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Myburgh hammered seven boundaries during his knock of 55
Netherlands opening batsman Stephan Myburgh blasted a magnificent half-century to lead his side to a comfortable six-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates in Sylhet.
Myburgh was well supported by all-rounder Tom Cooper, who scored 34 runs and took two wickets.
United Arab Emirates captain Khurram Khan would have been regretting his decision to bat first early on as opening batsman Faizan Asif was caught by Ahsan Jamil at long-on off the bowling of Michael Swart for six runs.
Amjad Ali only made five runs before he was clean bowled by Timm van der Gugten.
Khan and Swapnil Patil stabilised the innings with a 67-run partnership before Patil was clean bowled by Cooper for 22.
Khan ended up making 31 before he also had his stumps shattered by Cooper.
Rohan Mustafa made 20 runs before he was run out by Netherlands captain Peter Borren.
Shaiman Anwar made a quickfire 32 before he was clean bowled by van der Gugten.
Amjad Javed only made two runs before he was caught by Pieter Seelar at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jamil.
Shadeep Silva scored three runs before he was run out by Cooper.
Vikrant Shetty fared no better as he scored 10 runs before he was caught and bowled by Jamil.
The United Arab Emirates were all out for 151 when Kamran Shazad was caught by Logan van Beek at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jamil for a duck.
Jamil was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Cooper and van der Gugten snapped up two wickets apiece and Swart chipped in with one.
Chasing 152 to win, the Netherlands got off to a brilliant start as their opening pair of Myburgh and Swart amassed a 69-run partnership before Swart was caught by Javed at midwicket off the bowling of Shazad for 26.
Myburgh ended up making a superb 55, which came off 36 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes, before he was run out by Patil.
Wesley Barresi scored 24 runs before he was clean bowled by Silva.
Borren failed to have an impact as he was caught by Silva at third man off the bowling of Shazad for just three runs.
Tom and Ben Cooper scored the remaining runs to lead the Netherlands to a comfortable six-wicket win.
Shazad picked up two wickets, while Silva chipped in with one.
Khan was disappointed with his team’s performance, and said: “The way we started and the way we were playing, I thought 175 was on. But three wickets in the 15th and 16th over changed the game and they bowled and fielded well. We dropped so many catches and that probably made the difference in the end.”
Borren was pleased to have started his World Twenty20 campaign with a win, and said: “We did struggle in manageable chases in the warm-ups and we wanted to get over this one. We slowed down a bit towards the end and but I am happy to get over the line. Myburgh set things up brilliantly and Tom Cooper was superb. I would have settled for chasing 165-170 and I think we dragged them back well.”
Cooper edged out Myburgh for the Man of the Match award, and said: “It’s a good all-round effort by the boys. We missed out on a couple of opportunities during the practice games, but we came back well. The pitch was really nice, and the runs came quite nicely. (On his bowling) I was just trying to guess what they were looking to do. It’s a bit hit and miss as well. Another day I could have gone for more.”