Netherlands repeated their upset over England like they did in 2009 World T20 opener. This time it was their turn of defending the total as they bundled out England for just 86 runs and won the match comfortably by 45 runs in a dead rubber encounter which don’t effect either of the team chances towards semi finals.
Chasing a less par total of 135, England started aggressively scoring 13 inside 1.3 overs. But the Dutch drew out the first blood by dismissing Lumb at score on 18. Soon England lost another wicket adding a run to their total as Alex Hales was also removed by Bukhari. Their troubles increased as they lost Morgan and Ali in span of 2 overs been reduced to 32/4 in 9th over. The losing of wickets continued as they lost half their side at half stage as Butler holed out to deep midwicket off Van Beek. With 42/5 in 10 overs, England still needed 92 runs.
With nothing going on their way England found bad luck with them as Bresnan was run-out due to misunderstanding. The biggest partnership of their innings came when Bopara and Jordan put on 22 for 7th wicket. But the both players fell in the same over as the pressure of required run rate got increased. By that time they were 8 down and nearly needing at least 14 runs per over. The formality was done when Bukhari removed Broad in 18th over and Parry getting run-out in the same over.
Earlier England put Netherlands into bat after winning the toss. But Myburgh started smshing 3 fours in the first over itself. They got off to a flyer scoring 47/1 in the mandatory powerplay. Barresi joined Muburgh after Swart was dismissed and both took over the English bowlers with 75/1 at halfway stage they looked to score big.
But Bopara removed Myburgh in 12th over which reduced the run rate. After his exit Dutch could only manage 26 in next 5 overs. England increased their grip removing dangerous Tom Copper courtesy of a brilliant catch by Jordan. Even in the remaining deliveries they could only manage 23 off which 13 came in 19th over itself. Barresi top scored with 48 was dismissed in the final over.
Player of the Match: M Bukhari (Netherlands) – (3.4-0-12-3)
Scorecard: Netherlands: 135/5 in 20 overs (W Barresi 48, SJ Myburgh 39; SCJ Broad 3/24, CJ Jordan 1/13) defeated England: 86/10 in 17.4 overs (RS Bopara 18, CJ Jordan 14; M Bukhari 3/12, LV van Beek 3/9) by 45 runs.