From the ICC T20 - Day 4 - Afghanistan v Netherlands

3.07 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Taj Malik says, "We want UAE to win against Ireland. And then we to beat UAE and then Ireland to beat Netherlands. And then Afghanistan will go through" (wins from the Group stage being carried forward to the Super 4s).
2.58 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Netherlands win by 4 wickets. Good, solid cricket from them with occasional moments of flair. Afghanistan were 10-15 runs short when batting.

Big hush from the one-time so noisy crowd but they give the Dutchmen a generous hand as they walk beneath them. "You win, you win, you win. Thank you, now go home," says one wag in the crowd through his megaphone.

The Dutch win throws the Super 4s open, though if UAE beat Ireland in the next match, they will be the first team to go through to the Final and that much-coveted spot in the World Twenty20 in the West Indies.
2.56 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Ten Doeschate gives a chance! But Shahpour fluffs it. Two wanted now.
2.56 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Three runs wanted, two overs to get them in. It's going to take a Hamid Hassan hat-trick.
2.48 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Hamid bowls Buurman with his last delivery of the over and Netherlands now 6 down, needing 11 to win off the last three overs. Assistant coach Taj Malik on his feet shouting out to the players in front of him.
2.48 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Raees Ahmadzai makes something happen! A direct throw from mid-off has the Dutch captain Borren run-out by a yard and Afghanistan sense a posibility. Hamid runs in, the crowd aroused, Ten DOeschate clips down to 3rd man for 4. Netherlands now 117 for 5 with 19 balls to go, needing 12.
2.43 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands After five singles off Hamid's last over, Nabi strikes with the first ball of the 16th. Netherlands now 109 for 4, needing 20 off 29. Can Afghanistan do it?
2.38 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Looks like the game's going Netherland's way. They need 25 with six overs to go, seven wickets in hand.
The Afghans won't give up to the last, but it's going to be hard to stop the Netherlands who are not taking any risks at all.

Afghan fans are awfully quiet now.
2.31 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Hamid Hassan comes on.
2.29 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands It produced a wicket, but it was also expensive, Sami's third over goes for 16 courtesy of five wides and a 6 to Van Bunge.
Netherlands now need 39 off the last 8 overs.
2.24 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands And the Afghans erupt when Sami Shenwari bowls Baz Zuiderent with the first ball of the 12th over! His team-mates embrace him, Afghanistan sniff a real chance.
2.23 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands And they do, Nabi catches Swarczynsi off his own bowling. Netherlands 74 for 2 after 11, needing 55 off 54.

Crowd is relatively quiet, about 200 Afghans and 20 Dutch supporters in the ground.
2.20 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands At the halfway stage Netherlands are 70 for 1, needing 59 off 60. It's all about the Afghan bowlers now. They're going to have to arm-wrestle themselves back into the game.
2.14 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Kervezee falls in Nabi's first over, bowled round his legs and Afghanistan have the breakthrough. Netherlands 64 for 1 in the 9th over.
2.02 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Netherlands need 92 off 90. 10 wickets in hand. Afghanistan will almost certainly need to take all of those wickets. Starting with Kervezee.
1.54 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Alex Kervezee's playing well for Holland, looks to have plenty of time to play his shots and has taken three 4s of Shahpour's second over. Netherlands 28 for 3 off 3 overs.
1.44 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Eventful first over! A boundary, a dropped chance and a play and a miss off Shahpour Zadran. Netherlands 7 for 0.
1.20 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Mirwais hits a 6 beyond long on a couple of balls later and Afghanistan take 11 off the last over to finish on 128 for 9. Just five 4s and three 6s in that total.

