Thursday, 17 March 2011

Netherland’s Peter Borren plays blame game – ICC World Cup 2011

Peter Borren, the captain of the Netherlands cricket team, has  blamed his batsmen for the poor show in their pool match of the ICC World Cup 2011 played against Bangladesh on 14th March at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong. The Dutch lost the match by a large margin of six wickets. Borren mentioned after the match that the Dutch batsmen did not perform up to their potential and in fact panicked when they went to the crease and could not establish a respectable score.
Borren was one of the four batsmen who were run out during the innings, which had a very negative impact on the outcome of the game for the Dutch. It’s always said that a Captain should lead from the front and should set an example for his team-mate. Borren was unable to do that during the match and was part of the batting line-up collapse that broke the Netherlands back.
On the other hand, the match was very important for the survival of the Bangladesh team in the tournament, losing the match meant they would have easily been kicked out of the event. This did not deter the Bengal Tigers and they played an excellent match and outclassed their opponents in all parts of the game.
The Netherland won the toss and elected to bat on a placid wicket, which was full of runs, they started off cautiously and the openers took the score to 28 runs before they lost Wesley Barresi at 9.1 overs. The next wicket contributed just nine runs, Tom Cooper joined Eric Szwarczynski at the crease and steadied the innings when the drama started. Szwarczynski was the first one who ran himself out after playing a patient knock of 28 runs scored in 87 balls followed by Cooper who was also out in the same manner for 29 runs.
Four of the top line batsmen were gone for 79 runs in 25.1 overs while Ryan ten Doeschate was keeping his end secure. He had a reasonable partnership of 34 runs with Alexei Kervezee for the fifth wicket before the later went left him at a score of 113 runs. ten Doeschate was the only one who gave the impression of a solid batsman as the wickets kept tumbling at the other end. He remained unbeaten on 53 runs while three out of five batsmen went for a duck, the other two could not get into the double digits and two of them were run out.
Abdur Razzak was the main wicket taker for Bangladesh with three scalps to his name while three other bowlers came out with a wicket each. Bangladesh chased the target easily in 41.2 overs with splendid batting from Imrul Kayes who remained unbeaten on 73 runs as Shahriar Nafees scored 37 runs and Junaid Siddique contributed 35 runs. Bangladesh won the match by six wickets and kept their chances alive for the quarter finals as they have yet to play a game against South Africa on 19th of March.
The Netherlands have appeared in five games in the tournament, losing all of them and they are currently at the bottom of the table in group B. They will play their last pool match on 18th March against the formidable Irish team who has shown class and courage by beating England.
Borren has appeared in all five matches played by the Duthch team and has scored 89 runs at an average of 22.25 runs with the best of 38 runs and has claimed two wickets. His performances have been mediocre so far, to say the least. He must lead his men from the front and should come out with his best against Ireland and win the one and only match for his nation to gain lost pride.

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