary.. There is a fielder there, who moves to his right but has no chance..The 50 is up.. what is it the 4th over!


Cusack to Myburgh, SIX, whoa! This is unbelievable! The batsman goes for a pull, gets a top edge and for a moment, it looks like someone would get under it.. no, this over fine leg


Cusack to Myburgh, SIX, this is massive! What is going on! This is the best of all! Overpitched delivery. It's murdered to the sight screen area

Htis this madnes... Mind the tyupos


Cusack to Myburgh, no run, bowls a full and wide delivery outside off from round the wicket.. The batsman misses it this time.. The umpire says it's ok.. could have been a wide on another day

Vin: "Reminds me of Shane Warne Cricket on PS1"


Cusack to Myburgh, no run, looks to send this to Amstedamn, makes no connection though.. First miss I have seen in a loooong time

mohd kashif: "I already spoke to my boss and leaving the office to watching rain of sixer..."

Vamsi: "This is madness, this is blasphemy... THIS IS MYBURGH. Can test teams live up to this kind of challenge?"


Cusack to Myburgh, FOUR, full toss wide outside off, invitation to hit, the batsman goes down on his knee and powers it over the infield.. Keep them coming.. It's only a four..

End of over 4 (22 runs) Netherlands 68/0 (122 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 17.00, RRR: 7.62)

    • SJ Myburgh 48 (15b 2x4 6x6)
    • PW Borren 18 (9b 1x4 2x6)
    • AR Cusack 1-0-22-0
    • TJ Murtagh 1-0-11-0

Murtagh to Borren, FOUR, What the!!! This is wide outside off and the batsman drags it to the deep midwicket boundary with a powerful mow!

Mark: "I noticed a few comments saying how Ireland are head and shoulders above other associate teams. They are not. You can't tell whether a total is adequate or not until both teams have batted. These are very short boundaries and whether Holland can reach their target in 14.2 overs or not, Ireland are surely out of this."


Murtagh to Borren, 1 run, a very good yorker from Murtaugh! The batsman flicks it fine on the leg side for a single

Edwin: "That is the third hat-trick of sixes in the match. This is a super match. Seems like every over is a super over."


Murtagh to Myburgh, no run, a very good short ball from Murtaugh, gets it high up on the shoulder.. The batsman swings his bat, but misses the top edge


Murtagh to Myburgh, FOUR, low full toss on the stumps! That is whacked straight down the ground for another boundary.. That is also Myburgh's fifty.. off only 17 balls


Murtagh to Myburgh, FOUR, the cover dives to his left, the extra cover dives to his right.. but no one gets a hand to it.. Myburgh slams the low full toss to the boundary again..

gav: "Ireland ARE head and shoulders above the other associates, this is just awesome batting from a team with nothing to lose."


Murtagh to Myburgh, 1 leg bye, looks to slog it to the leg side but misses, they take a leg bye to short third man anyway

kuda: "delighted ZIM supporter, we love you netherlands!"

End of over 5 (14 runs) Netherlands 82/0 (108 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 16.40, RRR: 7.20)

    • SJ Myburgh 56 (19b 4x4 6x6)
    • PW Borren 23 (11b 2x4 2x6)
    • TJ Murtagh 2-0-24-0
    • AR Cusack 1-0-22-0

108 required off 56 balls for Netherlands..

Simon: "Despite the carnage a wicket or two can change things rapidly in T20 cricket. If every Dutchman is going to come out swinging a collapse is only round the corner. That said..."


O'Brien to Myburgh, no run, he bowls a good yorker from round the stumps, dug out back to the bowler

X: "Could he get the fastest 100, beating none other then the master of stick cricket himself, Gayle? Need just 44 from 13 balls! Would be interesting to see if Gayle tries to beat it then"


O'Brien to Myburgh, 1 run, gets an inside edge on to his pads, then it runs to short third man.. It wasn't too far from the off stump..

