The second match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup turned out to be a thriller as Netherlands edged past UAE by three wickets in the final over.
After opting to bat first, UAE struggled with the two-paced nature of the pitch, with Muhammad Waseem (41 off 47) top-scoring in their 111-8. Bas de Leede pitched the ball in right areas and claimed three wickets in the 19th over to finish with 3/19, while Fredrick Klaassen scalped 2 for 13.
In reply, Netherlands made a rapid start, racing to 37-1 in four overs. But they lost regular wickets thereafter.
South Africa-born Colin Ackermann lost his wicket against 16-year-old Aayan Khan – the youngest player to feature in the Men’s T20 World Cup – with score reading 71-4.
The game seemed to be moving in UAE’s favour when Junaid Siddique, in the 13th over, sent Tom Cooper and Roelof van der Merwe back to the dug out. However, a dropped catch from the UAE captain CP Rizwan proved costly from them as Tim Pringle – who got the life – went on to add 27 runs with the Dutch skipper Scott Edwards.
Pringle got out in the penultimate over but Edwards – who remained unbeaten on 16 – took his side over the finish line with Logan van Beek (4 not out).
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Stefan De Villiers (@SkipperDivvy99) October 16, 2022
— Kent Cricket (@KentCricket) October 16, 2022
🟠WOW that was exciting. Good win by the Netherlands XI. 112 for 7 in 9.5 overs! Nail biting.
Well done boys!!
Scott Edwards kept his nerves: 16* off 19 balls.@t20worldcup#wewinnenveelmetsport #teamnl #joinourjourney #samensterker #fairtree #t20worldcup #icc #haveaniceday
— Cricket🏏Netherlands (@KNCBcricket) October 16, 2022
— Wouter Plomp (@NLAmbPlomp) October 16, 2022
— 100MB (@100MasterBlastr) October 16, 2022
— Inshal Siddiqui (@InshalSid123) October 16, 2022
Belting start to the #T20WorldCup, and another reminder that there’s no good cricketing reason for the teams who come through the qualifier to have to qualify again to get to play the top 8.#NAMvSL🏏🇳🇦🇱🇰#NEDvUAE🏏🇳🇱🇦🇪
— Nakul Pande (@NakulMPande) October 16, 2022
Low scoring thriller
Netherlands were 59/2 in 8.4 overs chasing 112
They were reduced to 76/6 in 13.3 overs
Won by 3 wickets in the end
— Vaibhav Sharma (@vaibhav_4x) October 16, 2022