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By Bharath Ramaraj
Mar 29, 2014
In the crucial Group 1 encounter of ICC World T20 2014 played between Netherlands and New Zealand at Chittagong, an excellent partnership between captain Peter Borren and Tom Cooper took Netherlands to 151 for the loss of four wickets. Both of them played innovative shots that left Kiwi bowlers clueless. New Zealand made the error by bowling length stuff. Both batsmen just used their power to thwack sixes.
Tom Cooper in particular, took heavy toll of some poor bowling. The straight six he smashed off Kyle Mills’s bowling was perhaps the shot of the innings. New Zealand arguably made a mistake by using Mills at the back end of the innings. His partner and captain of the team, Borren finally got out for a well-measured innings of 49 off Mills’s bowling in the 19th over of the game. It has to go down as one of his finest innings he has played in his career. Once Borren was out, Ben Cooper, Tom’s brother played a smart innings by rotating the strike. It has to be said that New Zealand didn’t help their cause with some misfields and a drop catch or two.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum though, would believe that the par score on the track is around 170 and they have done a reasonable job in restricting Netherlands to 151.
Earlier, Netherlands made a smart recovery after losing their way in the middle overs of the match. However, New Zealand at the right time took the vital wicket of Michael Swat to tighten their grip on Netherlands. He was stumped by Luke Ronchi off Nathan McCullum’s bowling. Borren tried to up the ante by dancing down the wicket to smash McCullum for a six.
Netherlands’ opener, Stephan Myburgh played some fine shots too against Trent Boult, before he got out to the same bowler. He had played a fine square-cut followed by a hoick over mid-wicket for a six.
Once he was out, Wesley Barresi too lost his wicket to Mitchell McClenaghan’s bowling. Netherlands’ tendency to either slog or just defend isn’t helping them. They need to rotate the strike. On the other hand, New Zealand pacers after pitching it short corrected their length and reaped the rewards for it.
It was New Zealand who won the toss and elected to bowl.
Netherlands 151 for 4 in 20 overs (Peter Borren 49, Tom Cooper 40*; Kyle Mills 1 for 20, Nathan McCullum 1 for 20) vs New Zealand.
(Bharath Ramaraj, an MBA in marketing, eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. He has played at school and college-level, and now channelises his passion for the game by writing about it)
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