Wednesday, February 23, 2011

World Cup 2011 : England vs Netherlands...

Today's match between England & minnows Netherlands turned out to be a near nightmare for the Barmy Army. Nagpur, also known as the Orange City, was truly Orange in colour today.
Netherlands won the toss & decided to bat in. The openers were a tad circumspect at the beginning, but as the innings progressed, so did the spirits. After the two openers departed, the centre stage was taken over by Cooper & Doeschate. Cooper departed for a well made 47, with the total at 136 for 3 in the 29th over. It was match on from there. Doeschate dug into the English bowling, & along with Grooth & later with Borren tore apart the attack. Batting Powerplay yielded 50 runs, as Netherlands prospered. Doeschate got a well deserved hundred, which included three towering sixes & the innings finally ended at 292 for 6 in the full quota of 50 overs. The English fielding was dreadful. they leaked runs & missed sitters. Bowling was all over the place, barring Swann, who did get some respect from the batsmen & everyone else was punished. The Dutch did pack a surprise for the English fans.

England in reply started purposefully, with Strauss & Peiterson stroking well. It was good to see them take things positively, & at the end of 10 overs, the score read 54 for no loss. Peiterson perished for 39 in the 18th over & Strauss left in the 30th over for a well made 88, the score reading 166 for 2 at that stage. Trott, Bell & then Colingwood & Bopara ensured that England cruised home with six wickets & 8 deliveries to spare. It was a close run for the English fans. With four overs left, they still had 33 runs to get & it could have been an upset, if the Netherlands had a quality bowler in the death overs. For the Dutch team, Doeschate excelled again with the ball after his batting displays, & claimed 2 for 47 in his quota of 10 overs. A truly splendid all round performance, which had England on the mat for the major part of the match. A close shave for the Barmy Army.

Man of the Match : Ten Doeschate for his scintillating century & all round performance. Truly deserving.