CHITTAGONG - The Netherlands humiliated 2010 champions England by 45 runs at the World Twenty20 in Chittagong on Monday, rounding off a wretched winter for the English side that included a 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia. Paceman Mudassar Bukhari took three wickets for 12 runs while Logan van Beek finished with three for nine to bowl England out for a paltry 88 in 17.4 overs, after they were set a modest target of 134 to chase in their last group one Super-10 match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
England captain Stuart Broad said there were "no excuses" for the defeat. "It sums up our winter. It was similar to the sort of batting we put in after losing the Ashes," he said. "A very disorganised chase. The bowling and fielding was okay but we lacked application with the bat, no-one took responsibility. No excuses." England, who chased 190 to beat Sri Lanka in their only win in the tournament, never looked comfortable, despite the inexperienced Dutch bowling.
Ravi Bopara (18), Chris Jordan (14) and Alex Hales (12) were the only batsmen who reached double figures in an otherwise disappointing batting display. Bukhari jolted England with two early wickets -- Michael Lumb (six) and Hales by the fifth over -- before dismissing Broad (four) to help his team repeat their upset win over England in the opening round of the 2009 World Twenty20, held in England.
Van Beek then came into his own, dismissing Jos Buttler (six), Bopara and Jordan in his short two-over spell. Dutch captain Peter Borren was delighted at the winning finish. "It's a nice way to end the tournament," said Borren. "We've shown the cricket world we can play. We're here representing all the Associates and with our performances shown the strength of Associate cricket. "To see us play some smart cricket, I'm really proud. We've played a bit of 40-over cricket against these guys before and that gave us some confidence."
Earlier, it seemed as if England had clawed Netherlands back to a manageable total after a bright start. Stephan Myburgh and Wesley Barresi put on 50 for the second wicket in 43 balls, with Stephen Parry, playing in place of the much-derided Jade Dernbach, punished for 23 off his two overs. The fielding lapses that have marred England's winter were prevalent once again.
Michael Lumb, mistiming his leap, was unable to cling on to a pull stroke by Barresi on 8 off Parry's first delivery - a long-hop - and instead of catching it, tipped the ball for six. Tom Cooper, on 4, was badly dropped by Alex Hales, while Peter Borren might have been run-out had Buttler not dislodged the bails with his elbow before collecting the ball.
But, having made 84 from the first 11 overs, Netherlands scored only 49 from their final nine as Ravi Bopara, in particular, bowled with excellent control and variation. Only 27 came from the final five overs and it seemed they had squandered their fine platform.
Bopara, who conceded just 15 in his four overs, dismissed Myburgh in the 12th over, while Broad had Michael Swart (13), Tom Cooper (eight) and Borren (seven) to give England hopes of finishing the tournament with a win.
It proved to be more than enough, though. England's run-chase never gained any momentum. Nobody took responsibility for their chase, no-one had the composure for the job at hand. Complacency is one potential excuse, but how a team that has been thrashed all winter can be find room for complacency is hard to say.
Either way, while the result may prove a hammer blow to Giles' chances of gaining the England job his counterpart, Anton Roux, must have given himself an excellent chance of gaining the Netherlands job on a full time basis.
M Swart c Parry b Broad 13
S Myburgh c Hales b Bopara 39
W Barresi b Jordan 48
T Cooper c Jordan b Broad 8
P Borren c Parry b Broad 7
Mudassar Bukhari not out 1
B Cooper not out 0
EXTRAS: (b4, lb7, w6) 17
TOTAL: (5 wkts; 20 overs) 133
FOW: 1-34, 2-84, 3-110, 4-131, 5-131
BOWLING: Ali 1-0-13-0, Bresnan 2-0-11-0, Jordan 3-0-13-1, Broad 4-0-24-3, Tredwell 4-0-23-0, Parry 2-0-23-0, Bopara 4-0-15-1
A Hales b Bukhari 12
M Lumb c T Cooper b Bukhari 6
Moeen Ali c T Cooper b Borren 3
E Morgan c Borren b van der Gugten 6
J Buttler c Seelaar b van Beek 6
R Bopara c Seelaar b van Beek 18
T Bresnan run out 5
C Jordan c Swart b van Beek 14
S Broad c Barresi b Bukhari 4
J Tredwell run out 8
S Parry not out 1
EXTRAS: (lb2, w3) 5
TOTAL: (all out; 17.4 overs) 88
FOW: 1-18, 2-19, 3-26, 4-32, 5-42, 6-52, 7-74, 8-76, 9-86
BOWLING: Swart 1-0-8-0, van der Gugten 3-0-11-1, Bukhari 3.4-0-12-3, Malik 3-0-14-0, Borren 3-0-18-1, van Beek 2-0-9-3, Seelaar 2-0-14-0
UMPIRES: Steve Davis (AUS) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV UMPIRE: Aleem Dar (PAK)
MATCH REFEREE: David Boon (AUS)