Netherlands defeated England.

Netherlands shocked the World by defeating England in the opening match of World T20 2009 played at iconic Lords Cricket Ground, London. Both Netherlands and England were clubbed in Group B.

Netherlands captain Jeroen Smits won the toss and decided to field first. The decision did not pay off as Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright played with positive intent. At the end of six overs, England openers scored 51.

After the power play overs, Wright and Bopara continued to make the batting look easy. Both batted with ease which put pressure on Netherlands bowlers. The experienced Ryan Ten Doeschate got the breakthrough dismissing Bopara for 46. The England openers added 102 runs in 11.2 overs which laid a strong foundation for a massive total.

After the dismissal of Bopara, the Netherlands made a strong comeback by picking wickets at regular intervals. Owais Shah, Eoin Morgan, Paul Collingwood were dismissed cheaply. Wright completed his fifty off 37 balls and was finally dismissed for 71. England posted 162 for 5 at the end of 20 overs.

For the Netherlands, Ryan Doeschate took 2 for 35 while Peter Seelar, Borren and Schiferli took 1 wicket each.

Chasing 163 runs to win, Netherlands lost an early wicket of Alex Kervezee in the very first over itself. Darron Reekers played with positive intent and put pressure on England bowlers by scoring a quickfire cameo with 20 off 13 balls. At the end of six overs, Netherlands were 52 for 2.

After the power play overs, Bas Zuiderent and Tom de Grooth steadied the innings putting on 43 runs for the 3rd wicket. De Grooth was in some serious form with great hitting which put England bowlers under pressure.

Peter Borren joined with Grooth and added 50 runs for the 4th wicket to put the Netherlands on a course of a famous win.

The match went right down the wire with 7 runs needed to win off the last over. Both teams were tensed before Stuart Broad missed a chance to run out to dismiss Schiferli and took 2 runs to help the Netherlands create a major upset winning the match by 4 wickets.

For his 49 off 30 balls, de Grooth was awarded the man of the match. Netherlands 163 for 6 in 20 overs ( Tom de Grooth 49, Peter Borren 30, James Anderson 3/23) beat England 162 for 5 in 20 overs ( Luke Wright 71, Ravi Bopara 46, Ryan Doeschate 2/35) by 4 wickets.


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