Emerging Minnows – Dutch, Wakeup call for the cricketing majors

22 Feb 2011 by Cricket Pundit in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Group B, Nagpur:  England Defeated the Netherlands by six wickets
Score: England 296-4 (48.4 overs), Netherlands 292-6 (50 overs)

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss

It was orange city of Nagpur, India which almost proved to be the one for the men in orange, atleast till the 45th over of the second innings in a battle of a touted minnow Netherlands, who played like champions and England, who looked like a minnow.  However, eventually it was the Englishmen who held their nerves till the end and crossed the line with 6 wickets in hand.

Ryan ten Doeschate, a name which was only popular in the county cricket in England advertised itself at the biggest stage of the world cup 2011. The Dutch started off their campaign with Alexei Kervezee and Wesley Barresi. Netherlands got a decent start before English got their first reward with score at 36 in the 7th over in Kervezee. The other opener fell soon after 20 odd runs were added to the tally.

Then came the man of the day, ten Doeschate in the 12th over, who stormed England all over the park with some spanking hits over the cow corner scoring a ton and ending his innings at 119 of just 110 balls. ten Doeschate and Cooper held the innings and gave it some substance before Copper was caught by Jamie Anderson, who had a horrid day with the ball, of the bowling of Paul Collingwood. de Grooth and captain Peter Borren chipped in with cameos of 28 and 35 respectively, in quick time. Dutch finished their innings at a mammoth 292 for the loss 6 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

English fielding and bowling was all over the place with some school grade errors. England also missed simple catches and was sloppy in the field. The highlight of the England attack was Swan, who unlike the other bowlers, was immaculate in his line and length and kept things tight and finished with 2 wickets in his 10 over spell. Stuart Broad also pitched in with a couple of wickets but was a touch expensive.

England in their reply was steady from the start with the captain leading from the front. Andrew Strauss played some delicate glances and deft touches sending the white leather to all parts of the park. On the other end was the best batsman of the England line up, Kevin Petersen, playing second fiddle to Strauss, compiling a slow 39 of 61 deliveries faced, and falling with score at 105 in the 17th over. Strauss on the other hand was milking the Dutch attack to all sides before he was caught in the deep by Cooper of the bowling of Bukhari. Trott was brilliantly stumped by Baressi of the bowling of ten Doeschate, who later claimed Ian bell, who made 33, on the last ball of his spell. Paul Collingwood then sailed England through with all his experience while Bopara nicely supported him with his 30 of 20 balls. Although England sealed the deal today, they would want to regroup as a unit and work on their fielding and mediocre bowling. ten Doeschate was judged man of the match for his exemplary performance with bat and ball.

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