Doeschate’s batting stunned the English at least in the first half of the match in which the Dutch put up an impressive 292 on the board.
Doeschate said if the Oranje brigade can carry the momentum in the coming matches, the team might just score the big upset which happens almost every World Cup.
“If we can carry on in that manner, playing brave cricket and having a go at these big teams it will be a great World Cup for us,” Doeschate said after the match.
The 30-year-old, the lone associate country cricketer to fetch an IPL contract, said it was just “one of those days” as far as his own performance was concerned.
“For the past six weeks I’ve struggled with the bat but I’ve worked really hard in the last two weeks and it was just one of those days,” said Doeschate.
“It is a really good deck and I picked up the ball pretty early and it was one of those days when everything came naturally.”
Doeschate said the Dutch exceeded their own expectations by posting the rather challenging target for the English.
“I always thought it was a really good wicket and I thought 230/240 definitely wouldn’t be competitive so we knew we needed to push it on but I think as a unit we paced the innings quite well. We were aiming around the 270 mark,” he said.