The 2011 World Cup had it's first really competitive match today as England rallied to beat the Netherlands in the 49th over 296-292 with 8 balls remaining. The Netherlands got a monster performance from Ryan ten Doeschate who turned in a century with 119 runs off 110 balls including 9 fours and 3 sixes. He also bowled 10 overs conceding just 47 runs and picking up a pair of wickets. England would battle back though with each of their top six batsman scoring at least 30 runs led by captain Andrew Strauss's 88 runs on 83 balls. In the end it was Ravi Bopara who decided the match though picking up 16 runs on his final 4 swings in the 49th over to seal the victory. With the win England moves into a tie with India atop Group B with 2 points. The two teams will face off against one another on Sunday. Ten Doeschate took the man of the match honors despite playing for the losing side.
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