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Netherlands are elated with the run-out of Tim Bresnan, England v Netherlands,
World T20, Group 1, Chittagong, yesterday.
There is a great deal of competition for the lowest
point in the history of English cricket. They have
been defeated by Ireland and Netherlands, bowled
out by a chicken farmer in Zimbabwe and white-
washed by India, West Indies and Australia. They
were even knocked out of the World Cup they hosted
in 1999 before the theme song was released.
But defeat at the hands of Netherlands---the second
time they have lost to them in two meetings following
the result in the 2009 World T20 at Lord s---in Chit-
tagong ranks among the worst of England s defeats.
In a winter stuffed with setbacks and disappointment,
England left the most ignominious moment until
last. The term double-dutch has rarely seemed so
It is a defeat that might also prove a fatal blow for
Ashley Giles hopes of gaining the England coaching
job. While those at the ECB charged with appointing
the next coach might have been expected to take a
sympathetic view towards some modest results in
light of the transitional phase in which the team find
themselves, it may prove harder to overlook a defeat
at the hands of Netherlands: a team that were beaten
by Zimbabwe early in the tournament; a team that
were bowled out for 39 by Sri Lanka a few days ago;
a team that recently lost their ODI status.
Netherlands have become the only Associate team
to beat a Test team twice in T20 internationals. Their
first win against England was in the only other T20I
these teams have played, at Lord s in the 2009 World
England s total in this match equalled their second
lowest score in T20Is. West Indies had also bowled
them out for 88 at The Oval in 2011. England s lowest
score in T20Is is 80, by India in the 2012 World T20.
This was Netherlands fourth win when batting
first in 14 games. They have a better record batting
second - 11 wins in 15 matches.
The 45-run defeat was England s sixth worst in
terms of runs. Their worst was against India in the
last World T20, when they lost by 90.
The England batsmen scored only three boundaries,
the fewest they have hit in a T20I.
Those same men charged with appointing the
coach might also like to reflect on the wisdom of
dispensing with Kevin Pietersen weeks before the
tournament, too. Whether he is disruptive or not in
the dressing room--- and the evidence of those who
shared it with him is mixed---there is no doubt that,
without him, England are a weaker team on the pitch.
This was a wretched performance. While Nether-
lands hit three boundaries in the first over of the
game, England managed only four in their entire
innings. While Holland took 47 off their six Powerplay
overs, England managed only 26 for the loss of three
wickets off theirs; their second lowest in T20 history.
Their final total - a pathetic effort of 88---was the
lowest ever recorded by Full Member nation against
It summed up England s awful performance that
defeat was sealed by a shambolic run-out. Had an
unknowing spectator sauntered into the ground, they
could have been forgiven for concluding that England
was the Associate nation and Netherlands were the
But it is harsh to focus on England s shortcomings
when Netherlands performance warrants praise. Cer-
tainly their bowling---intelligent, disciplined and
calm---was highly impressive and their fielding calm
and assured. They deserve huge plaudits for defending
a target that looked some way below par, albeit on
a pitch that rendered stroke-making difficult.
Timm van der Gugten bowled with pace and control
in taking the key wicket of Eoin Morgan, falling to
an old weakness and edging one pushed wide of his
off stump, while Mudassar Bukhari s control and
variations preyed on an England batting line-up
chronically lacking in confidence on a sluggish surface.
Logan van Beek also claimed three wickets in two
overs by virtue simply of maintaining and
decent line and length and preying on England s
Netherlands humiliate England
However, the key difference was the composure
of Netherlands compared to England. While the
Dutch played to the conditions, England attempted
to play as if on a quicker surface. With the ball not
coming on to the bat as England might have liked,
the batsmen were encouraged to hit the ball in the
air and presented a succession of chances to Nether-
land s grateful, and sharp fielders. Only three men
made double-figures and none made more than 18.
Earlier, it seemed as if England had clawed Nether-
lands back to a manageable total after a bright start.
Stephan Myburgh and Wesley Barresi put on 50 for
the second wicket in 43 balls, with Stephen Parry,
playing in place of the much-derided Jade Dernbach,
punished for 23 off his two overs.
Netherlands Innings: 133-5 in 20 overs (Wesley Barresi 48,
Stephen Myburgh 39, Michael Swart 13; Stuart Broad 3-24,
Chris Jordan 1-13)
England Innings: 88 all out in 17.4 overs (Ravi Bopara 18,
Chris Jordan 14, Alex Hales 12; Logan Van Beek 3-9, Mudassar
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