Bangladesh v Netherlands, WT20 Qualifier, Group A, Dharamsala March 9, 2016

Bowlers secure victory after Tamim 83


Bangladesh 153 for 7 (Tamim 83, van der Gugten 3-21) beat Netherlands 145 for 7 (Borren 29, Al-Amin 2-24, Shakib 2-28) by eight runs
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Taskin Ahmed bowled a high-quality last over, giving away eight runs when Netherlands required 17 to win, to help Bangladesh start their World T20 campaign with an eight-run win in Dharamsala. The game had swung in nearly every over as neither team could take a hold of the contest.

Mudassar Bukhari and Pieter Seelaar kept Netherlands in the hunt with a 16-run penultimate over, after Tom Cooper was dismissed off the first ball. Bukhari was run-out in the last over, and neither Seelaar nor Logan van Beek could find the boundaries.

Ultimately, Tamim Iqbal's unbeaten 83, as the rest of the Bangladesh batting line-up struggled, Mashrafe Mortaza's boundary-less last three overs and Taskin's accurate last over combined for Bangladesh's win.

The game was in Netherlands' grasp when they needed 54 runs in the last five overs with seven wickets in hand. Captain Peter Borren started off the assault with a one-handed sweep through midwicket for four. Subsequently, he was dropped in the same region by Nasir Hossain before the same fielder caught him at the end of the over.

In the next over, Mortaza, who conceded one four in his spell, was unlucky not to have Cooper's wicket after the ball struck the off stump but the bails didn't budge. Van der Merwe was removed later in the over though, the thin edge carrying to the Mushfiqur Rahim.

Earlier, Al-Amin Hossain had removed Wesley Barresi in the fifth over, but his opening partner Stephan Myburgh and Ben Cooper kept the runs flowing. Nasir, then, provided Bangladesh with the breakthrough by having Myburgh bowled in the ninth over for a run-a-ball 29. Borren got into his work immediately, having reverse-swept Nasir for two boundaries in the same over. The next 26 balls yielded no boundaries off the bat.

In the first innings, the pace pair of Timm van der Gugten and Paul van Meekeren combined to take five wickets for 38 runs in eight overs. Van der Gugten's double-strike in the 15th over stalled Bangladesh's late charge, and van Meekeren made up for his dropped catch in the first over with figures of 2 for 17.

Tamim, who hit his first T20I fifty since December 2012, was the only batsman to thwart the bowling. His 58-ball 83, which was Bangladesh's third highest T20 score, included six fours and three sixes.

Tamim, while assessing conditions in the early part of his innings, took plenty of singles before lacing a beautiful cut off van Meekeren in the sixth over. His first six was a mis-hit that just cleared long-off but he showed his form with his next boundary - a late dab past short third man.

After Shakib Al Hasan's wicket, Tamim changed gears and hit van der Merwe for a straight six in the 13th over but survived a stumping chance off the following delivery. He smashed Logan van Beek for two fours in the next over but struggled to farm the strike as wickets fell frequently around him. He hit only one more four and a flat six, which came in the last over. The rest of the batsmen's struggles showed just how important Tamim's knock was.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Arun on March 10, 2016, 14:26 GMT

    @IMRUL KAYES Not all fans are like dat. Many appreciate the strides of Bangla players in the recent years. It can build on top of the current form/framework and might as well make winning a habit. Wishes to BD.

    Its only fair that the avoidable photoshops of bang supporters are causing some friction. How would you react if your fav players are disgraced unnecessarily? Anyways, let us all celebrate our fav team's wins, but not go mocking others.

  • Protap on March 10, 2016, 11:30 GMT

    Now I keep hearing BD has just arrived at Dharmasala only two days ago and they need to adjust. BD players were born and lived in Bangladesh and obviously they needed no adjustment there. Still, they lost to India twice in last Asia cup. May be they need to adjust in Mirpur also. Then why do I keep reading in cricinfo, "BD can beat anybody anywhere anytime"?

  •   Imrul Kayes on March 10, 2016, 11:21 GMT

    MANIK_MIA ON MARCH 10, 2016, 7:05 GMT

    Ah... I'm not the BD player. But me too agree with your point. He should get chance to play few games in a row to bring out the best in him.

  • Mahmudul on March 10, 2016, 10:51 GMT

    @FAST_TRACK_BULLY just stretch the 20 over game into 50 over u then will see how ordinary the India bowlers are. I dont think they can even pick up wkt even in English cond. Apart from BKumar other Ind bowlers are ordinary.

  • Cricket on March 10, 2016, 10:41 GMT

    @Bangla fans... I really wish you for the win and wish you good luck for the remaining matches.. your team has improved a lot and really it is a competitive team... but when you yourselves call your teams as tigers will roar, tigers will hunt etc., sounds very odd.. just a suggestion...

  •   Shohan Mahmood on March 10, 2016, 8:19 GMT

    Hi All BD fans, let the haters to hate the Bangladesh. We have no one to prove.. We just played the QFinal in WC 2015 knocking out England in Australia. We whitewash pakistan, we win series against India and south Africa and just recent Asian cup runners up beating Pakistan and srilanka. After all of this if some ignorent people think BD is not a good team let them talk because propblay they were hiding their head in the cave or mixed up cricket with hockey... My dear BD Fans don't react on them because they need special mental assistance...

  • Manesh on March 10, 2016, 7:13 GMT

    Against Indian bowling the match will end 8 overs to spare...but India will win by 70-80 runs. thats the difference. Cannot see anything better than our bowlers in those 2 asiacup matches

  • sam on March 10, 2016, 7:11 GMT

    I don't know why the icc haven't recognised the skill in this Bangladesh team and made it the big nine. I remember watching them ten years ago waiting for the records to fall but now on a good day they can beat anyone

  • Manik on March 10, 2016, 7:05 GMT

    @IMRUL KAYES: Are you the BD player Imrul Kayes? Just to let you know I really liked your game in BPL. and expected similar contribution in here also. I hope selector give you another chance for you to prove your worth.

  •   Imrul Kayes on March 10, 2016, 6:22 GMT

    SMUKHLES ON MARCH 9, 2016, 18:21 GMT

    absolutely agree with you. I can see all BD fans are praising/analyzing their team and wishing good to NED. and even looking for a more global format for cricket. Instead these so called 'Cricket Experts' and 'Mature Fan's' pouring in here only to bash where the game is no concern of theirs. Being big and humble is a something you should be. Your talks/comments over all these towards lower ranked teams and associates ain't so respecting or humble ... so like you guyz (haters) said respect is give and take issue. better be the giver first. thanks

    cricinfo plz publish

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