Ahsan Malik rocks Denmark with figures of 4 for 10
Netherlands edged past Denmark with a comfortable seven-wicket win in a Group B ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier clash at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai on Tuesday (November 19).
Having opted to bat, Denmark did not get off to the greatest of starts and lost half of its team with just 30 runs on the board. Right-hand batsman Kamran Mahmood then steadied the innings with a 31-ball 41 and stitched a 44-run stand with Taha Amhed (19). But pacer Ahsan Malik cleaned up the tail quickly, making sure no other lower-order partnerships flourished. Denmark eventually finished at 109 for 8 off 20 overs and Malik returned figures of 4 for 10.
Chasing an easy target, Netherlands lost Michael Swart for six in the third over. Wesley Barresi (22) then combined with Stephanus Myburgh for a 49-run stand before medium pacer Kasper Rubin bowled Barresi. Soon Eric Szwarczynski was also back in the pavilion after being trapped lbw by Michael Pedersen, the Denmark captain, for a duck. The Netherlands captain, Peter Borren (22*), and Myburgh then took Netherlands home in the 11th over. Myburgh remained unbeaten on 54.
Ahsan Malik was adjudged Man of the Match.
Borren acknowledged the win but said his team’s fielding left a lot to be desired. “We got the job done today, we always like playing against Denmark, we were sort of not 100 percent in the field sort of sloppy, we had them 30 for 5 and at that stage could have had them all out under 80, but they got to 109 then which is bit disappointing. But we batted really well and (Stephen) Myburgh did well in the middle to be not out and finish the match for us.”
With three wins in four matches, Netherlands now top Group B and will play Nepal on Wednesday (November 20). “It is going to be very good challenge, they (Nepal) have been doing well,” Borren said. “They are a very good team, very disciplined and we are going to be right up for tomorrow’s match. We are very satisfied with today’s two points but tomorrow will a tough game.”
Meanwhile, Pedersen admitted that his team needed to stay positive ahead of the match against Afghanistan on Thursday. “We have got matches against Afghanistan and PNG coming up, which are very good teams, and if we can keep staying positive and take something away from every game who knows what can happen. Anything can happen.”