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Rain forces abandonment of warm-up ties in Mohali

Myburgh, Ben Cooper find form for Netherlands, but rain has final say

06 March 2016 18:56

Rain forces abandonment of warm-up ties in Mohali - Cricket News

Rain forced abandonment of the first warm-up match in Dharamsala.

The elements had the final say as rain forced abandonment of the two warm-up ties – Netherlands’ clash against Scotland and Afghanistan’s against Oman – ahead of the group stages of the ICC World T20 2016, at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Sunday (March 6).

In the first match, put in to bat, Netherlands had reached 133 for 3 from 15.1 overs when the skies opened up, forcing the abandonment of the match as a no-result. It meant both teams finished winless in their warm-up engagements, Netherlands having gone down by 16 runs to Afghanistan and Scotland being beaten by 14 runs by Oman in their respective opening games on Friday.

The rain never really abated sufficiently thereafter, inducing the washout of the second clash between Afghanistan and Oman as well.

In the little play that was possible over the course of the day, Stephan Myburgh, the Netherlands opener, and Ben Cooper both returned to run-scoring ways after modest outings against Afghanistan. Having made only 5 in the first game, Myburgh smashed nine fours and a six on his way to a 43-ball 58 to make up for the third-over dismissal of Wesley Barresi, who was cleaned up by Safyaan Sharif.

Sharif returned to also account for Myburgh in the 14th over, but by then, the opener had engaged himself in a stand of 99 for the second wicket with Ben Cooper, who followed up 14 in the first match with an unbeaten 49 off 38 deliveries with four fours and a six. Ben and brother Tom had put on 19 for the third wicket in quick time when Josh Davey got rid of Tom, at which point the rain arrived to put an end to the proceedings. Sharif was Scotland’s most successful bowler with 2 for 30.

Scotland will begin its Group B campaign against Afghanistan on Nagpur on Tuesday, while Netherlands takes on Bangladesh in its opening Group A game in Dharamsala the following day, after which Oman will begin its maiden campaign against Ireland at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Wednesday.

Only the top team from each of the two four-team groups will make it to the Super 10 stage of the ICC World T20 2016.

Please click here to review the Netherlands v Scotland match in full in the ICC Match Centre.