SA pulverise Netherlands by 231 runs

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Published: Thursday, March 3, 2011, 17:03 [IST]
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An incisive performance from the South African spinners, backed up with some tight fast bowling, gave the Dutchmen no quarter as the latter side crumbled to a daunting 231-run loss. After some initial breakthroughs from Jacques Kallis (2/19), spin twins Robin Peterson (2/22) and Imran Tahir (3/19) took over. Dutch opener Wesley Barresi was the only batsman to offer any resistance, making 44 off 66 balls.

SA pulverise Netherlands by 231 runs

Chasing a mammoth 351/5, the Netherlands' innings surprisingly began on a positive note. Openers Alexei Kervezee and Barresi took their side to 26/0 in 5 overs. Then Jacques Kallis struck with his first ball to caught and bowl Kervezee for 10 off 18 balls.

In the 10th over Barresi came in for some luck when he top-edged a ball from Kallis to be dropped by Morne Morkel at mid on. But just two overs later, Kallis removed Tom Cooper for 9 off 21 balls and the Dutch were 46/2 in 11.5 overs.

In the 13th over, Barresi knocked a boundary off Morkel to bring up his side's 50. Bas Zuiderent appeared to be just finding his footing, slamming Peterson for a six in the 22nd over, but the bowler trapped him in front next ball and the Netherlands has slipped to 81/3 in 21.3 overs. Their worries were only compounded when in the next over J P Duminy had Barresi stumped for 44 off 66 balls.

As soon as the Dutch had reached a 100 in the 28th over, Dale Steyn trapped Ten Doeschate in front for 11 from 23 balls, reducing the opposition to 100/5. The last five wickets fell between the 32nd and 35th over for just 20 runs.

Captain Peter Borren was trapped lbw by Peterson for 3 while Tom de Grooth was run out for 12 and leg-spinner Imran Tahir polished off the tail with three quick wickets. Muddasar Bukhari was bowled while Bernard Loots and Berend Westdijk were removed through lbws. The Netherlands were all out for 120 in 34.5 overs

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