Dubai: The UAE lost their first ever International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 World Cup match after the Netherlands recorded a spirited six-wicket victory at the Sylhet Stadium on Monday.
UAE skipper Khurram Khan (31) and Swapnil Patil (23), through a 67-run partnership for the third wicket, added to a 47 runs contribution for the fifth wicket by Shaimon Anwar (32) and Rohan Mustafa (20), which helped their team post a challenging score of 151 runs.
But the Netherlands raced to the target through their opener Stephan Myburg’s quick-fire 55 off 36 balls with seven boundaries and two sixes to win the match with seven balls to spare.
The UAE began the Group B encounter with opener Amjad Ali hitting the first ball of the innings from Netherlands opening bowler, off-spinner Michael Swart, to the square leg boundary.
Opener Faizan Asif did even better by hitting the third ball for a six close to the sight screen. Unfortunately, Asif attempted another huge hit and got caught by Ahsan Jamil at long-on off the last ball of the over.
In the next over, Ali also departed in attempting another aggressive shot, which he played on to his wicket off Timm Van der Gugten for 5.
Skipper Khurram Khan and Swapnil Patil then accelerated the run rate. Both batsmen hit some lovely shots to the boundary and, by the end of the 10th over, UAE were sitting pretty at 75 for 2.
In the 11th over, Patil attempted a late cut to off-spinner Tom Cooper, but played on to his wicket for 23.
In the same over, Cooper took the wicket of Khan, who also attempted a late cut, but got bowled for 31.|
Next man Rohan Mustafa hit medium-pacer Mudassar Bukhari for a powerful shot past mid-off for a boundary. Shaimon Anwar hit Bukhari for another boundary to long-on and then in the 13th over, hit Cooper over extra cover for a six. In the 16th over, Anwar cracked Van der Gugten for two boundaries, but Mustafa got run out in the same over for 20.
Anwar then got bowled off a yorker from Van der Gugten for 32. There was worse to come when Amjad Javed, attempting a big hit, fell for 2, while Vikrant Shetty got caught and bowled by Jamil’s slower delivery for 10.
The UAE still posted a reasonable score of 151 in 19.5 overs, however.
Chasing a run rate of 7.61 runs per over, Netherland opener Stephan Myburgh went for his shots. He hit Manjula Guruge for two consecutive boundaries in the third over and lifted spinner Shadeep Silva for a six to the sight screen.
He also hit Guruge for a huge six into the crowd. With opener Michael Swart also in fine knock, the Netherlands put on 56 runs in five overs.
Medium pacer Kamran Shahzad provided the breakthrough by forcing Swart to top edge to Amjad Javed at midwicket.
Wicketkeeper Patil then ran out Myburgh off a direct throw for 55.
Wesley Barresi hit a quick 24 before being bowled by Silva. In the last five overs, Netherlands needed just 17 runs and Cooper hit an unbeaten 34 to seal the victory.
Netherlands bt UAE by six wickets. UAE 151 in 19.5 overs
Khurram Khan 31, Swapnil Patil 23, Shaimon Anwar 32, Rohan Mustafa 20, Ahsan Jamil 3 for 16, Timm van der Gugten 2 for 24, Tom Cooper 2 for 18) Netherlands (Stephan Myburgh 55. Michael Swart 26, Wesley Barresi 24, Tom Cooper 34, Kamran Shahzad 2 for 19.