Holland did well in the field and Afghanistan may just be 10 runs short, but they are a better bowling side than batting and they have all the motivation in the world. It's going to be one intense hour and a quarter when Holland bat!
1.19 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands The 25-run partnership off 15 balls ends at the start of the 20th over as Sami is run out looking for 2. Hamid Hassan goes in. Last time he batted in a T20 for Afghanistan he hit 10 off two deliveries to win a match.
1.17 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Mirwais the star! Lofts a 6 over long-off to finish the 19th over and Afghanistan are 117 for 7. The crowd are banging their drums and cheering mightily!
1.06 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Sami hits the first boundary in 32 balls right after Sahafiq is caught at deep midwicket. Afghanistan finish the 17th over on 98 for 7. Much quieter Afghans now...
1.03 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Afghanistan's running between the wickets has been fraught. Noor Ali falls for 18 off 25. Two youngsters, hard-hitters, Shafiq and Sami Shenwari with a lot to do. Could make a big name for themselves here Afghanistan 87 for 6 in the 16th over. A big finish will see them have the momentum. Holland playing steady, smothering cricket. No Afghan boundaries since the 12th over.
12.55 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Partnership building here between Raees Ahmadzai and Noor Ali, 31 off 38 deliveries for the 5th wicket. Only one boundary in it though. Afghanistan 82 for 4 after 14 overs.

One section of the upper stand almost completely filled by Afghan fans, who are still streaming in. Must be close to 2000 now.
12.47 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Afghanistan consolidating with singles. Four in a row to finish the Borren over and Afghanistan are 71 for 4 after 12.
12.41 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Noor Ali survives a high swirling chance to fine leg and the fans cheer, Afghanistan 59 for 4 after 10 overs.
12.33 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Shahzad turns blind, as does Raees only to see a throw from deep stop any chance of a second. Raees turns back, Shahzad keeps going and with both at the same end, Peter Borren can just take off the bails at the bowler's end with all the time in the world. Afghanistan 51 for 4 in the 8th over and plenty to do.
12.31 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands About 1500 Afghan fans are in and they erupt as Mohammad Shahzad drives Pieter Seelar's slow left-arm over deep mid-off for 6. Afghanistan 47 for 3 after 7 overs.
12.22 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Nabi's out! Huge blow to the Afghan cause. Afghanistan 31 for 2 at the start of the 6th over. Raees Ahmadzai their maturest campaigner goes out to bat. Has been in good form so far.
12.15 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands QED: The first time Karim lifts the ball, he's caught. Nowroz falls three balls too, to a Mark Jonkman inswinger and The Netherlands are suddenly back in it. Afghanistan 31 for 2 in the fifth over.
12.14 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Anyone who doubted the maturity and competence of Afghanistan's batsmen - well their doubts have been proved wrong. Karim and Nowroz playing very sensibly on a slow wicket, looking for timing and the gaps primarily. Anything loose gets the treatment too of course. Afghanistan 30 for 0 after 4 overs. It's the start they'e been looking for.
12.08 PM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Good positive start by Karim and Nowroz. They're keeping the ball on the ground as they work it into the gaps at better than a run a ball. Afghanistan 17 for 0 after 2 overs.
11.51 AM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands The weekend Afghan fans are here in force today, more than at this time yesterday against America. There are 400 already, with a high energy level and plenty of amplification. Pictures of President Karzai are in evidence, every brandishment receiving a roar of approval.

Fans still streaming in.

Afghanistan's coach Kabir Khan looks as relaxed as ever. New openers today for Afghanistan Nowroz Mangal and Karim Sadiq, both have just underperformed slightly with the bat so far, maybe they'll click today...
11.35 AM, Dubai Afghanistan v Netherlands Netherlands have won the toss and have asked Afghanistan to bat. Strange move, because Holland haven't been in the best form with the ball, and Afghanistan have three times so far defended scores below 140. So if Afghanistan can play to their potential with the bat, then the bowlers should be able to do what's necessary.

All set up. Afghan and Dutch players a little quiet in their warm-ups, not quite the energy and fizz of other days. All but two Dutchmen have left the practise area. The Afghans are doing some batting drills at the far end of this spectacular stadium.
11.05 AM, Dubai: Afghanistan v Netherlands Super 4 Afghanistan are on the turf at Dubai International Cricket Stadium and in their usual pre-game huddle. Arms all around each other, prepping themselves up, psyching themselves up for the big match against Netherlands in just under an hours' time. "It's the biggest match of our lives," says Mohammad Shahzad their ebullient wicket-keeper. This Super 4 group match is a virtual semi-final for them, and if Afghanistan win they will be booking their tickets to the Caribbean for the ICC World Twenty20 at the end of April.

They've come a long way in six years, can they go even further in the next four?