After Tamim Iqbal’s smashing unbeaten 83, Bangladeshi bowlers on Wednesday secured their first victory against against Netherlands in their first match of ICC T20 World Cup qualifying match at Dharmashala in Himachal of India on Wednesday.
Tamim Iqbal declared man of the match for his unbeaten 83 off 58 adorned with six fours and three sixes.
Dutch openers Stephan Myburgh and Wesley Barresi started slow and steady to chase 154-run target set by Bangladesh. They tried to build a big partnership but failed.
Al-Amin Hossain gave his side their first breakthrough in the fifth over when he sent back Netherlands opener Barresi for nine runs.
Barresi pulled a short ball from Al-Amin straight down Sabbir Rahman’s throat at deep square leg. Netherlands lost their first wicket on 21 runs on board.
Later, Nasir Hossain bowled Myburgh out in 9th over on 53 runs in his first ball of the over.
In an intelligently delivered flat ball, Nasir pulled back the length on it, skided on and beats Myburgh’s sweep to rattle into the stumps.
Later on 12th over, Shakib bowled BN Cooper’s out and Dutch lost their third wicket on 77 runs on board.
Cooper missed the slog sweep of a tossed up delivery by Shakib and the ball spin to clatter into middle and leg.
Borren was the second victim of Shakib in the last ball of the 16th over. Dutch score stood on 112 for 4.
Borren launched the sweep on Shakib’s low delivery, the ball balloons up and Nasir runs around and took the catch. Nasir dropped Borren just in the previous ball.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza returned Re van der Merwe in the 17th over in a srortish delivery. Merwe got high on his toes to try and force it through the off side but the ball takes a feather off the outside edge and Rahim gleefully caught.
Mortaza was proved as the most economy bowlers picking up one wicket for 14 runs in his stipulated 4-over spell.
Al Amin made TLW Cooper his second prey in the 19th over. Cooper backed away and lobbed the reverse paddle to short third man on a slower legcutter on middle, Arafat Sunny run around and made easy catch.
However, the Dutches took 16 in the 19th over bowled by Al-Amin Hossain to set a tense finish, but Taskin Ahmed held his nerve to contain the opponent lower order to ensure the Tigers escaped suffer an upset.
In the last over, Mudassar Bukhari, who tried to slog the balls, got run out. Swiping yorker from Taskin Ahmed to long-on, Bukhari laboured through for the second to respond Seelaar’s call and was run-out by a mile as the fielder released the ball quickly after a good fielding there.
At last Netherlands were 9 run short to cross the target and defeated by eight runs.
Earlier, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal smashed an unbeaten 83 off just 58 deliveries as Bangladesh began their ICC World T20 Qualifiers campaign on Wednesday.
Fellow opener Soumya Rahman (15) was off to a good start, so did one-down Sabbir Rahman (15), but both lost footing soon.
It was another bad day in the office for big names Shakib Al Hasan (5) and Mushfiqur Rahim (0) while in-form Mahmudulla’s failure to make more than 10 meant the Tigers could only manage a good total, but not a big one.
T van der Gugten was the most successful bowler for Netherlands as he bagged three wickets, including the rare feat of getting both Mushfiq and Mahmudullah bowled in the same over. PA van Meekeren grabbed a brace.
Netherlands captain asked Bangladesh to bat first as he won the toss earlier in the day.