result
1st Match, Group B (D/N), Lord's, Jun 5 2009, ICC World Twenty20
162/5
(20 ov)163/6
Netherlands won by 4 wickets
player of the match
Tom de Grooth
Netherlands
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• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

de Grooth leads Netherlands to famous win

Cricket's rich history of thrilling upsets was given another chapter as Netherlands sensationally beat England by four wickets in the opening match of the World Twenty20 at Lord's

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Scorecard summary
England162/5(20 overs)
Netherlands163/6(20 overs)
end of over 207 runs
NL: 163/6CRR: 8.15 
Edgar Schiferli5 (7)
Ryan ten Doeschate22 (17)
Stuart Broad4-0-32-1
Ryan Sidebottom4-0-23-0

Tom de Grooth was named Man-of-the-Match, and that just about wraps up our coverage. If you've missed anything, check the full scorecard and the bulletin. I'm Will Luke and I desperately need a lie down. Join us tomorrow for more live coverage of the World Twenty20. Until then, let's bask in wonder at the great game of cricket - goodnight.

Jeroen Smits: "No. It's unbelievable. This is something special. I think I can sleep well tonight. After the first ten overs we fought back quite well. We thought we were in control [of the chase] from the start, so we felt we were in control. We did well. I'm sure [we'll party tonight]."

Paul Collingwood: "Give Holland a lot of credit. They knocked off a total that we thought was enough. They played exceptionally well; we expected to win but they put a major performance in. I still think we could have defended a total like that, but unfortunately they were better on the day."

What an incredible win and match. England are devastated. "A roar of delight in the usually passive press box!" Martin notes. Netherlands' bowling was the first indication that they were up for this match, restricting England to just 73 in their last ten overs. It was simply not enough for England, and Netherlands' batsmen went hell for leather with the bat. To a man the Dutch head off to the Mound Stand to acknowledge their fans - what a moment this is for Netherlands, indeed for Associate cricket as a whole. Minnows they may be, but for now they can bask in their status as giant killers. As my colleague Travis Basevi says, "England are facing elimination from the tournament within 2 days of it beginning. Makes the 99 World Cup look like an unmitigated success." Ryan ten Doeschate played with great calmness and tenacity, but Tom de Grooth really impressed, playing with such audacity that England were left looking a little clueless. And England simply crumbled under pressure; their fielding, in particular, was not up to scratch and they missed at least four run-out chances. Netherlands deserve this win - maybe the tournament does, too. What a start we've had!

19.6
2
Broad to Schiferli, 2 runs

goes for a club, Broad again fields - they run, and Broad has all three stumps as he collects it in his follow through. But he misses, and they run an overthrow. They're through and Netherlands have scored a brilliantly, outstanding upset here for the first match at Lord's!

Broad around the wicket. Remember: 2 needed from 1

Just two runs needed ... off one ball! Hundreds of emails flying in - no time to read them I'm afraid, but thanks anyway. Foster's going to stand up to the stumps and Anderson's giving Broad advice. Foster's actually going back now.

19.5
1
Broad to Ryan ten Doeschate, 1 run

another smash, but he picks out mid-on! Only a single. Good grief, this is so tense

Schiferli injured himself during that run-out attempt with Broad. Damaged shoulder, by the looks of it. This is as mad as a box of frogs

19.4
1b
Broad to Schiferli, 1 bye

he plays and misses, the ball flies through to keeper who is standing back - and they run a bye!

This is unbelievably, sickeningly tense. 4 from 3

19.3
1
Broad to Ryan ten Doeschate, 1 run

Broad's dropped a wellied smash to a full toss! High above his head and it took a while to reach him

Boos around the ground, but I'm afraid that's the right decision. Anyway - move on. Here we go, chaps. 5 runs from 4 balls

19.2
1
Broad to Schiferli, 1 run

tries to smack it out to cover but can't time it. Broad fields and does a Jonty Rhodes, diving onto the stumps. But as his right hand (holding the ball) hits the turf, he releases the ball - it's his hand which smashes the bails! Not out

They're going to run whatever happens

6 from 5

19.1
1
Broad to Ryan ten Doeschate, 1 run

cracked out to the off side, Broad fields and should run him out - but misses! That's the fourth run-out opportunity they've missed tonight alone

England cannot just protect runs - they must aim for wickets.

Well, what an opening match we've had, ladies and gents. It's all coming down to the last over. Seven to win for Netherlands! Who'd have predicted this? Not I, sir. Collingwood's chatting to Broad and Anderson, and it'll be Broad going around the wicket

end of over 1910 runs
NL: 156/6CRR: 8.21 RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 from 6b
Edgar Schiferli2 (4)
Ryan ten Doeschate19 (14)
Ryan Sidebottom4-0-23-0
James Anderson4-0-23-3
18.6
2
Sidebottom to Schiferli, 2 runs

a waist-high full toss, slapped with tennis-style boshing past cover

Right. Last ball of the over. Netherlands need at least two, ideally four. England need a wicket

18.5
2lb
Sidebottom to Schiferli, 2 leg byes

rapped on the pads, the ball somehow finds its way to third man. Two more for Netherlands. Everything's going their way

Two more balls to go. 11 from 8. You can see it in their eyes: Netherlands are totally and utterly up for this. They believe they can...and I believe they probably will, too. England need something special

18.4
1
Sidebottom to Ryan ten Doeschate, 1 run

drives inside out, over mid-off to long-off - just a single

12 from 9 balls

18.3
4
Sidebottom to Ryan ten Doeschate, FOUR runs

full toss, slices this powerfully over extra cover - Morgan flies like Superman but drops it while airborne, parrying it over the rope! Four more to Netherlands!

