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Bangladesh v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup 2011, Chittagong

Kayes improves quarter-final chances

The Bulletin by Sriram Veera

March 14, 2011

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Bangladesh 166 for 4 (Kayes 73*) beat Netherlands 160 (ten Doeschate 53*, Razzak 3-29) by six wickets
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Shafiul Islam bowled a tight opening spell without a wicket, Bangladesh v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup 2011, Chittagong, March 14, 2011
Shafiul Islam's tight but luckless opening spell set the tone for Bangladesh's victory © Getty Images
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The ball didn't turn much on a slow pitch in Chittagong but Netherlands' batsmen didn't have the skill to handle the nagging line and length from the battery of Bangladesh's left-arm spinners. They stabbed, plodded and meandered to 160 and Bangladesh wrapped up a six-wicket victory in a virtual must-win match. Shafiul Islam was luckless in a probing opening spell that read 6-3-7-0 but he was instrumental in strangling the Netherlands batsmen before the spinners tightened the screws further. The result escalated the pressure on England, who have to beat West Indies to stay in the World Cup.

For a brief while, 6.5 overs to be precise, there was some fight in the chase but it evaporated as Imrul Kayes took control to push Bangladesh to victory in Chittagong. Bangladesh were on a wobbly 14 for 1, for the loss of Tamim Iqbal, in the seventh over but Junaid Siddique and Kayes broke free to force Netherlands out of the contest.

The total was too meagre to defend and it was due their middling effort with the bat that Netherlands lost this game. Whenever they tried to take initiative, as Tom Cooper and Alexei Kervezee did, it proved just a mirage as they got out immediately. Whenever they tried to steal some quick runs, they got involved in run-outs. Cooper had struck Shakib Al Hasan for two fours in the 25th over but he got out in the next over, run out due to a misunderstanding with Eric Szwarczynski. He rushed across for a single after pushing to point but couldn't get back in time despite a wide throw from Shakib. Mushfiqur Rahim collected and swiveled to flick a direct hit. Kervezee crashed

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  • Abdur Razzak's 3 for 29 is his third three-wicket haul in World Cups. He has been involved in three of the top five World Cup bowling performances for Bangladesh.
  • The 92-run stand between Imrul Kayes and Junaid Siddique is the highest for the second wicket for Bangladesh in World Cups. The previous highest was 73 between Tamim Iqbal and Siddique against India in the first game of the 2011 World Cup.
  • Kayes' 73 is the second-highest score by a Bangladesh batsman in World Cups behind Mohammad Ashraful's 87 against South Africa in 2007.
  • The win was Bangladesh's fourth against a non Test-playing nation in World Cups. Overall, they have won 50 and lost 33 matches against non Test-playing teams (including Zimbabwe). Against Test-playing teams however, they have won 17 and lost 141 ODIs.
  • Netherlands' score of 160 is their fourth score below 200 in the 2011 World Cup and their eighth such score in World Cups.
  • During the course of his half-century, Ryan ten Doeschate became the highest run getter for Netherlands in World Cups. He now has 329 runs at an average of 54.83.
Rubel Hossain for two fours in the 33rd over but fell in the next, stumped off the bowling of Suhrawadi Shuvo. To add to their woes, four batsmen ran themselves out on a day when nothing went right for the Associate team.

Szwarczynski, the opener, dawdled for 68 balls but couldn't convert the start into anything meaningful. Ryan ten Doeschate, dropped on 14 by Kayes, hung around for an unbeaten fifty but he lacked support. The innings lacked momentum from the start, after Shafiul's inspired opening spell, and it went nowhere in the end.

It will remain a mystery how Shafiul didn't pick up a wicket. He darted the ball in, straightened it outside off, slipped in yorkers, tried faster and slower bouncers and didn't bowl a bad ball. He harassed the openers with movement but the ball either thudded high on the pad or missed the edge. It was one of those days. The first run off him was scored only in the 18th delivery, when he tried a slower one. Netherlands promoted Mudassar Bukhari to pinch some quick runs but Shafiul put him in his place in the 11th over. Two yorkers jammed the bottom of the bat, a bouncer pinged the shoulder and a slower one beat the waft.

Shafiul paved way for the spinners, Abdur Razzak, Shakib and Shuvo, who did what they normally do: hit a tight line and length, bowl a slew of dot balls, increase the pressure, and make the batsmen feel claustrophobic. Everything went according to their script.

Netherlands had a brief moment of joy in the chase when Bukhari breached the defences of Tamim with a delivery that straightened in the first over. He continued to bowl with heart, showed some skill and even sledged. He went past Kayes' bat a few times and gave lip to Siddique, but just when the contest looked interesting, Bangladesh broke free.

