Bangladesh beat Netherlands by 6 wickets –
An outstanding all-round performance from the Bangladeshi team help them beat Netherlands in a must win game by 6 wickets and also made chances for the Quarterfinals spot. The Bangladesh has moved up to 4th in Group B with six points.
Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat first. Both the Netherlands openers Eric Swarczynski and Wesley Barresi looked struggling against the Bangladeshi bowling attack. Both the batsmen manage 28 runs from 9 overs, when they lost first wicket in form of Barresi on Shakib Al Hasan’s delivery scoring just 10 runs from 29 balls. Soon after this dismissal, Abdur Razzak removed promoted Mudassar Bukhari on 6 runs from 13 balls. Opener Eric, who struggling to make runs, was brilliantly run out by Shakib on 28 runs from 63 balls, leaving Netherlands on 66 runs for 3 wickets from 23 overs.
However, talented middle order batsmen Tom Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate continued the flow of runs. But Cooper innings came to end after scoring just 29 runs from 41 balls was brilliantly runout by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
When think looked for the Netherlands team with Ryan and Alexei Kervezee at crease, who were looking good at crease. But Kervezee was brilliantly stumped by Rahim on Md Sohrawordi trying to hit big shots, on a score of 18 runs from 24 balls. After which non of the Netherlands batsmen managed to build partnerships and were bowled out for 160 runs from 46.2 overs. Ryan remained unbeaten on 53 runs from 71 balls, which included two 4’s and a six.
Abdur Razzak was the successful bowler to grab 3 wickets for 29 runs.
Chasing a small target of 161, early in the start of the innings Bangladesh lost its opener batsmen Tamim Iqbal without scoring any run in the very first over, who was bowled by Mudassar Bukhari.
While in-form opener Imrul Kayes and Zunaed Siddique laid a foundation scoring 92 runs for their second wicket stand. But Zunaed scoring just 35 runs from 53 balls lost his wicket to skipper Peter Borren, causing Bangladesh team 92 runs for 2 wickets from 21 overs.
Kayes along with experiences batsmen Shahriar Nafees continued the flow of runs, they scored valiant 59 runs for their third wicket stand. It was looking a comfortable win for the Bangladeshi team with Kayes and Nafees at crease. But Tom Cooper came into attack and removed Nafees (37) and skipper Shakib Al Hasan (1) in back to back overs, leaving Bangladesh at 153 for 37 overs.
However Kayes along with Mushfiqur Rahim did not allow the Netherlands bowlers to grab any more wicket and finished the game in just 41.2 overs. Imrul Kayes scored unbeaten 73 runs from 113 balls and Rahim remained not out at 11 runs.
Imrul Kayes was named Man of the Match for his decent match winning innings of unbeaten 73 runs from 113 balls, which includes six 4’s.