On this day in 2014: Netherlands create history by chasing 190 in just 13.5 overs

Ireland had scored 189/4 in their allotted 20 overs in a league-stage match of the 2014 World Cup against the Netherlands. The Netherlands outfit needed to chase down a target of 190 for a win, and they needed to score at a challenging pace of 9.50 runs per over.

But then, what ensued in the Netherlands innings was absolute carnage that completely shattered the Irish side. The Netherlands willow wielders came out all guns blazing, and chased down the target in just 13.5 overs.

The incredible effort

The Netherlands side won the toss and decided to field first. Skipper William Porterfield scored a 32-ball 47 at the top of the order for the Irish side. After Porterfield’s classy knock, the likes of Andrew Poynter and Kevin O’Brien tore apart Netherlands’ bowling attack. While Poynter scored a scintillating 57 off just 38 deliveries, O’Brien smashed a 16-ball 42* as Ireland posted a total of 189 runs on the board.

But then, the Netherlands batsmen were not intimidated by the gargantuan target. In fact, by the time the first Netherland batsman walked back to the pavilion, the match was in the bag for the Peter Borren-led side. The Netherland openers, Borren and Stephan Myburgh put on a marauding stand of 91 runs off the first 6 overs as Ireland did not know what hit them.

Wesley Barresi came in at No.3 and continued the carnage. The right-hander scored a whirlwind 40* off just 22 deliveries, while Myburgh continued to rip apart the bowlers at the other end. Tom Cooper applied the finishing touches for his side, and scored a 15-ball 45, as the Netherlands crushed Ireland with 6 wickets to spare. In fact, such was the carnage from the willow of the Netherland batsmen, that 5 out of the 6 bowlers who rolled their arms over for the Irish side went at an economy rate of more than 10 runs an over.

Myburgh was awarded the Man of the Match award for his 23-ball 63 at the top of the order.