It was the final ball of the seventh over and Siddique had just been sledged after Bukhari banged in a short delivery. Siddique responded with a flamboyant pull to collect a boundary and that was the moment that turned things around for Bangladesh. In the next over, he dragged the offspinner Adeel Raja, who opened with Bukhari and bowled a few tight overs, to the square-leg boundary. Soon Kayes, who was on 9 off 24 balls, pulled Raja for three runs and Bangladesh took control.

Post that, Kayes took ownership of the chase and started to roll out the big shots: he slapped Raja through covers, slashed a full toss from ten Doeschate over point, and drove Peter Borren through cover for successive boundaries in the 17th over. Though Siddique and Shahriar Nafees, who made a fluent 37 in his first game of the tournament, fell and Shakib combusted on arrival, Kayes stayed to finish the job.

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Comments: 53 
Posted by Musallagroup on (March 18, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

BANGLADESH PLAYING WELL COMPARED TO LAST WORLD CUP..BUT THEY HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER 5-6 YRS TO GET ON NORMAL TRACK ,,MAY BE ANOTHER 6-10 YRS.... BUT TILL NOW THEY HAVE NOT LEANED FROM THEIR MISTAKES..INEXPERIENCE AND OVER CONFIDENT ALSO MEDIA IN BAGLADESH ALSO A BIG MATTER..THEY ARE INVOLVING TOO MUCH IN THEIR TEAM PERFORMANCES..IF BANGAL WINS THEY ARE KING IF THEY FAIL THEY ARE BEGGERS LIKE WISE THEIR MEDIAS ARE BEHAVOUS... I AM SURE SA,INDIA,WI AND ENG WILL QUALIFY NEXT ROUND.... MAY BE NEXT TIME BANGALA CAN..WHO KNOWS..!

Posted by sunny1307 on (March 17, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

even if the tigers make the quarters they willbe 4th in the group and aussies will be waiting to decapitate them....anyway loved the fervid attitude shown by the tigers in this world cup hoping they beat sa so as to avoid playing oz in the quarters......

Posted by Shaonx on (March 16, 2011, 20:51 GMT)

Congratulations to Bangladesh cricket team, that's the way to go. There are lot of positive things to take out of this game. However, I personally believe Bangladesh could have done better with the bat and in the field but at the same time I am not trying to take any credit out of the bowling performance which they have showed today and it was quite impressive

Posted by loveusa on (March 16, 2011, 14:34 GMT)

Great Job Bangladesh!!! Such a nice game and Shafiul's bowling was perfect but I still think we need Mashrafi!!!

Posted by mabaten on (March 16, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

BD will come up with SA. And BD does come up with SA, in QF Tiger will face New Zealand then what?

Posted by DarindaUK on (March 16, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

Tigers.

Please play with determination and committment to WIN. Don't give up. Hope everyone of you give your 100+ against SA. You've nothing to lose, but to gain a place in QF. Tamim and Shakib, both of you are Captains and should put up a show in your own backyard. You've done it in 2007 and I'm sure, if you play with conviction, you can do it again. Don't wait for WI to beat England. Rise on your own feet Tigers. ( Bagha Bangali)

Posted by   on (March 16, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

I wait for a good day when i see bangladesh win from south africa.please our criter play good. sakib please next match you take ashraful beacuse he is more exprience anytime he can do better performance.so you take him and bat ist down tamim you do best performace,sakib you hava more quality so use it, razzak now you are main spin in our country, imrul done best. we wait for win match from south africa.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2011, 8:36 GMT)

Bangladesh has played games from about 10-12 years.It has been 10 to 12 years they are playing cricket but there is only a little improvement to thier batting,bowling and fielding.Kayes has come back to form and has to score a century against South Africa and set a target of 250-300 and take early wickets to make a big pressure on South Africa.Abdur Razzak had taken 3-29 against Netherlands and that is his 3rd time in the tournament.He is a great bowler and make pressure on South Africa.Netherlands is a new team so they will learn by playing cricket from 2-4 years.

Posted by shafin41 on (March 16, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

BD's batting & bowling is improving day by day.BD's batting was excellent against Holland,BD could win by 8 wickets .If Shakib would bat more sincerely Bangladesh could win by more than 6 wickets,Shakib's last shot was unnecessary shot in which he got out.BD's pace bowling strenth is also improving ,i.e Shafiul can bowl now at 140+ speed and he can also bowl now at good line & length.And Bangladesh's spin strength was always excellent as BD got spinners like Razzak,Shakib,who are ranked 3rd & 5th in bowling by ICC.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2011, 22:49 GMT)

Great job, Tigers' next victim South Africa.

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