England favourites in inconsequential tie against Netherlands

Last Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 14:36

Chittagong: Already out of the semifinal race, both England and the Netherlands would be hoping to drew curtains to their ICC World Twenty20 campaign with with a win in their
last Group 2 league match here on Monday.

With three wins from four matches, South Africa had already qualified for the semifinals from this group and they will be joined by the winners of the match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, who both have four points each.

England have only one win from three matches while the Netherlands are yet to register a victory in the group.

England definitely will start as favourites in tomorrow`s dead rubber against the minnows.
England have been hit hard by the loss against New Zealand via Duckworth-Lewis method in their tournament opener.

But the Stuart Broad-led side came back strongly to beat Sri Lanka in the next match.
However, the three-run defeat against South Africa last night dashed England`s any hopes of progressing to the knock-out stage.

Chasing an imposing 197-run target set by South Africa, England came pretty close to a memorable win before finishing at 193 for seven. And the defeat would definitely have hurt the morale of the t
team.

England`s batting has not been a concern in the tournament as they managed to score 170 plus runs in all the three matches.

Alex Hales has impressed at the opening slot while Eoin Morgan, Joss Butler and Ravi Bopara have held together the middle oder with useful contributions.

But it is their bowling which has hurt the Stuart Broad-led side badly in the tournament.

While Sri Lanka scored 189 against England, South Africa batsmen smashed the English bowlers to all parts of the ground to post 196 last night.

But come tomorrow Broad would be hoping for an improved showing from his bowlers against Netherlands to at least end their campaign on a positive note.

But England can`t afford to take Netherlands lightly as after suffering one of the heaviest T20 defeats in their opening group match against Sri Lanka, the Dutchmen lifted their spirits to produce commendable performances against South Africa and New Zealand.

The Netherlands gave South Africa a mighty scare before falling short by just six runs.

The Netherlands then came out with a impressive batting performance against New Zealand to score 151 for four but it was not enough to register a victory.

And come tomorrow, it won`t be a surprise to see another gutsy performance from the Dutchmen and England would be fully aware of that.

Teams (from):
England: Stuart Broad (Capt), Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Stephen Parry, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.

Netherlands: Peter Borren (Capt), Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tom Cooper, Tom Heggelman, Ahsan Malik, Vivian Kingma, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 14:36

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