Bermuda v Netherlands - ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier - Match Update
Netherlands 125/9 (20/20 ov) v Bermuda 121/8 (20.0/20 ov) - Netherlands won by 4 runs
On Thursday, March 15, 2012, fans at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, got to witness a thrilling finish to a match between Bermuda and Netherlands in the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 Qualifier, where the Dutch grabbed a narrow win by just four runs.
After winning the toss, Bermuda chose to give their bowlers a go at the Netherlands batsmen, aiming to wrap-up the Dutch innings under a low total.
Netherlands had an unimpressive start to their innings as they lost two wickets with only 26 runs on the board as opener Stephan Myburgh departed after smashing 20 runs, while middle-order batsman Tom Cooper fell without troubling the scorers.
Bermuda exhibited tremendous resolve as they restricted the Dutch batsmen from dominating the sequence of events in the match.
With the middle-order failing to forge a tough resistance against an aggressive bowling attack, it was the fantastic innings from opener, Michael Swart, that stole the show as the batsman with all the wickets falling around him managed to amass a staggering innings of 53 runs, as he played a vital role in helping his side post a respectable total of 125 runs on the board in 20 overs, for the loss of nine wickets.
From Bermuda, Kamau Leverock and Dion Stovell shared two wickets each as they annihilated the Dutch batting line-up.
Coming out to bat, Bermuda needed a steady start to their innings but in the fourth over they suffered the loss of their first wicket with only 17 runs on the board as opener Dion Stovell departed after making 13 runs.
Nonetheless, the middle-order steadfast and continued their run chase confidently, aiming to subdue the fielding side.
However, Bermuda had their plans rattled by the 21-year-old pacer, Timm van der Gugten, who snatched four wickets, leaving the batting side in complete disarray.
The bowlers incinerated Bermuda’s lower-order, leaving the batting side just inches away from victory as Bermuda ended their innings by posting 121 runs in 20 overs for the loss of eight wickets.
Dutch batsman, Swart was named as the Player of the Match for an outstanding batting performance.