ICC World Twenty20 2014
Heartbreak for The Netherlands
Chittagong – Another upset seemed in the air with the Netherlands playing a totally different type of cricket against South Africa than in their previous match against Sri Lanka. South Africa was 145/9 and the Netherlands almost created another surprise but in the end just could not get it over the line (139 all out).
Peter Borren won the toss and opted to chase in Chittagong, in the hope Netherlands could give a better account of themselves than they did in their first Super 10 match against Sri Lanka. Despite being bowled out for the lowest total in T20 internationals – 39 – Netherlands made no changes to their XI.
“We’re going to back the same guys,” Skipper Peter Borren said before the match. “I really think we can show some skills today.” Borren expected dew later on, which is why he wanted first use of the ball, but because the match is being played in the afternoon that is not expected to be a factor.
Netherlands were on course to cull another giant after they restricted South Africa to under-150 (145/9) and got the asking rate down to less than five runs an over in the chase, but then imploded at the end. Netherlands did almost everything right: they took an early wicket, put the squeeze on South Africa with a selection of slower balls and got their own chase off to a flying start. South Africa had not lost to an Associate in their history and Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir held their nerve to ensure that did not change.
Myburgh played well and scored a fine 51 off 28 balls. The Dutch crumbled however from 80 for 1 to 139 all out – losing 9 for 59 – and handed South Africa the two points they needed to stay in contention for the semi-finals. With two defeats, Netherlands only have a slim chance of advancing but are taking their own victories from this tournament. In this match, the biggest one was Ahsan Malik’s performance. The Rotterdam-born seamer recorded the best figures by an Associate bowler against a Full Member – 5 for 19.
Faf du Plessis: “We’re making it tight for ourselves. It’s a great sign when your side isn’t playing 100% but still get over the line. It was a great fightback. To win it after the start was great. I thought we made a good start with the bat, but we lost our way in the middle. Credit to Malik for picking up 5 wickets. Tahir and Steyn were outstanding, and the other bowlers put up their hands at the end. Netherlands played fantastically. Credit to them, they stepped up to the plate.”
Peter Borren: “We obviously let this one go. We played across the line to Tahir. It’s a real shame. They got off to a flying start and we did well to pull them back. Malik is a fantastic bowler and credit to him. I have to take the responsibility too with my dismissal tonight. I’m miffed with the fact that we didn’t get over the line. After our last game I’m glad we stepped up better tonight.”
It took a lot for Borren to come out and speak barely minutes after the game ended. He wasn’t joking when he said he was “miffed.” In the final analysis you would say that Netherlands lost this game, rather than SA winning it. Next game for the Netherlands is against New Zealand on Saturday March 29.
March 29: New Zealand vs Netherlands Chittagong
March 31: England vs Netherlands Chittagong
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Ahsan Malik took 5/19
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