S Africa vs Holland
South Africa won by six runs
That was a close one! South Africa's 145 was under par, particularly after the start Hashim Amla gave them. Netherlands also had a flying start, thanks to Stephan Myburgh's fifty, but their collapse was even more spectacular than the South Africans' and they left their tailenders with too much to do. So, South Africa claim a relieving win, but this has been a fantastic game of cricket. Up next, it's England v Sri Lanka. Stay tuned!
Over 18.4 - Neth 139 all out
WICKET! Hendricks seals the game for South Africa! After the batsmen exchanged a couple of singles, Hendricks fired in a short, fast ball that touched van der Gugten's gloves on the way through to de Kock.
Over 18 - Neth 137/9 (van der Gugten 7, Malik 0)
WICKET! Bukhari was searching for the boundary that might put Netherlands within touching distance of an upset, but Tsotsobe's bounce is too much for him and he top edges his hoick to be easily caught by Miller in the deep. Ahsan Malik took 5 for 19 with the ball and now his team needs him to win the game off his bat. Phew! Inexplicably, van der Gugten also lines up a slog, and he's very fortunate indeed that Steyn can't quite get to the chance in the deep. All the fielders are on the boundary, why hit the ball in the air?
Over 17 - Neth 132/8 (Bukhari 10, van der Gugten 3)
Well, the Dutch have at least seen Steyn off now. He bustle through a brisk final over, hurrying both batsmen, but Bukhari manages a bunted three down the ground to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Netherlands need 14 from 18 balls. South Africa need two wickets.
Over 16 - Neth 128/8 (Bukhari 7, van der Gugten 3)
WICKET! Another one goes, and this time it's down to atrocious running. Bukhari biffed one out to wide long on, and van Beek charged through the first run, turning immediately for the second. But Bukhari didn't want it, sending him back far too late. Just two wickets remain. This is unbearably tense.
Over 15 - Neth 120/7 (van Beek 1, Bukhari 1)
The Dutch batsmen play out a tense over as Hendricks returns to the attack. Their shots are muted, though Bukhari still backs away to leg to toe-end a single past mid-on, and just two runs come from the over.
Over 14 - Neth 118/7 (Bukhari 0, van Beek 0)
WICKETS! Netherlands are imploding under pressure. They were in a good position a couple of overs ago, but not anymore. Tahir does the damage in his final over, bowling Tom Cooper between his legs before Pieter Seelaar unnecessarily slogs one straight to long on. South Africa should win from here.
Over 13 - Neth 116/5 (Cooper 16, Bukhari 0)
WICKET! Pace like fire from Steyn, and it's too much for Ben Cooper. He did well to weave past a bouncer earlier in the over, but when Steyn peppers him again he fends one off the glove, de Kock trotting round to hold a simple catch. Again, the match could go either way. Netherlands have a long tail, and Bukhari is the start of it.
Over 12 - Neth 114/4 (T Cooper 15, B Cooper 4)
Will the match pivot on this over? Tom Cooper has collected two boundaries off Albie Morkel, who slips up with a short, wide cutter and a low full toss, both of which are smashed to the boundary on either side of the wicket. The boundaries help Netherlands to 13 runs from the over, and they need 32 from 48.
Over 11 - Neth 101/4 (T Cooper 4, B Cooper 3)
WICKET! Tahir strikes again. Borren profited from the slog sweep in this over, but it also brought about his downfall. He cleared the left leg to heave one over deep midwicket, but then shuffled across his stumps in an effort to paddle one and was struck on the pads. Once again, Umpire Davis upheld the appeal.
Over 10 - Neth 90/3 (Borren 7, Cooper 2)
Beuran Hendricks comes back into the attack, and a good over from him is slightly ruined when Borren thumps his final ball straight back down the ground for four. The required rate for Netherlands is still under a run a ball, but Steyn and Tahir still have two overs apiece. Match in the balance.
Over 9 - Neth 84/3 (Borren 2, Cooper 1)
WICKET! Netherlands are wobbling now. Barresi shuffled right across to the off side against Tahir, who slipped one under his bat to strike the batsman on the pad. The appeal, as you can imagine, was ebullient, and Umpire Steve Davis raised the finger. Erroneously, as it happens, because Hawkeye shows the ball would have missed leg stump
Over 8 - Neth 80/2 (Barresi 14, Borren 0)
WICKET! More spin from the other end, and though JP Duminy doesn't appear to offer the same menace as Tahir he's the one to take the vital wicket. Barresi started the over really well, reverse sweeping a four and slogging a six over wide long on, but Myburgh then ran past an offspinner to be bowled. This match is back in the balance, and Dutch captain Peter Borren is in the middle.
