Despite making three healthy totals, England is out of the World T20. Picture:PA Sport/au.eurosport.com
Frustrated at missing a place in the final four, England is looking to finish the World T20 by crushing minnows, the Netherlands at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. After a tough six-months, England cricket is looking to rebuild in all three forms of the game and caretaker coach Ashley Giles says the renaissance begins tonight.
Back in 2009, the Dutch stunned England chasing down 163 to beat the ‘motherland’ at their traditional home of cricket, Lord’s. A repeat of that massive upset could send English cricket officials over the edge.
England has been consistent with the bat have made 7/193 against South Africa only to lose by 3 runs, 4/190 in the victory over Sri Lanka and 6/172 in the controversial rain-marred match which was awarded to New Zealand using the Duckworth/Lewis system. But they have come undone in the field this tournament. The fielding has been ordinary at times and the bowling not much better.
The Netherlands won’t be too worried about the combination England put on the park or the conditions on offer in the afternoon game. The Dutch have shown different skillsets in the two strong games they played. Against South Africa, the bowling was disciplined and tidy, but the batting floppped; against New Zealand, the batters were much better, but the trundlers hit the wrong lengths. If these minnows can get it all right on the day, they might just cause the ‘land of hope and glory’ a bit more pain and embarrassment.
In tonight’s other match, New Zealand can join South Africa in the semis by beating Sri Lanka , which currently sits in second place in Group 1 behind the Proteas.
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