T20 World Cup: Netherlands beat UAE by 3 wickets in low-scoring thriller

Skipper Scott Edwards went undefeated in 16th as the Netherlands chased away 112th.© AFP

The bowlers, led by Bas de Leede, helped the Netherlands defeat the United Arab Emirates by three wickets in a thrilling, few-goal game at Sunday’s Twenty20 World Cup. Skipper Scott Edwards went unbeaten at 16 as the Netherlands chased their goal of 112 with one ball to go in the day’s second game in Geelong. UAE Tempo spearhead Junaid Siddique scored figures from 3-24 to put opponents in trouble by two wickets in the 14th over, but Edwards kept his nerve to lead his team to a win in round one.

De Leede, an all-rounder who is a tempo bowler, led the charge with his three wickets to keep UAE 111-8.

The UAE batsmen opted for batting and survived the disciplined Dutch attack but were slow to score as they went 85-2 in 15 overs, with Muhammad Waseem making 41 before falling to pace pick Fred Klaassen.

The wicket set off a meltdown when de Leede struck three times in the 19th over as UAE slipped from 91-2 and managed just 26 runs in the last five overs.

In response, Vikramjit Singh folded for 10 but Max O’Dowd hit 23 balls from 18 to give the team a quick start.

Junaid tossed O’Dowd in the sixth over and the Netherlands suddenly lost wickets in a pile to lose control of their modest pursuit.

Junaid scored twice within three balls including Tom Cooper (8) and Roelof van der Merwe (0) and almost had a third when skipper Chundangapoyil Rizwan dropped a catch for cover.

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The oil spill proved costly as Edwards and Tim Pringle completed 27 runs and sneaked home in the final.

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