Over 7 - Neth 68/1 (Myburgh 51, Barresi 3)
Imran Tahir wheels through his first over, spearing his legspinners fairly flat and fast. He also unveils the googly, though it's dealt with well enough by Myburgh, who taps a single through point to bring up his fifty. Five runs from the over, and Netherlands need a run a ball from here to win.
Over 6 - Neth 63/1 (Myburgh 49, Barresi 0)
WICKET! Steyn breaks through, but it's the wicket of Swart. He's been the quieter of the two openers, by far, and he tried to lift his rate with a flat-batted swat down the ground. The ball looped towards du Plessis in that region, and the South African captain had to put in a diving effort to take the catch. Myburgh is unaffected by the dismissal, ending the over - and the powerplay - with yet another scything cut for four.
Over 5 - Neth 51/0 (Myburgh 40, Swart 7)
Another big over for Netherlands! This is bellicose batting from Myburgh - as you'd expect. Stand and deliver stuff. Tsotsobe makes the mistake of feeding him outside off stump, and Myburgh laces two boundaries through point before lining up deep midwicket off a slower ball. He picks it well to shovel a towering six in that area, and 15 runs flow from the over. Fifty up for Netherlands!
Over 4 - Neth 36/0 (Myburgh 25, Swart 7)
Well, Dale Steyn's first over is successfully negotiated. He worries the batsmen with his pace, but also gives away four byes when he digs a bouncer in at his own feet. That helps the Dutch take six runs from the over to keep their chase chugging along.
Over 3 - Neth 30/0 (Myburgh 24, Swart 6)
Runs for Netherlands! Myburgh is on the charge. He did this sort of thing against rather more modest Irish bowling earlier in the tournament. Tsotsobe doesn't help himself by wildly changing his lines and length as Myburgh flays over point, long leg, fine leg and mid-off. His final shot only just evaded the mid-off fielder, but 18 runs flow from the over to put pressure on South Africa. I expect we'll see Steyn into the attack now. How will they play him?
Over 2 - Neth 12/0 (Swart 6, Myburgh 6)
Hendricks' first ball slips towards leg stump and Swart clips it neatly to the fine leg boundary. The left-armer tests him with a short ball that is pulled just over a leaping Albie Morkel at midwicket, and Myburgh then attempts to leather just about everything that comes his way. He can't quite connect, however, and Hendricks does well to come back after conceding a boundary first ball.
Over 1 - Neth 6/0 (Myburgh 5, Swart 1)
A muted start from the Dutch openers, with Albie Morkel taking the new ball. Myburgh is off the mark with a one-footed swivel-pull, while Swart nudges a straight ball just wide of midwicket to open his own account. Myburgh ends the over with his first boundary, a spliced drive over point that has enough on it to reach the boundary. There's palpable tension on the field.
The Dutch bowlers made a superb comeback today, pulling South Africa back from 84 for 2 in the ninth over. Ahsan Malik lead the way with his five, but South Africa still have a total to defend. What's more, they have Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir in their bowling attack, so Netherlands still have a long way to go if they are to cause an upset. Join us in 10 minutes for the chase.
Over 20 - SA 145/9 (Tahir 9, Tsotsobe 1)
Tahir flays a boundary square of the wicket off the first ball of van der Gugten's over, and he and Tsotsobe scamper hard to add vital runs for South Africa.
Over 19 - SA 135/9 (Tahir 1, Tsotsobe 0)
WICKETS! Malik grabs his fourth and fifth dismissals! This is a day he'll never forget. The pitch has proved perfect for his dibbly-dobbler medium pace. Hendricks shuffled across and top-edged an ugly swipe before Miller ran past a full, straight one to be bowled. A top, top effort for a bowler who simply doesn't have the pace to threaten. Will South Africa be bowled out?
Over 18 - SA 133/7 (Miller 16, Hendricks 3)
Plenty of tip-and-run cricket from Miller and Hendricks, who swap the strike repeatedly during Bukhari's final over. It's a good final effort from the bowler, who aims length deliveries at Hendricks and yorkers at Miller. Just five from the over! Two to go.
Over 17 - SA 128/7 (Miller 13, Hendricks 1)
WICKET! Malik snares a third, and Netherlands are right in this match. It's actually not the easiest pitch to bat on - a little dry, the ball stopping on the surface - but the Dutch have also stuck gamely to their plans. Malik came round the wicket to the right-hander, as he always does, and Steyn managed to squeeze the ball past point for a boundary. But when he stepped out to inflict further damage, he could only edge a slow cutter through to Barresi.
