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This is a special win: Smits

cricket Updated: Jun 06, 2009 10:00 IST
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The Netherlands skipper Jeroen Smits described as "unbelievable" and "special" their sensational victory over host England in the opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup in London on Saturday.

The Dutch side beat England by four wickets in match that went down to wire.

"It is unbelievable. Something special. I think I can sleep well tonight. We fought back quite well. We had some luck and deserved to win. We were cautious in the start but always ahead on Duckworth-Lewis method. We did well."

"We are now looking to play in the finals," Smits said after the match.

Rival skipper Paul Collingwood was also effusive in his praise for the Holland team.

"Congratulations to Holland. We did not have enough runs there. They played exceptional game. It is a major performance. We looked at 170-180, unfortunately they batted well. They were better than us today," he said.

"We had a lot chances and run outs but we did not do it. That's fine line between win and lose. There was bit of rain around but I don't want to put any excuse. We have a major game against Pakistan...We want to go and play well," he said.

Man of the Match Tom de Grooth for his brilliant 49 was also elated after win.

"We played to our ability. We wanted to beat a big nation and we have done that," Grooth said.