England sneak home against Dutch

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Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 13:08 [IST]
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England sneak home against Dutch

Nagpur, Feb 22: In the 5th match of the World Cup 2011, England managed to overhaul the stiff target of 292 set by the Dutch, getting home with 6 wickets and just 8 wickets to spare. English captain Andrew Strauss led the chase with a pacy 88, before Jonathan Trott (62) and Ian Bell (33) took the innings forward, before Collingwood (30) and Bopara (30) finished proceedings off, handing England a fairly tightly-fought victory.

Strauss got England off to a flying start, knocking three fours off paceman Mudassar Bukhari in the first over, while Pietersen flayed Bernard Westdijk through the covers for another boundary in the second. Strauss then looted Bernard Loots for a four in the 11th over, before smacking Westdijk for two more boundaries in the next over.

In the 4th over, Pietersen again got Westdijk away for two more fours, one square on the leg side and one, past point. England had raced to 32/0 in 4 overs. The fours kept coming fairly frequently, as the English moved past 50 in the 9th over.

Just as England reached 100 in the 18th over, Pietersen drove the off-spinner Pieter Seelaar straight into the hands of Borren at cover. The batsman was on his way for 39 off 61 balls, with Jonathan Trott the new man at the crease.

Strauss and Trott settled into a comfortable partnership, picking the Ducth bowlers for ones and twos till in the 28th over, Trott clobbered Tom Cooper for two fours to take England past 150. But just two overs later, there was some respite for the Dutchmen when Strauss was caught by Cooper off Bukhari for 88 off 83 balls. England had slipped to 165/2 in 29.2 overs, but were still looking in a strong position.

In the 37th over, Trott took a single off Loots to bring up England's 200. England at that stage required 93 from 78 balls with 8 wickets in hand. But there seemed like there would be a twist in the tail when in the space of three overs, ten Doeschate's medium pace removed Trott for 62 off 65 and then Ian Bell for 33 off 40 balls. England were in a spot of bother at 241/4 in 43 overs.

Paul Collingwood and Ravi Bopara were left with the task of taking England home, with the side requiring 52 off 42 balls. Collingwood was equal to the task, smashing a flurry of boundaries before Bopara got into the act in the penultimate over. He hit a six and two consecutive fours off Loots to win the match for England by 6 wickets.

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