Wesley Barresi top-scored with 48 off 45 balls © Getty Images
Wesley Barresi top-scored with 48 off 45 balls © Getty Images


By Devarchit Varma


Mar 31, 2014


Wesley Barresi’s fine knock of 48 and Stephan Myburgh‘s quick 39 helped Netherlands post a modest total of 133 for five against England in their inconsequential ICC World T20 2014 match, at the Zahur Ahmed Choudhary Stadium in Chittagong on Monday.


The Netherlands made a quick start after being put in to bat first by the England captain Stuart Broad, but lost the momentum provided by the top order and could only manage 27 in their last five overs. Barresi faced 44 balls to score 48, studded with two boundaries and as many sixes. The other top-scorer in the innings was attacking opening batsman Myburgh, who struck 39 off 31 balls early on.


The Netherlands were off to a flying start as they garnered as many as 32 runs in the first three overs of the game. Myburgh led their charge early on. In the first over of the match he smashed three boundaries off England part-time spinner Moeen Ali. All three fours were hit down the ground, which once again showed the Dutch opener is in excellent form.


Michael Swart, the opening partner of Myburgh too joined in soon as he got one boundary each off Tim Bresnan and Chris Jordan to provide the Netherlands a quick start.


Broad, who received flak for not coming onto bowl early in the innings during their clash against South Africa, improvised in this match as he came into the attack in the fourth over. The move proved beneficial for England as on the fifth ball of Broad’s over they made a breakthrough, with Swart mistiming a shot and getting caught by Stephen Parry for 13 off 15, with the help of two boundaries.


The dismissal, however had not much effect on the Netherlands batsmen as Myburgh and Wesley Barresi teamed up to take their side ahead. Barresi got off the mark with a single and hit a boundary off James Tredwell to get into the groove.


The eighth over of the innings by Parry saw Netherlands batsmen hit two sixes. While Barresi was lucky to have cleared the boundary with the ball flicking Michael Lumb’s hand near the midwicket ropes, Myburgh cleared the fourth ball with ease in the same region.


Both Myburgh and Barresi batted with ease to add 50 runs for the second wicket. England needed to make a breakthrough as their slow bowlers too were looking ineffective on a flat deck. Ravi Bopara, in the 12th over provided the big wicket of Myburgh, who was caught at deep square leg for 39 off 31 balls. His innings was studded with six boundaries and one six.


Tom Cooper came in after Myburgh’s fall. But the star batsman failed to make a mark as he was dismissed on the first ball of the 17th over. The right-handed batsman tried to hit over the fielders at covers, but Jordan ran back and took an impressive one-handed catch to take the third wicket in the match.


Barresi, on the other hand continued to attack and punished the loose balls. He hit a fine upper cut later in the over, and in the 19th over by the England captain, he made room to chip the ball over the covers for six. It was one of the most spectacular shots played by the Netherlands batsmen in their innings.


For England, Broad was the most successful bowler with three for 24 off his four overs. Bopara too was impressive as he returned with the figures of 4-0-15-1.


Earlier in the day, England captain Stuart Broad won the toss and elected to field in this match. England made one change in their side, bringing in Stephen Parry in place of the out-of-form Jade Dernbach. The Netherlands, however, decided to go unchanged in this tie.


Brief scores:


Netherlands 133 for 5 in 20 overs (Stephan Myburgh 39, Wesley Barresi 48; Stuart Broad 3 for 24, Chris Jordan 1 for 13Ravi Bopara 1 for 15) vs England.


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(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)