12th Match, First Round Group B (D/N), Sylhet, Mar 21 2014, World T20
(13.5/20 ov, target 190)193/4
Netherlands won by 6 wickets (with 37 balls remaining)
player of the match
Stephan Myburgh
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• The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Netherlands stun rivals to qualify

Netherlands pulled off one of the best chases in Twenty20 cricket, chasing 190 in 13.5 overs to break the hearts of their opponents Ireland and Group B rivals Zimbabwe and progress to the Super 10 of the World T20

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Scorecard summary
Ireland189/4(20 overs)
Netherlands193/4(13.5 overs)

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."


Murtagh to Barresi, SIX runs

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

3 off 4

Murtagh to Barresi, FOUR runs

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

Murtagh to Barresi, no run

a very good yorker again, he can only dig it out to the bowler

7 Off 6

Murtagh to Barresi, SIX runs

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

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

end of over 1313 runs
NL: 177/4CRR: 13.61 RRR: 1.85
Ben Cooper9 (5)
Wesley Barresi24 (17)
Kevin O'Brien 3-0-29-2
Tim Murtagh 3-0-31-1

"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..

K O'Brien to Cooper, SIX runs

make it 28! Ben gets a length delivery that he murders over deep midwicket.. that has well cleared the boundary. into the stands

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

K O'Brien to Barresi, 1 run

another swing of the bat, an inside edge takes it to short fine leg

K O'Brien to Barresi, FOUR runs

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

K O'Brien to Cooper, 1 run

comes down the track and punches this to long on for a single

K O'Brien to Cooper, no run

length delivery, looks to swat it to the leg side but gets beaten..

K O'Brien to Barresi, 1 run

length ball, swiped to deep midwicket for a single for a change

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 :)"

end of over 127 runs • 1 wicket
NL: 164/4CRR: 13.66 RRR: 3.25
Ben Cooper2 (2)
Wesley Barresi18 (14)
Tim Murtagh 3-0-31-1
George Dockrell 3-0-43-1

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

Murtagh to 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..

Murtagh to Cooper, no run

he is beaten first ball.. it's been a while since something went past the outside edge like that

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 Barresi, 1 run

what a good ball! In the block hole and Barresi digs it out straight down the ground

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

Murtagh to Barresi, no run

he is beaten by a slower bouncer, the batsman waits and waits, still plays early

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

Murtagh to 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!

Tom Cooper c O'Brien b Murtagh 45 (15m 15b 1x4 6x6) SR: 300

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 Cooper, FOUR runs

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

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!!!"

end of over 1125 runs
NL: 157/3CRR: 14.27 RRR: 3.66
Wesley Barresi17 (12)
Tom Cooper41 (13)
George Dockrell 3-0-43-1
Paul Stirling 2-0-24-0
Dockrell to Barresi, no run

he gets an inside edge on to his pads.. This is the highlight

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

Dockrell to Cooper, 1 run

this one is hammered down the pitch.. all along the ground, through the bowler's legs..

Dockrell to Cooper, SIX runs

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

Only 40 from here..

Best performances - batters
Stephan Myburgh
SJ Myburgh NL
63 runs (23)
4 fours
7 sixes
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
26 runs
0 four
4 sixes
Andrew Britton portrait
AD Poynter IRE
57 runs (38)
4 fours
4 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
38 runs
3 fours
3 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Ahsan Malik
Ahsan Malik NL
Kevin O'Brien portrait
KJ O'Brien IRE
Match details
Sylhet Stadium
TossNetherlands, elected to field first
SeriesWorld T20
Player Of The Match
Stephan Myburgh
Stephan Myburgh
Match numberT20I no. 377
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 days21 March 2014 - daynight (20-over match)
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Ian Gould
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Steve Davis
TV Umpire
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Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
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Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee
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David Boon
PointsNetherlands 2, Ireland 0