16 from 10. My money's on Netherlands. Black, black sky above us

18.2
1lb
Sidebottom to Schiferli, 1 leg bye

off his legs - short midwicket has all three stumps to aim at. And misses! They so rarely hit the stums, England - it's remarkable

18.1
Sidebottom to Schiferli, no run

driven hard to mid-off - short mid-off, in fact. Good thinking by England

Right. 17 from 12. Good grief this is sheer madness.

end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
NL: 146/6CRR: 8.11 RRR: 8.50 • Need 17 from 12b
Ryan ten Doeschate14 (12)
James Anderson4-0-23-3
Adil Rashid4-0-36-1

Martin: "An audible and collective roar of relief from the crowd as well."

17.6
W
Anderson to van Bunge, OUT

got him! Wright's taken a superb catch at deep extra cover, and only just! Stepped outside leg, tried to clear the boundary but Wright was there - and the ball squeezed into the nook of his lower and upper arm! Serious piece of fortune for England

Daan van Bunge c Wright b Anderson 8 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100

At this stage of the innings, wickets have almost no effect on Duckworth Lewis scores. But rest assured, they are not coming off now. It could be a monsoon and they'll stay out there.

17.5
Anderson to van Bunge, no run

ah, well bowled - a slower ball yorker outside the off stump

Collingwood's desperately trying to dry the ball. Soaking, sodden wet!

"Aside from a few die-hards, the pavilion is empty. Which is, frankly, disgraceful," Martin spits. He's not wrong, you know. This is a corking opening match

17.4
1
Anderson to Ryan ten Doeschate, 1 run

a fast delivery down the leg side, which he flicks to leg

17.3
1
Anderson to van Bunge, 1 run

down the pitch and he whacks it to leg

Netherlands have got a wicket to play with. Even if they lose one more wicket, they'll still be ahead on duckworth-lewis. Yes - I don't understand either. Just nod and agree with me.

17.2
1
Anderson to Ryan ten Doeschate, 1 run

worked to leg

17.1
1
Anderson to van Bunge, 1 run

bang! More outstanding timing - standing outside off and hammering it, but straight to deep extra cover

Martin understands all things Duckworth Lewis better than I. He says: "Right, Netherlands ahead. They need to be 144 at the end of this over assuming they don't lose a wicket."

end of over 179 runs
NL: 142/5CRR: 8.35 RRR: 7.00 • Need 21 from 18b
Ryan ten Doeschate12 (10)
Daan van Bunge6 (4)
Adil Rashid4-0-36-1
James Anderson3-0-19-2

1 for 36 for Rashid. A tough debut for him

16.6
Rashid to Ryan ten Doeschate, no run

comes down the pitch but Rashid spots him, fires it into his legs

21 from 19

16.5
1
Rashid to van Bunge, 1 run

skips down the pitch and whacks it to mid-on

Best performances - batters
Luke Wright portrait
LJ Wright ENG
71 runs (49)
8 fours
0 six
Control73%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
33 runs
5 fours
0 six
14731521812
Tom de Grooth, Portrait Picture
TN de Grooth NL
49 runs (30)
6 fours
1 six
Control77%
Productive shot
off side drive on back foot
8 runs
1 four
0 six
610971619
Best performances - bowlers
James Anderson, player portrait
JM Anderson ENG
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
ECO
5.75
Ryan ten Doeschate, Portrait Picture
RN ten Doeschate NL
O
4
M
0
R
35
W
2
ECO
8.75
Match details
Lord's, London
TossNetherlands, elected to field first
SeriesICC World Twenty20
Season2009
Player Of The Match
Tom de Grooth
Tom de Grooth
Match numberT20I no. 90
Hours of play (local time)17.30 start, First Session 17.30-18.50, Interval 18.50-19.10, Second Session 19.10-20.30
Match days5 June 2009 - daynight(20-over match)
T20I debut
Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid
Alexei Kervezee
Alexei Kervezee
Bas Zuiderent
Bas Zuiderent
Dirk Nannes
Dirk Nannes
Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan
James Foster
James Foster
Rob Key
Rob Key
T20 debut
Alexei Kervezee
Alexei Kervezee
Umpires
Sri Lanka Image
Asoka de Silva
Australia Image
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Tony Hill
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Marais Erasmus
Match Referee
Australia Image
Alan Hurst
PointsNetherlands 2, England 0