The Netherlands produced the biggest upset of the ICC World Twenty20 as they handed a listless England side an embarrassing 45-run defeat in an inconsequential Super 10 match.
Put into bat, the Netherlands scored133 for 5 in 20 overs with Wesley Barresi top scoring with 48 and then their bowlers wreaked havoc to bundle England out for just 88 in 17.4 overs. Logan van Beek (3/9) and Mudassar Bukhari (3/12) were the main tormentors of England.
This was England’s second defeat at the hands of minnows Netherlands in World Twenty20. The Netherlands had beaten England in the 2009 edition at Lord’s.
Chasing 134, England kept losing wickets at regular intervals with only three batsmen — Ravi Bopara (18), Chris Jordan (14) and opener Alex Hales (12) — reaching the double-digit mark.
Bukhari got the first breakthrough when he bowled in-form Hales and he then added Michael Lumb’s wicket to his kitty to leave England struggling at 19 for two in 4.1 overs.
With wickets of Moeen Ali (3), Eoin Morgan (6) and Jos Buttler (6) falling in quick succession, England top and middle order were back in the pavilion, reeling at 52 for six. Bopara and Jordan tried to bring the team back on track but van Beek claimed the former’s wicket to end all hopes of England.
Earlier, The Netherlands got off to a fine start but they failed to capitalise on it as they could score just 49 runs in their last nine overs. From 84 for one in the 11th over, Netherlands could reach 133 for five in 20 overs. Opener Stephan Myburgh (39) first put on 34 runs for the opening wicket with Michael Swart (13), before sharing another 50-run stand with one-down batsman Barresi for the second wicket.
Even as Barresi fought a lone battle in the middle, he kept losing partners at the other end. Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers for England with figures of three for 24.
Brief Scores: Netherlands 133 for five in 20 overs (W Barresi 48, S Myburgh 39; S Broad 3/24); England 88 all out in 17.4 overs (R Bopara 18, C Jordan 14; L van Beek 3/9, M Bukhari 3/12)