Hitesh: "Hold on Kuda!!!! At this rate, Zimbabwe will also be knocked out."


O'Brien to Borren, no run, good delivery this one! It beats the bat as the batsman makes room and looks to power it through off. The keeper is standing up to the stumps

Sahil: "Seems like Iron Man and Lord Voldemort themselves have come to open for Netherlands!"


O'Brien to Borren, FOUR, slower delivery on the pads, breaks the short spell of dots balls as he flicks it over deep backward square leg for an easy boundary


O'Brien to Borren, FOUR, high full toss and that is just punched down the ground.. Mid-off is up, so the batsman just needs to beat him and he does...


O'Brien to Borren, OUT, what a catch from Dockrell! The manic stand has come to an end. Borren looks to slice it over the infield but ends up getting a thick outside edge. Dockrell runs towards the boundary and pulls off a stunner as the ball was coming from behind him

PW Borren c Dockrell b O'Brien 31 (25m 15b 4x4 2x6) SR: 206.66

End of over 6 (9 runs) Netherlands 91/1 (99 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 15.16, RRR: 7.07)

    • SJ Myburgh 57 (21b 4x4 6x6)
    • KJ O'Brien 1-0-9-1
    • TJ Murtagh 2-0-24-0

91 in Powerplay overs.. That is a new T20 record.. Dockrell comes into bowl


Dockrell to Barresi, 1 run, flatter and quicker, the batsman punches it to wide long on for a single


Dockrell to Myburgh, SIX, unstoppable! Only a touch fuller and Muburgh slaps it with awesome power over deep midwicket. It was flat hit, the fielder looked interested for a bit, but it never came down


Dockrell to Myburgh, OUT, the fun and games end! he looks for the same region off a shorter delivery but doesn't get hold of it and gets caught at the deep midwicket boundary. What an innings this has been!

SJ Myburgh c Joyce b Dockrell 63 (29m 23b 4x4 7x6) SR: 273.91

It has given Netherlands an excellent platform, but it's still a long way from here..They need another Myburgh


Dockrell to Barresi, no run, slower this time from Dockrell, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler


Dockrell to Barresi, 1 run, he walks to the off side and works it away to midwicket for a single

Ramneek: "Titanic hit Iceberg, Ireland hit Myburgh"


Dockrell to van Beek, 1 run, slower still from the bowler, the batsman nudges it behind square on the leg side to bring up the team's 100

JC: "This was always the danger. Once the fields go back there is a lot less margin for error. Full credit to the Dutch for taking advantage of the PP though!"

End of over 7 (9 runs) Netherlands 100/2 (90 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 14.28, RRR: 6.92)

    • LV van Beek 1 (1b)
    • W Barresi 2 (3b)
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-9-1
    • KJ O'Brien 1-0-9-1

44 balls, 90 runs needed


O'Brien to van Beek, no run, length delivery on the stumps, no room there.. the batsman pushes it back to the bowler


O'Brien to van Beek, OUT, Ireland are coming back with their fielding! Another cracker of a catch, this time from Porterfield! Van Beek looked to launch the length ball over to the sight screen, but ends up hitting it high.. The mid-off fielder runs with his back towards the batsman and times his dive to perfection to hold on to this.. Stunning catch

LV van Beek c Porterfield b O'Brien 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Tommy Cooper is the new man..


O'Brien to Barresi, 1 run, pushed calmly down to long on.. this is in stark contrast to what was happening ten minutes ago..


O'Brien to TLW Cooper, 1 run, well done by short third man as he dives to his right to cut off the late cut..

This, by the way, is also the fastest 100 by any team in T20s


O'Brien to Barresi, FOUR, length delivery on the pads, it's slightly short too and Barresi swivels to easily find the gap at deep square leg


O'Brien to Barresi, 1 run, back of length delivery outside off, punched firmly to long off

Mr. G: "One part where Ireland are head and shoulders above the rest of the associates is their catching! Some of the catches dropped by the other associate teams have cost them big time."

