Netherlands caused a massive upset in the World T20 opener, beating England by four wickets at Lord’s.
Chasing 163, Netherlands got themselves into a position where they needed just seven off the last over. They then capitalised on four fundamental errors from bowler Stuart Broad, to take the spoils in the most dramatic manner.
Broad missed two relatively easy run outs, then dropped a catch. The underdogs took a single every time, as well as one off the penultimate delivery, leaving two runs to win from the last ball. Daan van Bunge bunted the ball back to Broad, who dived to his right, then shied at the stumps. He missed, and the batters were able to come back for the second, sparking wild celebrations from the Netherlands camp.
The damage was done earlier in the innings by Tom de Grooth, who smashed 49 off 30 balls to ignite hope of a victory that you would have got 500-1 odds on prior to the start of play. Peter Borren and Ryan ten Doeschate kept the momentum going until the former fell for 30, finding the deep extra cover, with victory in sight.
But the South African-born Ten Doeschate kept his nerve and ensured that his side stayed in the match until the final over, where Broad’s errors gifted them victory.
Broad will be the fall guy, but England should have been disappointed with their total, particularly since Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright got them off to a flyer, posting 102 for the opening wicket.
Bopara was the slightly more sedate of the pair, allowing Wright to play a game he has become renowned for on the County scene. But Bopara’s dismissal signalled a significant slowing of the scoring rate.
They lost wickets in quick succession and scored just 76 runs off the last 10 overs. At one stage England would have been eyeing a total in excess on 200, and would have been acutely aware that the score they posted was below par on a good wicket. Wright was the lone stand out, scoring 71 off 49 deliveries.
The defeat makes victory in their second pool game against Pakistan imperative if they hope to stay in the competition.
England 162/5 - Luke Wright 71, Ravi Bopara 46, Ryan ten Doeschate 2-35.
Netherlands 163/6 - Tom de Grooth 49, Peter Borren 30, James Anderson 3-23
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Netherlands won by four wickets