About the Match
Setting the record for the lowest total ever in T20I, Netherlands suffered a crushing defeat against Sri Lanka after getting all-out for 39 runs in 10.3 overs. It was not just a humiliating effort but a shocking batting display from the team that had recently surprised the cricketing world with its stunning chase against Ireland. The Dutch now face the upcoming challenge against South Africa on Mar 27th at Chittagong; and it will be no less an uphill task for them as the Proteas ride high on their fabulous victory against New Zealand by a close 2 runs. With 2 points in their bag, South Africa will now look to climb up the table whereas Netherlands is yet to open their account and will try its best to make a comeback here.
The team hit pit-bottom in its performance as the batsmen fell like a pack of cards against the mighty Sri Lankan bowling; the entire batting line-up was demolished in 10.3 overs for just 39 runs, the lowest total ever in T20I matches. They failed to put up a fight and seemed completely at loss, lacking the enthusiasm they had shown against Ireland a week back. Except for Tom Cooper, who scored 16 runs, the rest either got out on a duck or single digit figures. The total was chased by the Lankans in a record 5 overs, handing the Dutch their worst defeat yet. The players need to rise above their weaknesses while playing against the top teams and justify their place in the Super 10. With a positive mind and a good game-plan, Netherlands can definitely make a comeback here; South Africa is a tough team to beat and they will need to come out all guns blazing to survive the pace attack from the opposition.
Dale Steyn’s T20 career best figure of 4-17 and his astonishing last-ball run-out of the Kiwi batsman, Ross Taylor, ensured a win for his team by a close margin of 2 runs. This keeps the Proteas’ still in the running for a semi-final berth and the upcoming match against Netherlands will be tread upon carefully. Batting first, JP Duminy continued with his brilliant form, scoring 86 off 43 deliveries coming in at No.5 whereas Hashim Amla earlier had got the scoreboard ticking up the order with 41 runs. Their combined effort took the total to a defendable 170 runs; Dale Steyn, Albie Morkel and Imran Tahir took regular wickets to take their team home safely. Morne Morkel was the most expensive of the bowlers with 50 runs leaked away in just 3 overs; however Steyn’s brilliance made up for it and he ensured their team kept their hopes alive here. The players will have to be cautious against the Dutch as they have quite the reputation to throw up surprises; with their expertise and in-form players to back them, South Africa looks invincible at this stage.
Though things are not looking very bright at the moment for Netherlands, they do have the resources and experience to fight hard and make a comeback; South Africa on the other hand has improved with every passing match and is strengthening its position. While the Dutch will be eager for redemption, the South Africans are miles ahead in terms of performance and clearly go in as favorites.
South Africa, 1.06 @ Titan Bet