India beat Netherlands by 5 wickets

By | March 10, 2011


India beat Netherlands by 5 wickets – A consecutive all-round match winning performance from Yuvraj Singh hepled India to their win against Netherlands by 5 wickets and 13 overs to spare. Winning the toss, the Netherlands elected to bat first. The Netherlands opener batsmen Eric Swarczynski and Wesley Barresi provided a decent start on a slow track, with 56 runs from 15 overs for their first wicket stand. But Piyush Chawla in his first over bowled Eric on a score 28 runs from 42 balls. Soon after Eric’s dismissal Wesley also lost his wicket to Yuvraj Singh scoring 26 runs from 58 balls, causing Netherlands 64 runs for 2 wickets in 19 overs. Thing look well for Netherlands with Tom Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate, who were looking comfortable at crease, both of them contributed 35 runs for their 3rd wicket stand, when Ryan on a score of 11 from 28 balls became a victim of Yuvraj, who mistimes the balls hitting it high in the air and Zaheer takes it comfortably at the long-off fence. After Ryan’s departure, the Netherlands batsmen failed to make any good partnerships and lost wickets at regular intervals. Netherlands were 151 runs for 8 wickets in 42 overs. Skipper Peter Borren and Mudassar Bukhari showed some fight back and provided a valiant 38 runs for their 9th wicket stand. Peter scored 38 runs from 36 balls and Mudassar scored 21 runs from 18 balls. Mudassar smashed sixes to pacer Ashish Nehra and also spinner Harbajan Singh before he was bowled by experienced Zaheer Khan. However, Netherlands managed total of 189 runs from 46.4 loosing all their wickets. Zaheer Khan was the most successful bowler to grab 3 wicket for 20 runs, while Yuvraj Singh and Piyush Chawla took 2 wickets each. Chasing a small target of 190 runs, the Indian openers Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar provided a marvelous start to the team, scoring 69 runs in 7 overs. Sehwag was trying to finish the game quickly, he smashed two consecutive 4’s on 2 deliveries of Peter Seelar, but was caught at point on the third ball. Sehwag scored 38 runs in 29 balls, which includes five 4’s and two 6’s. Both Sachin and promoted Yousuf Pathan were dangerous at crease with Sachin scoring 27 from 22 balls and Pathan scored 11 runs, including a six. But Seelar in his very next over removed Sachin and Yousuf Pathan, causing India 82 runs for 3 wickets in 10 overs. After the quick 3 wickets loss Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir looked comfortable at crease, But soon after both the batsmen survived a run out opportunity, Kohli was bowled by Borren on a score of 12 runs from 20 balls. After which Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh provided a decent 40 runs partnership for the 5th wicket stand. Gambhir failed to continue the flow of runs and was bowled by Mudassar on a score of 28 runs from 28 balls. However, Yuvraj along with skipper MS Dhoni played a patient innings and provided India its victory third victory in the tournament with 13 overs to spare. During which Yuvraj scored 51 runs from 73 balls and Dhoni scored 19 runs from 40 balls. Yuvraj Singh was named Man of the Match for his all-round performance, who took 2 wickets and scored 51 runs.

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