Netherland crushed the hosts United Arab Emirates by 8 wickets in the first play-off match played at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai on Tuesday.
United Arab Emirates captain Ahmed Raza won the toss and decided to bat first. It was not an ideal start as Rohan Mustafa played a poor stroke dismissed by Klaassen in the very first over. Van Meekeren bowled with good line and length which put the UAE batsmen under pressure dismissed Rameez Shahzad and inform Muhmmad Usman to leave the hosts in tatters at 3 for 3. Glover created more pressure on UAE getting wickets of D Silva and Zawar Farid to make matter worst for the hosts. At the end of 6 overs, UAE were tottering at 14 for 5.
Waheed Ahmed and Mohammad Boota tried to steady the UAE innings taking singles and hitting occasional boundaries. Glover struck twice getting wickets of Ahmed and Boota in the same over. Ahmed and Boota added 35 runs for the 6th wicket. Ahmed Raza and Sultan Ahmed played some lovely strokes which helped the host reach above 50. Both UAE batsmen added 34 runs for the 9th wicket. At the end of 20 overs, UAE scored just 80 for 9. Ahmed Raza was the top scorer for UAE with 22. Glover was outstanding with the ball with figures of 4 for 12 in 4 overs, Van der Gugten and Meekeren took 2 wickets each, Klaassen 1 wicket.
Chasing down the paltry total of 81 runs to win, Netherlands lost an early Max O’Dowd for 5 runs by a beauty from Rohan Mustafa. Ben Cooper and Colin Ackermann played with caution taking the Dutch to 37 for 1.
After the power play over, Cooper and Ackermann continued their steady approach without any pressure from UAE bowlers. Zahoor Khan got the 2nd wicket for UAE dismissing Ackermann trying to uppercut the ball. Cooper and Ackermann added 51 runs for the 2nd wicket. Ben Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate finished the job for Netherlands winning it easily by 8 wickets with 29 balls to spare.
Netherlands became the third team after Ireland and Papua New Guinea to qualify for the World T20 2020 to be played in Australia.
Netherlands 81 for 2 in 15.1 overs (Ben Cooper 41*, Zahoor Khan 1/12) beat UAE 80 for 9 in 20 overs ( Ahmed Raza 22, Waheed Ahmed 19, Brendon Glover 4/19, Timm Van der Gugten 2/10) by 8 wickets.
For his brilliant spell of 4 for 19 in 4 overs, Brandon Glover was named the man of the match. Oman will take on Namibia in the 2nd match today.