Over 16 - SA 120/6 (Duminy 11, Steyn 0)
WICKET! Timm van der Gugten returns, and removes Duminy! He'd actually got the better of Miller with a slower ball earlier in the over, a false stroke looping over point, but it's a quick, shortish delivery that gets the wicket. In fact, it was rather a bad ball, headed down the leg side, but Duminy got inside it and tickled the ball down the leg side and straight into Barresi's gloves. They've got a slip in now!
Over 15 - SA 114/5 (Duminy 12, Miller 6)
It's worth mentioning the Dutch fielding, which has been unobtrusively tight so far. Not spectacular, but tight enough - similar to their bowling. Bukhari is brought back for another over of seamers, peppering his over with slower deliveries, and some steady work from the inner ring of fielders helps Netherlands to keep South Africa to six from the over. Five remain.
Over 14 - SA 108/5 (Duminy 10, Miller 2)
Plenty of fancy footwork from the batsmen, but Cooper watches their feet closely and generally does a good job of readjusting his lobbed spinners. Just ones and twos make it six from the over. One more wicket and Netherlands will be right in this. Duminy and Miller need to bat at least five overs together.
Over 13 - SA 102/5 (Duminy 6, Miller 0)
WICKET! The tenacious Ahsan Malik returns to snare Morkel! Malik's bowling, distinctly medium pace and gunbarrel straight through the air, shouldn't work, but it does. A frustrated Morkel tried to muscle a length delivery over midwicket, but got rather too much underneath it and Ben Cooper once again showed safe hands at deep midwicket. Miller and Duminy could still decimate the Dutch, but these wickets are rather handy for the underdogs.
Over 12 - SA 100/4 (Morkel 4, Duminy 5)
There's not a lot of work on Tom Cooper's straight-breaks, but he varies his pace very well in this over to protect the boundary. Morkel also finds his round-the-wicket line a little awkward, but brings up South Africa's hundred with a firm cut to deep point for one.
Over 11 - SA 94/4 (Morkel 2, Duminy 1)
WICKET! Logan van Beek has his first Twenty20 international dismissal, and it's a big one! De Villiers shimmied down the pitch to his first delivery, but sliced underneath his attempted loft and Ben Cooper settled under an easy chance at deep cover. The reinvigorated bowler concedes just two singles off the remainder of the over, and Netherlands continue to keep touch with South Africa.
Over 10 - SA 92/3 (de Villiers 21, Morkel 1)
Some slightly lazy running from Morkel might have seen him run out in this over - if the throw from the deep had been on target. Alas, it wasn't, but Bukhari bowls a solid second over to keep the batsmen to ones and twos. With half of their overs spent, South Africa have set a solid base. How soon until de Villiers and Morkel launch?
Over 9 - SA 85/3 (de Villiers 15, Morkel 0)
WICKET! Netherlands have the breakthrough, and it's Tom Cooper's offspin that provides it. Du Plessis found his range with an imperious swatted drive for six over extra cover, but when he charged out at the next delivery he couldn't get quite to the pitch and hoicked it straight out to van Beek at deep midwicket. South Africa are asserting themselves with the bat, but Netherlands aren't letting them get too far away thanks to these wickets. Ah, but what's this - Albie Morkel has come out at no. 5.
Over 8 - SA 75/2 (du Plessis 18, de Villiers 11)
Pieter Seelaar trundles in with his left-arm spin. He's lucky that his first ball isn't immediately put away - it's a long-hop but it's lapped straight to short fine leg. Both du Plessis and de Villiers use their feet to get at the bowler, and du Plessis uses his strong bottom hand to fetch a full toss from off-stump to the midwicket boundary, evading the converging fielders. There's a humorous moment when du Plessis calls for a hard-run two later in the over, falling over completing the second run, but there's no harm done.
Over 7 - SA 66/2 (du Plessis 12, de Villiers 8)
Peter Borren turns to his most experienced bowler, Mudassar Bukhari, to bring back a measure of control. He offers a pleasing wicket-to-wicket line with his fast-medium seamers, and a canny offcutter too, with which he finds the outside edge of du Plessis' bat. Unfortunately for him, it's a thick edge and there's no slip, so four runs are the result.
