The Netherlands defeat the United Arab Emirates by 3 wickets in a low-scoring thriller

Lower-midfield Netherlands kept their nerve to claim a three-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates by one-ball in a Group A match of the first round of the ICC T20 World Cup.

While the United Arab Emirates struggled to go 111-8 in 20 overs, the total looked ominous as the Netherlands were reduced to 76-6 in the 14th over before rallying. It was Scott Edwards (16 without a retirement) and Logan Van Beek (4 without a retirement) who kept their nerve in the final, which was overrun by mid-paced Zawar Farid as the Netherlands sped home to take a single from the penultimate Delivery of the game to start a winning note. It was Pakistan-born Junaid Siddique (3/24 in 4 overs) who sacked Tom Cooper (8) and former South African-born IPL player Roelof van der Merwe in three balls to get UAE back in the game .

But Tim Pringle (15), son of ex-New Zealand sailor Chris, and Edwards added 27 runs in five overs to put the Dutch team closer to victory.

Incidentally, neither Pringle nor Edwards hit a single boundary in their seventh wicket, but the lack of pressure on the scoreboard allowed them to turn the shot with mainly singles and the occasional double. Earlier when UAE batted they could never really pick up the tempo as Muhammad Waseem crawled on 41 balls out of 47. Deliveries worth more than 10 overs went to the points account as all Dutch bowlers were in the money.

Pacer Bas de Leede, whose father Tim played for the ‘Orange Brigade at the 1996 World Cup, was the bowlers’ choice with 3/19 in 3 overs, while bowlers Fred Klaassen (2/13) and Van der Merwe (1/19 ), with his slow left-arm orthodox, kept the total under control.

Short scores:
UAE 111/8 (Muhammad Waseem 41, Bas de Leede 3/19, Roelof van der Merwe 1/19).
Netherlands 112/7 (Scott Edwards 16, Tim Pringle 15, Junaid Siddique 3/24). PTI



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