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It could have turned the other way: Borren

“He’s a massive part of our side and it’s nice for him to be contributing,” says Trent Boult about Brendon McCullum

It could have turned the other way: Borren - Cricket News
Borren gave credit to Brendon McCullum, whose innings ensured that there were no slip-ups in the chase.
The Netherlands lost its third match in as many attempts at the ICC World Twenty20 2014, but, against New Zealand, the Netherlands showed that it could be organised and sensible against quality teams. On the face of it, New Zealand was clinical and won quite comfortably, but there were moments in the chase of 152 on Saturday (March 29) in which the Netherlands was not far from scaring the opposition.
 
Peter Borren, the Netherlands’ captain, knew where his team pulled up short. “There were three main areas, I think. We didn’t get as many runs as we would have liked in the Power Play, they bowled very well up front, think they’d done a little bit of homework, took the pace off the ball and bowled a little bit fuller. Our guys probably like a little bit more pace and a bit shorter,” said Borren.
 
“You saw from the South Africa game we made a lot of runs in the Power Play, today NZ bowled well up front. Then our last two overs, I don’t know how many we got but we were in a position where we probably should got more, another 10-15 runs. The third reason was we bowled a little bit full on this deck, it was always difficult with one short boundary and we sort of bowled length from one end and too full from the other end. Bit disappointing that we didn’t get our areas right, which we did against South Africa.”
 
Borren said that his team had a fairly straightforward template of how it liked to play. “We’ve got a bit of a plan, go real hard in the first six overs and then hopefully have wickets in hand at the end, but I think that’s pretty standard for most teams. Today we didn’t get as many as we would have liked in the first six and we did end up having a bit of a base but we didn’t finish that off,” said Borren. “After that game against Sri Lanka, we got bowled out for 39, which was just a joke, we’ve showed that we can play cricket here and if a few things went our way today ... Looking at it, it seems New Zealand have done it pretty comfortably but cricket’s funny and it could have turned the other way. I think they had to work quite hard for the win.”
 
Borren gave credit to Brendon McCullum, whose innings ensured that there were no slip-ups in the chase. “I don’t think it was the sort of wicket that was easy to get in on, so for the new guys coming in I don’t think it was too easy. We fought the whole way and if one over had gone for us we would have had a good chance,” said Borren. “Credit to Brendon, he batted really well, he took a lot of responsibility, he’s a dangerous player but they needed someone to bat through. For new guys it wasn’t easy so he did a really good job.”
 
Borren, who was born in Christchurch and played Under-19 cricket for New Zealand, said there was no added satisfaction in making runs against his old country. “I’ve been in Holland for 12 years, that’s a long time. I guess, growing up in New Zealand, it was pretty cool to play against them...” said Borren. “I don’t know too many of the New Zealand players, but it was a long time ago that I left. It’s nice for me contribute, not just because it’s New Zealand, but because I haven’t contributed the runs that I should have recently.”
 
Trent Boult, who claimed the early wicket of Stephan Myburgh and set New Zealand on its way, said that McCullum had underscored his value as a player. “It’s pretty well known across the world what kind of player Brendon is, for him to tick up that milestone is pretty satisfying for him personally,” said Boult of McCullum becoming the first batsman to reach 2000 T20I runs. “It’s something the team loves to see. He’s a massive part of our side and it’s nice for him to be contributing.”The Netherlands lost its third match in as many attempts at the ICC World Twenty20 2014, but, against New Zealand, the Netherlands showed that it could be organised and sensible against quality teams. On the face of it, New Zealand was clinical and won quite comfortably, but there were moments in the chase of 152 on Saturday (March 29) in which the Netherlands was not far from scaring the opposition.
 
Peter Borren, the Netherlands’ captain, knew where his team pulled up short. “There were three main areas, I think. We didn’t get as many runs as we would have liked in the Power Play, they bowled very well up front, think they’d done a little bit of homework, took the pace off the ball and bowled a little bit fuller. Our guys probably like a little bit more pace and a bit shorter,” said Borren.
 
“You saw from the South Africa game we made a lot of runs in the Power Play, today NZ bowled well up front. Then our last two overs, I don’t know how many we got but we were in a position where we probably should got more, another 10-15 runs. The third reason was we bowled a little bit full on this deck, it was always difficult with one short boundary and we sort of bowled length from one end and too full from the other end. Bit disappointing that we didn’t get our areas right, which we did against South Africa.”
 
Borren said that his team had a fairly straightforward template of how it liked to play. “We’ve got a bit of a plan, go real hard in the first six overs and then hopefully have wickets in hand at the end, but I think that’s pretty standard for most teams. Today we didn’t get as many as we would have liked in the first six and we did end up having a bit of a base but we didn’t finish that off,” said Borren. “After that game against Sri Lanka, we got bowled out for 39, which was just a joke, we’ve showed that we can play cricket here and if a few things went our way today ... Looking at it, it seems New Zealand have done it pretty comfortably but cricket’s funny and it could have turned the other way. I think they had to work quite hard for the win.”
 
Borren gave credit to Brendon McCullum, whose innings ensured that there were no slip-ups in the chase. “I don’t think it was the sort of wicket that was easy to get in on, so for the new guys coming in I don’t think it was too easy. We fought the whole way and if one over had gone for us we would have had a good chance,” said Borren. “Credit to Brendon, he batted really well, he took a lot of responsibility, he’s a dangerous player but they needed someone to bat through. For new guys it wasn’t easy so he did a really good job.”
 
Borren, who was born in Christchurch and played Under-19 cricket for New Zealand, said there was no added satisfaction in making runs against his old country. “I’ve been in Holland for 12 years, that’s a long time. I guess, growing up in New Zealand, it was pretty cool to play against them...” said Borren. “I don’t know too many of the New Zealand players, but it was a long time ago that I left. It’s nice for me contribute, not just because it’s New Zealand, but because I haven’t contributed the runs that I should have recently.”
 
Trent Boult, who claimed the early wicket of Stephan Myburgh and set New Zealand on its way, said that McCullum had underscored his value as a player. “It’s pretty well known across the world what kind of player Brendon is, for him to tick up that milestone is pretty satisfying for him personally,” said Boult of McCullum becoming the first batsman to reach 2000 T20I runs. “It’s something the team loves to see. He’s a massive part of our side and it’s nice for him to be contributing.”
 

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