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Match facts: England v Netherlands

Netherlands will look to repeat history where it defeated England by four wickets in the ICC World Twenty20 2009

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Since the start of 2013, Ravi Bopara has averaged 46.5 in T20Is.

Both England and The Netherlands are out of contention for a semifinal spot in the ICC World Twenty20 2014, however, both teams would want to sign off on a positive note. Netherlands has been patchy in its performances, while, England has lacked consistency. Here's a look at the key facts, approaching milestones and key battles: 

Key Facts:

The Netherlands’ victory at Lord’s at the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 was its first victory against an ICC Full member in the format – it has since also beaten Bangladesh, in 2012. 

Since the start of 2013, Ravi Bopara has averaged 46.5 in T20Is. 

England has won two of its nine T20Is this year – only once has it had a lower win percentage in a year - in 2006 it lost both of its T20Is. 

14 of the last 17 T20Is involving The Netherlands has been won by the team batting second. 

Tom Cooper has scored 223 runs in six innings in the tournament, at an average of 74.3 and strike rate of 145.8. 

Approaching milestones: 

Alex Hales needs 56 runs to become the third player after Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan to score 1,000 T20I runs for England. 

Pieter Seelaar needs two wickets to become the third player after Ahsan Malik and Mudassar Bukhari to take 25 T20I wickets for The Netherlands. 

Key Battles: 

England v Netherlands – Stuart Broad v Ahsan Malik 

England’s elimination in this tournament has been due to bowling deficiencies. It has recorded totals of 172, 190 and 193, but has secured just one victory, with an inability to control scoring rates at the death a major factor. A large amount of dropped catches have not helped, but a rethink about the identity of the death bowlers might be needed, with a more prominent role for captain Stuart Broad, the sixth highest T20I wicket-taker.

Ahsan Malik has thrived in this role for Netherlands, with his ability to deliver yorkers and slower balls on cue notable – his highest Opta Key Performance Indicator is for variation. With 12 wickets in six innings he is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.

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