By Wisden India Staff in Sylhet
Netherlands skipper defends aggressive approach from batsmen at the start, says his side wants to play positive cricket
Even so, the Netherlands is still in with a chance of making it through to the Super 10 in a tight group from which Zimbabwe and Ireland also have a chance of emerging as the sole qualifier.
The Netherlands paid the price for a gung-ho approach at the top which reduced the score to 35 for 4 after 4.3 overs, but it was an approach Peter Borren, the captain, defended. “You never want to be four down in the first six overs and that is what we were. I have to take a bit of responsibility for that myself,” said Borren, the last of those four wickets with a hoick that landed in mid-on’s hands. “In saying that, we have come here to play positive cricket. We are not going to take a step back. Obviously, we do not want to be four down in the first six overs. After that we rebuilt okay. Tommy Cooper batted beautifully again. He sort of held us together.
“If you say we should have been a bit more conservative at the start, yeah, maybe okay,” said Borren. “Our run-rate was okay but we lost too many wickets. We are not interested in coming here and getting 140. To be honest, I'd rather take a few risks to get 155 because 155 is probably par out here. It’s six of one and half a dozen of the other, hindsight is a great thing. We do not want to be four down, also we do not want to get 140 for 5. We have to go reasonably hard at the start, first six overs. In the first game, we were 67 for none after six. We went pretty hard there too. Possibly, we could have reined it back a bit today but we still had wickets in hand throughout the innings, having had good partnerships.”
Borren was understandably disappointed at the result but delighted at the manner in which his team defended 140. “We fought hard, we put them under pressure. If you lose a T20 like that in the last over, it can be pretty harsh. It was a little bit harsh on us in that last over tonight,” he said of the inside edge from Sean Williams that flew to fine-leg to leave the scores level with three balls remaining. “Zimbabwe played reasonably well at the end. Brendan Taylor batted very nicely to get them into a good position. I am very disappointed that we could not finish it. The 17th over (bowled by Logan van Beek which went for 15) was a big over but that is going to happen at some stage.
“I am really happy with what we did after that. The last two overs were fantastic. We sort of fought all the way there. 140 was below par. It was always going to be hard to defend. We almost did, but not quite. While disappointed, I am also very proud of the fight from the guys with the ball and in the field. I think we outfielded them at times. We also bowled extremely well to our plan.”
Borren was all praise for Tom Cooper, who held the innings together with an unbeaten 72, but called for contributions from the other batsmen as well. “It is obviously nice having Tom coming in there, he is a good player. The rest of us have to take a bit more responsibility as well,” conceded Borren. “The first game, our openers put on 67 in six overs. Today we relied on Tom, he is not going to be able to do that every day, every game, so hopefully the rest of us contribute a bit more next game. You did see that you needed someone to be your anchor. Brendan Taylor did that very well for Zimbabwe today. He is a quality player with a lot of experience and just sort of held that chase together quite nicely. Tom did that job for us, and I would hope for a bit larger contributions from others.”