End of over 8 (7 runs) Netherlands 107/3 (83 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 13.37, RRR: 6.91)

    • W Barresi 8 (6b 1x4)
    • TLW Cooper 1 (1b)
    • KJ O'Brien 2-0-16-2
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-9-1

Dockrell to Barresi, 1 run, slower from Dockrell, forces the batsman to generate all the speed, punched down to long on for single


Dockrell to TLW Cooper, 1 run, oh no! We have jinxed Ireland's fielding here! Barresi reverse sweeps this straight to Joyce at deep cover, who drops a sitter


Dockrell to Barresi, 1 run, another misfield at midwicket allows a single now..


Dockrell to TLW Cooper, SIX, tossed up, full, Cooper has come ready for these.. He sends this miles high and miles long over deep midwicket


Dockrell to TLW Cooper, no run, looks to hammer this across the line, but Dockrell is smartly keeping it slow.. The batsman gets hit on the chest


Dockrell to TLW Cooper, no run, this is very close! The batsman looked to hit across and gets hit on his chest (he is down on his knee) and it looked like a very good shout, but the umpire reckons that would have gone down leg. Replays show it was hitting leg. Thought so...

End of over 9 (9 runs) Netherlands 116/3 (74 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 12.88, RRR: 6.72)

    • TLW Cooper 8 (5b 1x6)
    • W Barresi 10 (8b 1x4)
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-18-1
    • KJ O'Brien 2-0-16-2

Stirling to Barresi, SIX, so let's start the sixes show again, says Barresi.. Length delivery from round the stumps, it's whacked over deep square leg with utter ease


Stirling to Barresi, no run, defends the flatter delivery back to the bowler


Stirling to Barresi, 1 run, moves to the leg side and hammers the flatter delivery down to long off, all along the ground


Stirling to TLW Cooper, SIX, gimme four gimme five gimme six! Flat batted, swatted, murdered over deep square leg..


Stirling to TLW Cooper, 2 runs, premeditated scoop! He waits and waits, then laps it fine on the leg side for a couple of runs..


Stirling to TLW Cooper, 1 leg bye, goes for the reverse pull but misses.. that wasn't far from the off stump.. But they take a single to short third man

End of over 10 (16 runs) Netherlands 132/3 (58 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 13.20, RRR: 5.80)

    • TLW Cooper 16 (8b 2x6)
    • W Barresi 17 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • PR Stirling 2-0-24-0
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-18-1

58 off 26 balls for Netherlands.. 58 of 26+ ball for Zim..


Dockrell to TLW Cooper, SIX, what a swipe! Absolutely nothing wrong with the ball.. He stands tall and launches it to deep midiwcket boundary


Dockrell to TLW Cooper, SIX, full, straight, to the sight screen.. What am I doing here!


Dockrell to TLW Cooper, SIX, this is the biggest one ever! Hat-trick again.. Full delivery, hammered over deeepmidwicket.. Dockrell is leaking here.

Only 40 from here..


Dockrell to TLW Cooper, SIX, six more! He gets down on his knees and just helps him along over deep square leg.. This ground is looking very small at the moment.. and it's not small.. trust me


Dockrell to TLW Cooper, 1 run, this one is hammered down the pitch.. all along the ground, through the bowler's legs..

Umar: "Who telecasted the highlights ? This is not live match "


Dockrell to Barresi, no run, he gets an inside edge on to his pads.. This is the highlight

End of over 11 (25 runs) Netherlands 157/3 (33 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 14.27, RRR: 3.66)

    • W Barresi 17 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • TLW Cooper 41 (13b 6x6)
    • GH Dockrell 3-0-43-1
    • PR Stirling 2-0-24-0

20 balls.. Only 33 needed .. Zimbabwe are not very comfortable I am sure.. Bye bye Ireland for sure..

krithi: "Bye Bye ZIM. They found another MYBURGH!!!"


