ICC T20 WORLD CUP : WARM UP-ZIMBABWE WON BY 5 WICKETS
Toss Netherlands, who chose to bat
Player of the match BRM Taylor (Zimbabwe)
Umpires SJ Davis (Australia) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire IJ Gould (England)
Match referee DC Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire BF Bowden (New Zealand)
The Netherlands will be riding the surf of confidence as they pitch their tents with a 4 out of 5 win streak in their last 5 T20s. They play against Zimbabwe today and it should be a cracker of a match with the Zimbabwean team looking for their first T20 win while the Netherlands team will want to keep their top spot in Group B intact.
It was a brilliant all-round effort against UAE that earned them a victory in the opening qualifier; while Swart and Gugten provided the early breaks, Cooper took 2 crucial wickets in the 11th over that put the pressure back on the opponents. Jamil’s 3-16 was the most economical spell and together, the bowlers restricted UAE to 151 runs that the batsmen ensured to chase successfully. Stephan Myburgh has been in good form and it continued today as he posted 55 off just 36 balls that saw him smash 7 boundaries and a couple of sixes on the way; his partnership with Swart yielded a 69-run opening stand, which was then strengthened by the all-round performance of Cooper who scored 34 runs and Barresi’s 24 off 21 deliveries. It was a focused approach by the players that kept them on the right track and led to their victory.
Though the batsmen showed spirited efforts, they struggled against the Irish spinners and easily gave away their wickets trying to go for the big runs; while openers Masakadza and Sikandar Raza got off to a good start, it was the captain Brendan Taylor’s 59 off 46 balls that built the foundation. However, the rest of the batting line-up faltered in these conditions and they ended with 163 to defend. Though it was a good total and the bowlers maintained the pressure on the opponents, the Irish found some loopholes and took advantage of them to snatch away the game. Panyangara was the leading wicket-taker with 4 wickets while Chatara and Williams took a wicket each but they couldn’t contain the Irish from reaching the target.