Nagpur: What a game of cricket it was, none thought Holland would ever put up a big total as they did, none thought England would take so long to get it as they registered a not-so-easy win by six wickets over the Dutch.

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Even though, the men in orange lost out on a close fought game but they certainly gave England a stiff resistance before being overpowered.

Chasing a solid target of 293, England batsman were made to work hard by a determined Dutchmen who were finally done in due to lack of big match temperament as Paul Collingwood and Ravi Bopara added a crucial 55 runs for the fifth wicket to win the match with eight balls to spare.

But no one can take the praise away from Ten Doeschate (119 and two for 47) who almost single- handedly threatened to take the game away from the Englishmen.

After their bowlers leaked runs, England openers started the chase in right earnest as skipper Andrew Strauss (88, 83 balls, 9x4) played an uncharacteristic innings while Kevin Pietersen (39, 61 balls, 5x4) looked scratchy in between some good shots. It was Strauss who made full use of the fielding restrictions as England scored 100 runs in 17 overs.

Strauss scored his 27th ODI half century off only 34 balls with the help of nine boundaries. Pietersen was the first to go when he drove uppishly off left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar to skipper Peter Borren at short cover.

Strauss and Jonathan Trott (62, 65 balls, 4x4) then strengthened the innings for the second wicket adding 61 runs. Strauss who looked good for sixth ODI century then mistimed a pull shot off Mudassar Bukhari`s bowling to Tom Cooper stationed at square leg.

Trott and Ian Bell (33) didn`t take too many chances in the middle overs as they were more intent on taking the singles and two’s hitting the odd boundaries in between. They added 58 runs in 10.5 overs.

Ten Doeschate once again did it for his team as he struck at the start of the batting Powerplays with Wesley Barresi effecting a brilliant stumping to send back Trott.

Ryan ten Doeschate: Wagon wheel

If that wasn`t enough, he cleaned up Bell in the 43rd over to get his second victim. But Bopara and Collingwood then ensured there was no further collapse and helped England script the third successful runchase in World Cup history.

Earlier, Ten Doeschate played the innings of his life as his superb century helped the Netherlands reach a challenging score of 292 for six in 50 overs.



Andrew Strauss(capt), Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson


Alexei Kervezee, Wesley Barresi, Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Bas Zuiderent, Tom de Grooth, Peter Borren (captain), Mudassar Bukhari, Pieter Seelaar, Bernard Loots, Berend Westdijk.





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