In a Round 1 group A encounter of the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday, Netherlands’ bottom middle order maintained composure to beat the United Arab Emirates by three wickets with one ball remaining. The UAE labored to reach 111 for 8 in 20 overs, but as the Netherlands were down to 76 for 6 by the 14th over before regaining their composure, the total began to seem threatening.

In the last over delivered by medium bowler Zawar Farid, it was Scott Edwards (16 not out) and Logan Van Beek (4 not out) who maintained their composure as the Netherlands scampered home for a single off the penultimate ball of the game to begin on a winning note. Junaid Siddique (3/24 in 4 overs), who was born in Pakistan, removed Tom Cooper (9) and Roelof van der Merwe, a former IPL player who was born in South Africa, in three deliveries to help UAE get back into the match. The son of former New Zealand seamer Chris Pringle, Tim Pringle (15), and Edwards, though, combined 27 runs in five overs to help the Netherlands side go closer to victory.

However, since there was little pressure from the scoreboard, Pringle and Edwards were able to rotate the strike with primarily singles and sporadic doubles throughout their seventh-wicket partnership. Before, when UAE batted, Muhammad Waseem stumbled to 41 off 47 balls, showing that they could never fully press the tempo. Dots received deliveries totaling more than 10 overs since all of the Dutch bowlers were accurate.

Bas de Leede, a pace bowler whose father Tim had competed for the Orange Brigade in the 1996 World Cup, was the best of the bowlers, finishing with 3/19 in 3 overs. Opening bowler Fred Klaassen (2/13) and Van der Merwe (1/19), a left-arm orthodox bowler with a slow delivery, also contributed to limiting the total.

UAE 111/8 (Muhammad Waseem 41, Bas de Leede 3/19, Roelof van der Merwe 1/19) are the quick scores. Netherlands 112/7 (Junaid Siddique 3/24, Scott Edwards 16, Tim Pringle 15).