17 July 2015
Swart and Myburgh star in six-wicket win over Canada
The Netherlands chases down stiff 173-run target with 15 balls in hand to move to fifth place on Group B table
Stephan Myburgh hammered 67 off just 30 balls.
Stephan Myburgh, the Netherlands opener, hit 67 off just 30 balls to guide his team to a six-wicket win in a stiff chase of 173 against Canada in Group B of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015.
The Netherlands got to 174 for 4 in 17.3 overs to win with ample time to spare on Friday (July 17). That, after Ruvindu Gunasekara's 51 and a rapid 42 lower down from Hamza Tariq took Canada to 172 for 8 after being inserted at Goldenacre, Edinburgh.
The Netherlands is now in fifth position in the group table, at par with Scotland on six points but a rung below due to the difference in net run-rate. Canada remains winless after five outings.
"Good win in the end, I suppose," said Peter Borren, the captain, afterwards. "Probably a bit nervous walking off at half-time. Canadians batted pretty well, and we didn’t bowl as well as we could. Chasing 170 is always tough, and pretty satisfied with the two points.
The Netherlands was on track from the word go as Myburgh, in the company of Wesley Barresi, put on 65 for the opening wicket in just 4.4 overs.
Nitish Kumar, the off-spinner, provided respite for Canada in the form of Barresi's wicket when he had the wicketkeeper-batsman caught for 33 off 15 balls. Barresi had struck seven boundaries.
Ben Cooper then gave Myburgh company for the next 22 balls during which the Netherlands knocked off a further 44 runs, although Cooper himself was rather slow, eating up 22 balls for his 19.
Nitish struck for a second time to end Myburgh's innings, which contained six boundaries and four sixes.
Cooper continued to be quiet as Michael Swart joined him and the duo added 45 further runs in seven overs, until Cecil Pervez, the right-arm medium pacer, had Cooper caught behind.
Peter Borren, the Netherlands captain, could not hang around for long but Roelof van der Merwe completed the formalities in the company of Swart, who ended on an unbeaten 34.
Nitish was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 2 for 30 in four overs.
Earlier, Gunasekara gave the Canada innings the impetus, along with Hiral Patel, with whom he put on 56 for the opening wicket in 6.1 overs.
Hiral’s run out ended the partnership before Michael Rippon removed Nitish to put Canada on the back foot.
Rizwan Cheema, the captain, got off to a start and sent four over the fence during his 12-ball 28, but he could not carry on.
Canada's innings, however, received a good boost towards the fag end, thanks to Tariq, the wicketkeeper, who smashed five sixes in his 20-ball knock.
Wickets continued to fall at the other end but that did not deter Tariq. He was eventually dismissed off the last ball of the innings. But he had given Canada a strong total, although it didn't prove enough eventually.
"We’re going to have to improve a little bit with the ball. Some of it was very good, some of it wasn’t,' said Borren. "We’ve got a massive game tomorrow against Kenya, and if we can improve with the ball, I’m pretty confident we can get the win that we need."
Michael Swart's off-breaks fetched him figures of 2 for 24 in four overs, while van der Merwe finished his quota with 1 for 27.
The Netherlands will face Kenya in Edinburgh on Saturday, while Canada will have the chance of finishing on a high when it faces Afghanistan at Stirling on the same day.
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