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Who would have predicted that: Stephan Myburgh's 17-ball half-century that pummelled Netherlands to World Twenty20 Super 10s

William Porterfield (Ireland)
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In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

 

Netherlands hit a shocking 19 sixes as they smashed 193 off just 13.5 overs to pip Ireland and Zimbabwe on net run rate to the Super 10 stage in the 2014 World Twenty20. Stephan Myburgh was the star for them and finished with 63 off 23 balls at a strike rate of 273!

 

Match Summary

 

Ireland 189/4 (20 Overs) - Andrew Poynter 57 (38), William Porterfield 47 (32); Ahsan Malik 2/26 (4), Timm van der Gugten 1/32 (3)

 

Netherlands 193/4 (13.5 Overs) - Stephan Myburgh 63 (23), Tom Cooper 45 (15); Kevin O'Brien 2/29 (3), George Dockrell 1/43 (3)

 

Result - Netherlands won by 6 wickets (with 37 balls remaining)

 

When Ireland made 189-4 in the 12th Match of First Round Group B match at the 2014 World T20, they would have been fairly confident to qualify for the Super 10s. Andrew Poynter scored a rapid 57, skipper William Porterfield made 47, and Kevin O'Brien was not out on 42 to take Ireland to a strong total.

 

Ahsan Malik was the most impressive bowler for the Dutch with 2/26 from his 4 overs and kept a check on the Irish batsmen while others leaked runs.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Paul Stirling, 3.2 ov), 2-69 (William Porterfield, 9.1 ov), 3-88 (Ed Joyce, 12.3 ov), 4-189 (Andrew Poynter, 19.6 ov)

 

Netherlands’s hopes of qualifying for the World T20 2014 Super 10s looked bleak as they had to chase down the total within 14.1 overs if they were to qualify. But they took the challenge head on.

 

Every batsman came out flailing his willow and opener Peter Borren found success with 31off 15, but it was his partner who did the real damage. Stephan Myburgh smashed his way to a 17 ball 50, the second fastest in T20Is at that time. Tom Cooper also smacked a 15-ball 45 as Netherlands chased down 190 in just 13.5 overs.

 

Wesley Barresi, 40 not out off 22 balls, hit the winning runs with a six over deep mid-wicket to close the match but it was Myburgh's whirlwind that will be long remembered.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-91 (Peter Borren, 5.6 ov), 2-98 (Stephan Myburgh, 6.3 ov), 3-100 (Logan van Beek, 7.2 ov), 4-161 (Tom Cooper, 11.2 ov)

 

Teams

 

Ireland -  William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Andrew Poynter, Gary Wilson (wk), Kevin O Brien, Stuart Thompson, Alex Cusack, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, George Dockrell

 

Netherlands - Stephan Myburgh, Michael Swart, Wesley Barresi (wk), Tom Cooper, Peter Borren (c), Ben Cooper , Mudassar Bukhari, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Pieter Seelaar, Ahsan Malik

 

Match Details

 

Match: Ireland v Netherlands, T20 WC 2014

Date: Friday, Mar 21, 2014

Toss: Netherlands won the toss and decided to bowl

Venue: Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet

Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Steve Davis (AUS)

Third Umpire: Billy Bowden (NZ)

Match Referee: David Boon (AUS)

 

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