Over 6 - SA 58/2 (du Plessis 6, de Villiers 6)
A loose over from Logan van Beek, and an untroubled du Plessis collects from it. Van Beek has some nip, but not a great deal of control and du Plessis latches onto a full toss to collect a boundary down the ground. Two leg-side wides follow, before poor van Beek loses his run-up completely and has to re-start his seventh delivery. His 8th isn't particularly good either, and de Villiers flicks it neatly to the fine leg boundary. One senses that van Beek is straining too hard to make something happen. South Africa, meanwhile, will be pleased to have plundered 58 runs from the Powerplay.
Over 5 - SA 46/2 (du Plessis 1, de Villiers 1)
WICKET! Some relief for Netherlands! Ahsan Malik, their plucky round-the-wicket medium-pacer, has struck. Amla went after the bowler from the first delivery, aiming a slightly ungainly swipe down the ground that had mid-on interested in a catch. After biffing Malik back over his head for four, he aims another shot over mid-off but can only feather an edge through to Barresi. A good over from this magnetic bowler, but Netherlands need to string a couple of them together to really challenge South Africa.
Over 4 - SA 39/1 (Amla 37, du Plessis 1)
Van der Gugten continues, and his second delivery is lifted cleanly in front of square by a marauding Amla. Fortunately for the Dutch, van der Gugten adjusts his line and length thereafter to limit the damage, despite Amla's repeated attempts to shuffle around in the crease and create scoring opportunities. Another wicket would be handy for Netherlands, but one feels that there'll be no let-up from South Africa's batsmen.
Over 3 - SA 33/1 (Amla 32, du Plessis 0)
Amla opens the floodgates! After taking a wicket, Swart is kept on for another over, but this time it's the Dutch who are hurt. Hashim Amla, who usually like to play himself in, starts the flow with a shimmy down the wicket and a sliced loft over long off four six. With Swart getting very little work on the ball, he collects more runs over cover, to long leg, and even via the outside edge of a booming drive. Five boundaries in the over!
Over 2 - SA 10/1 (Amla 10, du Plessis 0)
Van der Gugten takes the new ball from the opposite end, offering bustling pace and a proud seam. But he feeds Amla outside off stump with a succession of short, wide deliveries, and the South African collects his first boundary with a fierce, whiplash cut through cover point. Seven runs boost South Africa's score.
Over 1 - SA 3/1 (Amla 3, du Plessis 0)
WICKET! Netherlands' unorthodox tactics pay off! Swart opens the bowling with his offspin - not all that surprising, as we've seen several teams start with a slow bowler since the qualifiers. He stays round the wicket to both Amla and de Kock, Amla fetching two runs through square leg to start the innings. For de Kock, however, the Dutch have a man at short fine leg and a man at backward square leg, and he whips the ball straight at Myburgh at square leg to depart. No flight or turn for Swart, but he's given his team an ideal start
Pitch and conditions
Netherlands captain Peter Borren reckons there might be some dew around later, backing up his decision to field first, and indeed South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis suggests he would also have fielded first. The track, though, looks a good one for batting, as you'd expect, and South Africa will want to post a large total to boost their net run-rate.
Netherlands: 1 Myburgh, 2 Swart, 3 Barresi (wk), 4 T Cooper, 5 Borren (c), 6 B Cooper, 7 Bukhari, 8 van Beek, 9 Seelaar, 10 van der Gugten, 11 Malik.
South Africa: 1 de Kock (wk), 2 Amla, 3 du Plessis (c), 4 de Villiers, 5 Duminy, 6 Miller, 7 Morkel, 8 Steyn, 9 Hendricks, 10 Tahir, 11 Tsotsobe.
Captain Peter Borren triumphs in the flip of the coin and the Netherlands will bowl first.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of Thursday's important World Twenty20 Group 1 fixture between the Netherlands and South Africa at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
- 27th Mar 2014
- Netherlands won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium
- B N J Oxenford, S J Davis
- TV Umpire
- R J Tucker
- Match Referee
- D C Boon
- Reserve Umpire
- A S Dar
holland BATTING CARD
|S.J. Myburgh||b Duminy||51|
|M.R. Swart||c du Plessis b Steyn||8|
|W. Barresi||lbw Tahir||14|
|P.W. Borren||lbw Tahir||13|
|T.L.W. Cooper||b Tahir||16|
|B.N. Cooper||c de Kock b Steyn||5|
|M. Bukhari||c Miller b Tsotsobe||11|
|P.M. Seelaar||c Duminy b Tahir||2|
|L.V. van Beek||run out (Miller)||1|
|T. van der Gugten||c de Kock b Hendricks||8|
|M.A.A. Jamil||Not out||1|
|Extras||3w, 4b, 2lb||9|
|Total||All Out, 18.4 Overs||139|