Murtagh to TLW Cooper, FOUR, wide length delivery, through the fielder at point.. Another boundary.. who said Ireland don't misfield!

Andrew: "As an Irishman who was on top of the world an hour ago, I now am totally deflated, Still if we are going out, heres hoping Netherlands make it!"


Murtagh to TLW Cooper, OUT, short delivery, Cooper's cameo comes to an end as he pulls this straight to deep backward square leg.. Relief for Zimbabwe.. No relief for Ireland though.. What an innings this has been from Cooper!

TLW Cooper c O'Brien b Murtagh 45 (15m 15b 1x4 6x6) SR: 300.00

Netherlands need another Cooper now.. half a Cooper. Here's Ben, Tom's brother


Murtagh to Barresi, no run, he is beaten by a slower bouncer, the batsman waits and waits, still plays early

Riaz: "And we were thinking India vs Pakistan would be more exciting! not anymore"


Murtagh to Barresi, 1 run, what a good ball! In the block hole and Barresi digs it out straight down the ground

Jerry: "Ireland had just one Kevin O Brien!! Netherlands have two!!"

David: "Can we start televising the associate tournaments? This is class entertainment! Whoever qualifies from this group is going to be embarrassing England, that's for sure."


Murtagh to BN Cooper, no run, he is beaten first ball.. it's been a while since something went past the outside edge like that


Murtagh to BN Cooper, 2 runs, this goes high in the night sky as Ben drives it inside out, but drops well inside the boundary.. Not a six..

England Cricket: "@David: What did we do? :O"

End of over 12 (7 runs) Netherlands 164/4 (26 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 13.66, RRR: 3.25)

    • BN Cooper 2 (2b)
    • W Barresi 18 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • TJ Murtagh 3-0-31-1
    • GH Dockrell 3-0-43-1

26 off 14 needed...KOB is back

Sriram: "Trying very hard to explain Cricket to a Nertherland collegue here in Germany. I have succeeded to make him understand that their team had a good chance to make it to the main round. Its an European Derby afterall :)"


O'Brien to Barresi, 1 run, length ball, swiped to deep midwicket for a single for a change


O'Brien to BN Cooper, no run, length delivery, looks to swat it to the leg side but gets beaten..


O'Brien to BN Cooper, 1 run, comes down the track and punches this to long on for a single


O'Brien to Barresi, FOUR, yes, they won't mind this.. If they are not coming in front, the edges will also do the job.. This one is a faint nick and slides down to the third man boundary


O'Brien to Barresi, 1 run, another swing of the bat, an inside edge takes it to short fine leg

27 sixes till now in this match.. another T20 record


O'Brien to BN Cooper, SIX, make it 28! Ben gets a length delivery that he murders over deep midwicket.. that has well cleared the boundary. into the stands

"I remember someone saying that But this is not what Netherlands were signing up for! That is too many runs. 190 is a tough enough total to chase in 20 overs, and Netherlands have to do it in 14.2 overs" --- Arpit, I am struggling to digest my own words..

End of over 13 (13 runs) Netherlands 177/4 (13 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 13.61, RRR: 1.85)

    • BN Cooper 9 (5b 1x6)
    • W Barresi 24 (17b 2x4 1x6)
    • KJ O'Brien 3-0-29-2
    • TJ Murtagh 3-0-31-1

Murtagh to Barresi, no run, a very good short delivery, he chases the batsman as he creates room and manages to get it shoulder high as well.. No contact on that one


Murtagh to Barresi, SIX, he moves leg side and slams this short of length delivery with a powerful down the line winner.. Straight straight straight.. to the sight screeen

7 Off 6


Murtagh to Barresi, no run, a very good yorker again, he can only dig it out to the bowler


Murtagh to Barresi, FOUR, fulll toss, clobbered through extra cover for a boundary.. They are almost there.. Netherlands have set the scene on fire..

