England cut it very fine against the Netherlands this afternoon in Nagpur, chasing down the Netherlands total with six wickets in hand and eight balls to spare. After Netherlands set 292 thanks to a huge innings of 119 from Essex all-rounder Ryan ten-Doeschate. The victory marks the third highest successful run chase in World Cup history.
The England innings started with a quick burst from openers Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen putting on 105 runs off of the first 17 overs, before Pietersen was dismissed for 39. Strauss continued on before being removed by opening bowler Bukhari for 88. Warwickshire batsmen Trott and Bell added 62 and 33 respectively before senior man Paul Collingwood and Ravi Bopara saw the innings home adding 30 runs each.
Overall a very poor performance, only saved by a great effort from the top order batsmen. There is plenty of room to improve for the England team, with only Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan providing any form of stability for the bowling attack. The fielding is nothing like what was seen in the Ashes Series Down Under, with sloppy mistakes costing both wickets and runs in the field.
Where do England go from here? The inclusion of Michael Yardy back into the side may be necessary. I’m sure head coach Andy Flower will have plans for the remainder of the tournament.
Take nothing away from the Netherlands there batting performance was sensational, but England were under-par and need to improve before playing tournament favourites India in Calcutta on Sunday.