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T20 World Cup, Group D (New York)

Netherlands 103-9 (20 overs): Engelbrecht 40; Bartman 4-11.

The Dutch posted a modest 103-9 after being invited to bat first as Sybrand Engelbrecht’s disciplined 40 off 45 balls helped them recover from 48-6. Ottniel Bartman bowled superbly, taking 4-11 for the Proteas, but the Netherlands restricted South Africa to 3-3 and then 12-4, giving the team a shock win. The Netherlands attack picked up two wickets towards the end of the game before Tristan Stubbs (33) and Miller steadied the ship for South Africa.

South Africa needed 15 runs from the final 12 balls, but Miller got the job done with an over to spare with some excellent deliveries.

He ensured the win with a thunderous shot to square leg off Bas de Leede and finished unbeaten on 59 off 51 balls.

The Dutch give the Proteas a big scare

The Netherlands have been South Africa’s biggest team in recent tournaments.

The Dutch’s victory over the Proteas in the last T20 World Cup at Adelaide Oval had ended South Africa’s semifinal hopes.

Then the Orange sprung another surprise in Dharamsala in last year’s 50-over edition, when they ended South Africa’s unbeaten run in the tournament. South Africa were desperate to avoid the embarrassment of defeat to the Associate nation, which has a small but passionate cricket community numbering around 6,000 active players.

There was certainly passion in the way the Proteas bowlers went about their job, bowling the right lengths while making excellent use of the short ball. Anrich Nortje (2-19) and Marco Jansen (2-20) supported the excellent Bartman. However, their deliveries were blocked by former South African Under-19 player Engelbrecht, who moved to the Netherlands to work in real estate, as he rescued his team from a difficult position. He hit only two fours and a six, but Logan van Beek’s useful 23 helped the Dutch team reach some kind of score. The ground was attended by people from all over the world over the weekend – there are reportedly 800 languages ​​spoken in New York – creating the best atmosphere ever at Eisenhower Park. Quinton de Kock’s untroubled run-out for a duck capped a flurry of wickets, after which none of the 14,167 spectators who had been cheering the Dutch players on returned to the stands, hawking pretzel, hot dog and bagel stalls.

Reeza Hendricks was bowled off a beautiful delivery from van Beek, Aiden Markram was caught down the leg side by the impressive Vivian Kingma (2-12), who then had Heinrich Klaasen caught out.

There must have been nervousness in the South African dressing room, but the combination of youth and experience outweighed the shortcomings of a sinking ship.

Stubbs had struggled in South Africa’s first match on this pitch, but played with a calm flow with Miller’s intelligent mind.

Paul van Meekeren’s four overs giving away only 13 runs kept the Dutch in the contest, before de Leede and van Beek dismissed Stubbs and Jansen.

Miller refused to take a single off the last ball of the 17th over and set himself to finish the job in the final over against de Leede. That’s what he did.

‘It’s a massive thing for us’ – what he said. There’s no mental block or anything and once a team gets a bit of momentum, especially the Netherlands, they make things quite difficult.

It shows that we are progressing as a team and dealing with these things better.

“It’s a massive thing for us. Wins aren’t always pretty and convincing but if you look at 12-4 there weren’t many people giving us a chance from there and it’s a massive thing for the team, the atmosphere and the confidence to win.” Netherlands captain Scott Edwards: “Obviously very close. With 110 on the board, just one over could change the game.

“We pride ourselves on playing good tournament cricket, but it just didn’t happen today.”