Ten Doeschate crestfallen at defeat
Ryan ten Doeschate could not hide his disappointment at ending on the losing side despite his man-of-the-match performance for the Netherlands against England in Nagpur.
The Essex all-rounder underpinned his side’s 292 for six with a one-day international-best 119 and followed up with 2-47 in 10 overs
However, he could not prevent England from completing a six-wicket win with eight balls to spare in the World Cup Group B contest.
Ten Doeschate said: “It’s a massive disappointment. You could see it when we came off the field there. We genuinely thought we had a chance of defending 290 and at a lot of stages in the game we looked like doing that.
“I don’t think it was our best bowling performance and I think if we’d bowled well we would have won that game.”
Ten Doeschate’s innings occupied 110 balls and featured nine fours plus three sixes.
“I didn’t strike it all that well for the first 20 balls or so. But then, as does happen in cricket, I got into that zone and felt like I could hit every ball,” he added. “I guess those are the days where you’ve got to cash in and score some heavy runs.”
Ten Doeschate, however, took heart from coming so close to repeating the Netherlands’ shock victory in the opening match of the 2009 World Twenty20.
“It was pretty special for me. I just told all my team-mates we put up a really good performance today, something we can be really proud of in the first game of the World Cup,” he revealed.
The 30-year-old, who battled cramp towards the end of his innings, admitted: “I was a bit surprised that we batted when we won the toss to be honest. It caught me off guard so there wasn't too much planning.”
Netherlands captain Peter Borren was proud of his players but devastated they were unable to secure what would have been an historic victory.
He said: "292 was a good score. I thought it was competitive on a wicket that I felt, if we bowled good channels if we bowled straight, it wasn’t as easy as perhaps we made it look. I’m not sure we made them work as hard as we possibly could have for the runs.”
Of ten Doeschate’s ton, Borren added: “I thought he batted beautifully. He created the foundations for the rest of us to kind of work around. You know, 290’s a good score. We struggled obviously defending it. Credit to them, they played well.”