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Less then six years after creating Twenty20 cricket the ECB will host the world biggest players as the Twenty20 World Cup gets under way at Lords in just over an hour.

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The hosts England open the ICC World Twenty20 against Netherlands at Lord's. England head into this tournament without star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff. However, Ravi Bopara's form and Kevin Pietersen's recent outings in the middle are encouraging signs for the English side. With home conditions on offer, the bowling line-up consisting the likes of Stuart Broad and James Anderson would hope to get amongst the wickets. Never having won a major ODI tournament, England would look for a convincing win to start their campaign. 

Netherlands: The Dutch have the services of the talented all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who impressed all with his show during the Intercontinental cup. Another star in the line-up is the left-arm pacer Dirk Nannes who made his mark in the IPL 2009 with his impeccable line and length, forcing Delhi to leave out the experienced McGrath from the side. The minnows would hope for a good show from the duo as they attempt an upset against England.

15.40 The drizzle is coming down a bit quicker again. The umpires have just come out and had a look before return to the Pavilion. The rain isn't a serious problem yet. With the superb drainage at Lords we should be ok.

15.33 It's getting a bit brighter around St Johns Wood. There's still a bit of drizzle in the air but it as got noticeably brighter in the last 5 minutes. The umbrellas in the Compton Stand are starting to be taken down. The conditions are not that bad because some of the Dutch players have come back out and are warming up.

15.24 It's still raining and the bowlers runs up are now being covered as well, its not looking great at the moment. But once the rain as cleared we should be all systems go.

15.12 The covers have just gone on and there is one or two umbrellas going up in the Compton Stand. The word is it will be a light shower passing by and it should be out of St Johns Wood in about 20 minutes. Its not that serious.

15.05 Lets get straight into the details, the game will start at 17.30, before that gets under way we will witness the opening ceremony at 16.40. Its been a strange day in London, the sun has been shining all week in the capital but today its overcast with drizzle in the air. Its strangely reminiscent of the opening day of the 1999 World Cup.

15.00 Good afternoon and welcome to cricket20's coverage of the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup. We are at Lords today to see hosts England take on ICC CWC Qualifier the Netherlands. We are still two and half hours away from the start of the game but the good news is that Lords is dry. There was rain showers this morning but despite it be overcast the chances of rain are low.

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