Holland pulled off a surprise by defeating hosts England in the first fixture of the Twenty20 World Cup 2009 at Lords. Winning the toss, the Dutch chose to field. The English team got off to a decent start due to some mediocre bowling performance from the Dutch bowlers.
Ravi Bopara came up with some powerful drives and boundaries and the side reached a hundred without losing a wicket. However, they could not maintain the momentum, and once Bopara and Wright, the two openers, departed a sort of vacuum was created.
The English side dearly missed Kevin Pietersen and the same reflected in their side’s batting performance which lacked powerful hitters who could clear the fence with regularity and ease.
The openers did the bulk of the scoring for the English side and the side managed 162 on the board for the loss of five wickets in the stipulated twenty overs. The Dutch chased the total set by England and were helped in the process by some shoddy fielding by the English players that saw run-out chances go begging and sloppy overall fielding.
The Dutch batsmen showed fighting spirit and the match went down to the last ball which went for overthrows and led the side to victory. For the Dutch, it was Growth who did the bulk of the scoring with six hits to the fence and a big six!
This loss would have sent a cold chill down the English side’s spine. The loss would be a wake-up call for the side which despite having heavyweights like Collingwood, Owais Shah, and Anderson failed to impress its fans!