World Twenty20: Netherlands vs Zimbabwe – As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam & Chaitan Papnai
Over 20 || Score 146/5
Riding on the whirlwind knock by skipper B Taylor, Zimbabwe successfully chased down the target of 141 runs set by Netherlands. Sibanda sealed nail-biting match by smashing a six off the last ball of the match. And with that, Zimbabwe beat Netherlands by five wickets. For the match-winning knock Taylor was given the Man of the Match award.
SC Williams run out 26 (19b)
BRM Taylor c Borren b van der Gugten 49 (39b)
===================================================Over 15 || Score 95/3
In the 14th over, Seelaar gave two big blows to Zimbabwe. First, he got the better of dangerous looking Masakadza, who got out after scoring 43 runs in 45 balls and then after a gap of one ball he made Chigumbura his next victim who got out for a two ball duck. Now in the last five overs Zimbabwe need 46 runs in 30 balls. B Taylor is still in the middle, so Zimbabwe have a chance to pull this off.
E Chigumbura c Borren b Seelaar 0 (2b)
H Masakadza b Seelaar 43 (45b)
Over 10 || Score 66/1
In the last five overs Zimbabwe have added 40 runs and haven't lost a wicket. B Taylor and Masakadza have started scoring briskly. In the 10th over bowled by Cooper, both the batsmen launched the bowler for a six. Now Zimbabwe required 75 runs to win the match in last ten overs.
Over 5 || Score 26/1
While chasing a challenging total of 140, Zimbabwe have got off to a slow start and on top of it have lost their one opener in the form of Sikandar Raza. Raza got out after scoring 13 runs.
Sikandar Raza c Seelaar b Jamil 13 (12b)
Over 20 || Score 140/5
Thanks to a late onslaught, Holland posted a respectable total of 140 from their allotted 20 overs.
27-year-old Tom Cooper scored an unbeaten 72 from 58 balls to frustrate the Zimbabweans.
Despite making initial inroads in the Dutch batting line-up, the Zimbabweans allowed the batting side escape with a fighting total.
Over 15 || Score 95/5
In the last five overs, Holland scored 33 runs and lost the wicket of Ben Cooper, who was giving company to his more explosive brother Tom.
Natsai Mushangwe provided the breakthrough in the 14th over of the match, enticing the Dutch batsman to play a lofted shot, which was taken by Tinashe Panyangara at long on boundary for a catch.
Ben Cooper c Tinashe Panyangara b Natsai Mushangwe 20 (24b)
Over 10 || Score 62/4
The Cooper brothers – Ben and Tom, have steadied the Netherlands innings after that rocking start from the Zimbabwean bowlers.
How big a total the batting side post as a target for Zimbabwe will depend on this partnership.
Over 4.3 || Score 35/4
It seems as if the entire Holland team is on some mission, to throw away the match. The Netherlands skipper has also joined the Dutch exodus in Sylhet.
Borren tried to launch a straight delivery from Prosper Utseya, but ended up offering a relatively easy catch at mid-off.
Peter Borren c Elton Chigumbura b Prosper Utseya 8 (7b)
Over 3.1 || Score 19/3
This is some pathetic running from Swart. After losing two quick wickets, there is not need for risking another wicket ...through singles.
Good fielding from Chatara though. An underarm throw as accurate as any target-man.
Michael Swart run out 3 (8b)
It's only 19 balls into the play and Holland have lost their top three batsmen. Will be a huge ask for the middle and lower-middle order to score a respectable total.
Over 2 || Score 2/14
That's tremendous start from the Zimbabweans. Have removed two Netherlands batsmen in the first two overs.
Stephan Myburgh lbw b Utseya 0 (1b)
Wesley Barresi b Panyangara 12 (6b)
Prosper Utseya first removed Stephan Myburgh off the third ball of the innings, thanks to a contentious LBW decision.
Then, in the very next over, Tinashe Panyangara compounded the Dutch woes by removing wicket-keeper batsman Wesley Barresi with a beautiful angled-ball, which castled the stumps.
Toss: The Netherlands have won the toss and will bat first at Sylhet.
Here are the teams:
The Netherlands: Stephan Myburgh, Michael Swart, Wesley Barresi (wk), Tom Cooper, Ben Cooper, Peter Borren (capt.), Logan van Beek, Mudassar Bukhari, Timm van der Gugten, Pieter Seelaar, Ahsan Jamil
Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (cpt. & wk), Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Elton Chigumbura, Timycen Maruma, Sikandar Raza, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, SeanWilliams, Tendai Chatara, Natsai Mushangwe
Sylhet: Yesterday, Hong Kong became the first team to exit from the 2014 World Twenty20. Well, today, there`s every chance of Zimbabwe joining the Associate team from Far East in the early casualty list.
After losing their opening match in the last ball to Ireland, the African team would like to make a strong comeback... for two simple reasons: to avoid an early exit from one of cricket`s show-piece events and more importantly, to keep their honour as a Test playing nation.
Tight matches happen. But losing to an Associate team was such a bane for the Zimbabweans that repeating such a debacle will only harm their image as a cricketing nation – which has endured some hard times in recent times.
Meanwhile, a confident Dutch outfit is eager to show the world that they are, despite the `associate` tag, are no push-overs, especially in the shortest formats of the game. And a win today would surely brighten their chances of progressing to the next stage of the tournament.