New Zealand defeated the Netherlands by six wickets in their ICC World Twenty20 Group 1 encounter at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Saturday. The New Zealanders won the toss and chose to field. The Dutch opening pair of Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart took then to 34/0 before Myburgh departed for 16.
Wesley Barresi was the next man in but only managed four runs. Skipper Peter Borren joined Swart at the crease and took their side to 61/2 before Swart (26) attempted to go big and was caught by Luke Ronchi. The big hitting Tom Cooper (40 not out) was the next man in and with his skipper took the Dutch to 121/3.
The skipper fell one short of his half century bringing in Ben Cooper (1 not out) to join his big brother at the crease with the Europeans on 141/4. The Cooper brothers led the Netherlands to a respectable 151/4 at the end of their 20 overs.
The Black Caps lost Martin Guptil (9) early on leaving them 14/1. Kane Williamson and captain Brendon McCullum took them to 52/1 before Williamson (29) nicked one to the wicketkeeper. Ross Taylor was the next man in but only managed 18 leaving the Kiwis on 88/2 requiring 64 more runs to win.
The skipper departed for 65 with his men needing 15 runs to win off 20 balls. Corey Anderson (20 not out) and Jimmy Neesham (7 not out) brought the men from the land of the long white cloud home, running out winners by six wickets with as many balls remaining. The man of the match award went to Brendon McCullum for his superb batting performance.