3 off 4


Murtagh to Barresi, SIX, Massive massive! Netherlands have smashed their way to the next round.. In one swipe, the batsman sends two teams back.. Over deep midwicket

I am still spellbound with what I have just seen and will take a while to take a recover. Time to move over to the next game.. a dull contest between some happy neighbours .. this is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Ciao ciao

Peter Borren: "We didn't have much to lose and we were not happy with our bowling. The Irish boys pretty well to score 190. We had plenty of guys who could hit well, and it all came off today. The boys are really happy. Sad for Ireland, who played very well for 2.5 games. I got out there and had a little bit of go, but it was Myburgh who set the scene. I am not really sure if I have seen cleaner hitting. 2009 we beat England and that was a pretty special night. But I told the boys 2009 was five years ago and it was time to create a new memory. I will go back and sing the team song with the rest."

"Scoring 190, we were pretty confident," says William Porterfield. "But it was pretty clean striking. Nothing we could do. We thought if they went for it, it would create chances for us, but everything went over. We didn't bowl the right lengths and made mistakes in the field. But there is nothing you could do."

No surprises as Stephan Myburgh is the Man of the Match. He says, "It looked calm (hitting), but it wasn't very calm. Today, the strategy was to keep my head still and look to hit everything out. We had to play well in the Powerplay over. The skipper played very well. The pitch was really good too."

Madness. Exhilarating. Magical. What can I say.. This has been a wonderful wonderful game! Netherlands have crossed the line in an unbelievable 13.5 overs. Yes. 13.5 overs.. That's 193 runs at 15.40! Myburgh. Tom Cooper.. What where these guys on is beyond me! I haven't seen hitting like this ever.. It's like watching a Gayle from each end. And when one Gayle gets out.. Another Gayle comes in...Forget Gayle. Ireland have been MYBURGHED and COOPERED. What super hitting!

Kamran: "And to think that the Dutch batting was in ALL sorts of mess coming in to this tournament. How big a role has Tom Cooper played in all this!! Remarkable beyond comprehension!"

Max: "Man I have been an Australian cricket tragic for 48 years and I have NEVER seen anything like that Just unbelievable"

Paul: "Unbelievable! Can't they carry on playing to see what score they will get in the full 20? I'm sure records would have been smashed."

Vrij: "Going Dutch gets a whole new meaning !"

Ayush: "This is, quite simply, breathtaking. Should be the T20 equivalent of the 438 game, perhaps?"

Ayon: "Everyone was busy calculating the equation about which team will through. Zim or Ireland! Who have thought about Netherland! wat a match!"

oscar: "Always tough for my dear boys, Sorry Zimbabwe, But hey Netherlands this is worthy for history"

Hiren Faria: "163 runs came from 6 and 4. only 31 runs score by running what a match"

Gaurav Singh: "Where are you Neil ? Quote >> "A very unproductive 4 hours of work coming up. Really hoping the boys in green continue their good form," same here Neil."

Neil: "Gaurav, I am shell shocked, will have 8 hours being unproductive now! Mindblowing stuff by the Dutch though."


WATCHESPN: 12th Match, First Round Group B: Ireland v Netherlands at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014
WATCHESPN: 12th Match, First Round Group B: Ireland v Netherlands at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014





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Hours of play (local time) 15.30 start, First Session 15.30-16.50, Interval 16.50-17.10, Second Session 17.10-18.30

Match Coverage

Weren't thinking about merely winning - Myburgh
Play 02:07

After scoring a half-century of 17 balls, Netherlands batsman Stephan Myburgh reveals his batting plan, the conversation with his captain, and what the celebrations for making the next round may be like (02:07) | March 21, 2014

Play 02:07

After scoring a half-century of 17 balls, Netherlands batsman Stephan Myburgh reveals his batting plan, the conversation with his captain, and what the celebrations for making the next round may be like (02:07) | March 21, 2014