ICC World Twenty20 2014
Sri Lanka brings the Netherlands back to earth
Chittagong – The Netherlands crashed and burned to 39 all out on Monday (March 24) against a Sri Lankan team that looks destined to make the final four. This was the lowest total in T20I history. The Netherlands score was also the second lowest in all competitive T20 cricket.
When Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and put the Netherlands in to bat, even he would not have believed that the innings would be over in such a tearing hurry. The only respite for the Netherlands, in an innings that lasted only an hour, was an 11-minute stoppage when a voltage fluctuation caused individual bulbs in each of the four towers to fail.
But, before the lighting could come to its temporary rescue, the Netherlands had lost Stephan Myburgh (0), Michael Swart (0) and Wesley Barresi (1) off consecutive Angelo Mathews deliveries. At this point, the lights went out, and when play resumed, Mathews failed to get the hat-trick, but this did not mean relief for the Netherlands.
Peter Borren became the third batsman to be dismissed for a duck, having survived seven balls without scoring, trapped in front by Mathews. Tom Cooper squeezed in a couple of boundaries to get to 16, the only double-digit score of the innings, as Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis waded into the Dutch. Tom Cooper failed to read the direction of spin from Mendis, and was trapped in front, a borderline call as the ball may have been slipping down leg, but that was the only contentious call of the innings.
Timm van der Gugten gave Sri Lanka a moment of panic when he struck Kusal Perera flush on the thumb first ball, and the batsman was in genuine pain before being attended to by the physio. But Kusal did not give it away, responding with a pleasing punch through midwicket for four. And, with a comfortable little score there for the taking, Kusal (14) chipped a catch to mid-on, giving the Netherlands something to celebrate.
Tillakaratne Dilshan (12*) calmed his nerves with a back-foot punch through cover and in the company of Mahela Jayawardena (11*) took Sri Lanka home with 15 overs to spare. This ensured that Sri Lanka also secured the biggest victory in T20Is in terms of balls to spare.
Captain Peter Borren: “We’re obviously very disappointed and we’ve let a few people down here, mainly ourselves, but some others such as the fans and the other Associates. We are going to have to improve pretty quickly. You have to take stock and I think we put on some pretty shocking batting. Our top order need to be ones dealing with the new ball and we have to take more responsibility. Some of our players have played at this level before and tonight is not something we saw coming. Hopefully we can set things right for the next three matches and we can reflect and come out stronger.”
March 27: Netherlands vs South Africa – Chittagong
March 29: New Zealand vs Netherlands – Chittagong
March 31: England vs Netherlands – Chittagong
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Tweet of Peter Borren after the match
Logan van Beek losses his wicket
During the power failure Peter Borren talks with Tom Cooper
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