World Twenty20 29th Match: England self-destruct against Netherlands

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Netherlands have won both of their World Twenty20 clashes against England

It seems as if history does repeat itself for the Netherlands after they beat England by 45 runs in Chittagong.

While the Netherlands registered a very convincing win this time round, it still evoked memories of their nail-biting last-ball victory at Lord’s during the 2009 World Twenty20.

Netherlands wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi was the standout performer with the bat as he scored 48 runs, while Logan van Beek and Mudassar Bukhari excelled with the ball as they picked up three wickets each.

England captain Stuart Broad made the right choice to bowl first as he himself dismissed Netherlands opener Michael Swart for 13.

Stephan Myburgh and Barresi made up for the early loss of Swart with a 50-run partnership before Myburgh was caught by Alex Hales at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Ravi Bopara.

Myburgh’s solid knock of 39 came off 31 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Tom Cooper only made eight runs before he was brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan off the bowling of Broad.

Netherlands skipper Peter Borren failed to have an impact as he was caught by Stephen Parry at mid-off off the bowling of Broad.

Barresi went on to make 48 off 45 deliveries, which included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was clean bowled by Jordan.

Thanks to Myburgh and Barresi, Netherlands managed to reach 133 at the end of the 20 overs.

Broad was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Jordan and Bopara chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 134 to win, England got off to an awful start as opening batsman Michael Lumb was caught by Cooper at cover off the bowling of Bukhari for six runs.

Hales only made 12 runs before he was clean bowled by Bukhari.

Timm van der Gugten added to England’s troubles when Eoin Morgan was caught by Borren at slip for six runs.

Moeen Ali fared no better as he was caught by Cooper at cover off the bowling of Borren.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler did not last long either as he was caught by Pieter Seelar at deep midwicket off the bowling of van Beek for six runs.

Tim Bresnan was left looking very silly when he was run out by a long way in the 16th over.

Bopara did his best to hold the innings together, but was eventually dismissed for 18 when he was caught by Seelar at deep midwicket off the bowling of van Beek.

Van Beek struck again just four balls later when Jodan was caught by Swart at long-off for 14.

Broad failed to save his team as he was caught behind off the bowling of Bukhari for just four runs.

England were put out of their misery in the 18th over when Parry was run out by Swart for one run.

England ended up being bowled out for an embarrassing 88, leaving them 45 runs short of their target.

Bukhari and van Beek picked up three wickets each, while van der Gugten and Borren snapped up one wicket apiece.

Broad was extremely embarrassed as he approached the podium and said: “It sums up our winter. It was similar to the sort of batting we put in after losing the Ashes. A very disorganised chase. The bowling and fielding was okay but we lacked application with the bat, no one took responsibility. No excuses. We should have won it was a relatively straightforward chase. There were some extremely soft dismissals. It’s not this loss that’s knocked us out but the players have let the fans down. It seemed a complacent batting performance. Hugely disappointing.

“In the past year we’ve had trouble chasing down scores and it’s a problem we need to eradicate it from our game. A new era is coming and that’s exciting. It’s been an awful winter. I’m not sure whether I’ll keep captaining the T20 side. There will be decisions made right at the top over the next few months.”

Borren was ecstatic to have repeated history, and said: “We came into the second half thinking we didn’t have enough. I asked for one final effort and we did that. I was really proud of our bowlers. To see us play some smart cricket I’m really proud. We’ve played a bit of 40-over cricket against these guys before and that gave us some confidence.

“Coming back from the Sri Lanka and South Africa games which knocked us back is a real achievement. Tonight we were pretty much spot on in the field and with the ball. It’s a nice way to end the tournament. We’ve shown the cricketing world we can play. We’re here representing all the associates and with three performances shown the strength of associate cricket.”

Bukhari was named Man of the Match.

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