First-ever victory for Bangladesh in the 2nd round of a T20 World cup as they seal a close 9-run win against the Netherlands. A brilliant comeback from the Bangladesh bowlers after they failed to deposit a strong total on the board in the first innings gave them their first points in the Super 12 table.
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The Netherlands side won the toss and decided to send the Bangla tigers in to bat first. The Bangla openers got their best start of the year adding 43 runs in no time when they lost their opener, Soumya Sarkar, for a run-a-ball 14 in the final over of the powerplay.
Najmul Hossain Shanto (25) followed in the next over as wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals. Top scorer Afif Hossain (38 off 27) added 44 runs for the sixth wicket with Nurul Hasan who lost his wicket in trying to up the ante.
Previously, the skipper Shakib Al Hasan looked in some trouble in the middle scoring just 7 off 9 deliveries getting out to the 19-year old Shariz Ahmad who got his first wicket of his World Cup career, playing in his first game of the contest.
Paul van Meekeren was the pick of the bowlers picking up a couple of wickets for 21 runs, Bas de Leede (2-29), Logan van Beek (1-12), Tim Pringle (1-10), Fred Klaassen (1-33) and Shariz (1-27) chipped in with wickets. Colin Ackermann was the only bowler to go wicketless as he bowled only 1 over conceding only 4 off it in the powerplay.
The rain gods troubled the game for a while but there was no damage done as it was a passing shower that reduced just 5 minutes for the game but there is more rain predicted as we move forward in the day. It will be a good second innings as the Dutch batting order look to demolish the total.
An excellent spell of fast bowling from Taskin Ahmed (4/25) followed by a magnificent spell from Hasan Mahmud (4-1-15-2) put the Bangla tigers up in this rain-hit clash. Though no overs were reduced due to rain, the game was halted on multiple occasions across both innings for a short time.
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Colin Ackermann’s half-century (62 off 48) was the only positive for the Netherlands in a poor batting effort where every batter played poor strokes and threw their wicket away with Taskin taking 2 wickets on the very first couple of balls of the innings.
Some big heaves from Paul van Meekeren, the no.11 batter put Netherlands in action as they needed 12 off 2 deliveries but he failed to hit any other six and was the last man out scoring 24 off 14 deliveries with 3 fours and a six.