LONDON: The Twenty20 World Cup got off to a stuttering start on Friday, as England posted 162 for five against the Netherlands after rain delayed the beginning of the opening match.

Luke Wright struck 71 off 49 balls and Ravi Bopara 46 off 34, but the Dutch produced a respectable display in the field at Lord’s.

Rain forced the opening ceremony to be abandoned and the start delayed by 20 minutes before Netherlands captain Jeroen Smits won the toss and decided to field in damp, murky conditions.

The decision initially backfired as Bopara and Wright put on 102 for the first wicket.

However, England’s other batsmen struggled to hit boundaries. — AP

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