Calcutta/Dhaka: The Netherlands dished out a brutal exhibition of power hitting to pull off a stunning six-wicket win over Ireland and qualify for the Super 10 stage of the World T20, in Sylhet , on Friday.
Netherlands needed to achieve the formidable target of 190 in 14.2 overs to vault from No. 3 to No. 1 in Group B on net run-rate. It meant that the batsmen needed to be overtly-aggressive from the start.
Leading the charge was top-scorer and Man of the Match Stephan Myburgh. The left-handed batsman smashed 63 off a mere 23 balls .
During the course of his knock, Myburgh raced to his fifty off just 17 balls, the third fastest in T20 Internationals.
Wesley Barresi remained unbeaten on 40 of a brisk 22-ball after Tom Cooper hammered his way to 45 off just 15 balls.
The Netherlands, in the end, completed the task with 37 balls to spare. They finished the qualifying round on four points, the same as Zimbabwe and Ireland.
But they had a better net run rate of +1.109 compared to Zimbabwe’s +0.957 and Ireland’s -0.701.
The Netherlands batsmen hit a staggering world record 19 sixes in their chase. This is also the highest score by any team after 13.5 overs.
The Netherlands now joins Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and New Zealand in Group 1.