Dutch Ease Past UAE

Tom Cooper plays a shot
Tom Cooper was named man of the match for his efforts with both bat and ball against the UAE.
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Netherlands 152-4 (Myburgh 55) beat
United Arab Emirates 151 by 6 wickets
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group B, Sylhet

After the drama of the day’s first game in Sylhet, it was the Netherlands who won a rather more straightforward second game to top Group B at this early stage in the ICC World Twenty20 2014.

The Dutch eased to their target of 152 in the penultimate over of their chase for the loss of just four wickets. Tom Cooper, whose last-minute replacement for Tim Gruijters in the Dutch squad had made headlines earlier in the day, ended unbeaten on 34 off 26 balls to follow on from a rapid half-century from opener Stephan Myburgh.

The United Arab Emirates had won the toss at the start of the evening and would have been pretty pleased with their total of 151, which was built around contributions from the middle-order quartet of Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil, Shaiman Anwar and Rohan Mustafa.

Sometime Australian state players Timm van der Gugten and Michael Swart each struck in their opening overs to peg the UAE back initially. However, their ever-consistent skipper Khan, along with Patil, ensured that there would be no more early dramas. The pair added 67 for the third-wicket in less than nine overs.

They did both depart in quick succession, bowled by Cooper’s off-spin for 31 off 25 balls and 23 off 28 balls respectively, but Mustafa and Anwar then put on a further 47 for the sixth-wicket to take the score well into three figures.

Again, they both fell in quick succession and this time it did rather stall the momentum of the innings in its final four overs as they yielded only 20 runs for the loss of four wickets. Mustafa was run-out via a direct hit from Dutch skipper Peter Borren for 20 off 14 balls, with Anwar then being bowled by van der Gugten (2-24) two balls later for 32 off just 19 deliveries.

The lower-order didn’t really contribute, as Ahsan Malik (3-16) picked up three wickets in his final two overs. Amjad Javed was caught by Pieter Seelaar to make it 133 for seven, with Vikrant Shetty (10) and Kamran Shahzad (0) both dismissed in the final over of the innings.

The Netherlands opening pair of Myburgh and Swart then got their side well ahead of the required run rate and they never really looked back. The duo out on 69 before Swart was removed by Shahzad in the seventh over for a sprightly 26 off 16 balls. Myburgh reached his second Twenty20 International half-century off 32 balls before being run-out from the final ball of the 10th over with the score on 93.

Wesley Barresi and Cooper took the Dutch ever closer to the winning line by adding 36 in less than five overs for the third-wicket. Barresi was bowled by left-arm spinner Shadeep Silva (1-38) when on 24, with Borren handing Shahzad (2-19) a second wicket having scored just three. However, Ben Cooper joined his older brother Tom and the two took the Netherlands across the winning line in the 19th over.

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