Netherlands v Bangladesh, 1st T20, The Hague July 24, 2012

All-round Bangladesh breeze to win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh 145 for 2 (Tamim 69*) beat Netherlands 144 for 7 (Swart 57, Mortaza 2-22, Shakib 2-23) by eight wickets

Bangladesh's fortunes continued to swing wildly on their tour of Europe, as they followed Tuesday's big loss to Scotland with a comprehensive victory over Netherlands at The Hague. The eight-wicket win, in the first of two Twenty20s against Netherlands, was set up by unbeaten half-century from opener Tamim Iqbal.

Pursuing 145, Bangladesh might have been in a bit more trouble had Tom Cooper held on to a regulation chance offered by Tamim early on: he came down the track to Tim Gruijters off the fifth ball of the chase and drove in the air straight to Cooper at extra cover, and the catch was grassed. From there on, Tamim grew rather cautious. He took only two fours off his first 31 deliveries.

At 66 for 2 halfway through the chase, with 79 more required, Netherlands might have fancied their chances. But Tamim squashed those hopes by opening up with three hits down the ground, for two sixes and a four, off Pieter Seelaar in the 14th over. From the other end, Mushfiqur Rahim extended solid support with 37 off 24 - he ensured Bangladesh finished with a flourish, depositing sixes over long-on and midwicket off Mudassar Bukhari to end the game in the 18th over.

Earlier Netherlands, after choosing to bat, could not quite get a partnership going. They were tottering at 14 for 3, with the two most effective bowlers in the game, Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan, both striking early blows. Michael Swart could not find adequate company, and despite his 57 off 41 balls and a few boundaries from the lower-middle order at the end, Netherlands could only manage 144 for 7.

While this win might not have much of an impact on Bangladesh's ranking - previous wins and losses on this tour have seen them go from nowhere on the Twenty20 table up to No. 4 and back down to No. 9 - it could help salvage some pride.

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  • Dummy4 on July 27, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully...haha...I don't understand what you're finding funny I mean does winning the Cricket World Cup exactly make you World Champions? I mean how many countries out of more than 200 compete in the Cricket World Cup? Exactly! The fact is Cricket is a Sport that is disliked by 'most' of the World and the ICC has no choice but to include Bangladesh so :)

  • Manesh on July 27, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @Mohammed Azim ha ha BD can win WC!! they can't even win the Asia cup or even any other cup which features 2-3 test playing nations!

  • Peter on July 27, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Has the reality check finally kicked in guys? I mean seriously, go back and read some of the things posted. Talk about comic relief.

  • Raj on July 26, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal will break Tendulkar's all records

  • rubel on July 26, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    go BD go.....will win the WC 4 us....chudi varot

  • Muhammad Rakibul on July 26, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    @UAETigers: U r too much optimistic mate. :) In fact some Crazy fans of BD r not too optimistic like u. They need u guy Btw,I think BD cricketers & their Rational fans know well tht BD deserves 9 instead of NO. 4/6 in the rank. Even a Scottish player score a T20 ton against them.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on July 26, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Finally Tamim managed to stay from 1st to last in a t20 innings. Good to see Mushfiq regain his form again. This is only 2nd time by BD, showing a team work in this tour. That's disappointing 4m a Full member. Mashrafi is still continuing his 1 man show in BD fast bowling attack while rest r sleeping Why r there no Ryan or Karvezee in this game. They've county experience & can b crucial against BD. Both of them have T20 experience against Sub-continent players.

  • Andrew on July 26, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh, would of liked to have seen Ryan ten dS play, but Banga did well. Winning with 2 overs to spare is pretty comfortable.

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    In Reply to UAE tiger comment, we appreciate your optimism for Bangladesh Cricket!!, but you mentioned that our all rounders are better than Sober, who is Sober!! unless you meant the great West Indian Garfield Sobers? Perhaps the Cricketing history of UAE has another Sober?

    If you meant Sober, that is what our fans should be, in addition to being die hard supporter, we should be sober and accept constructive criticism, like comments that of Alex Hose, However, we stand by our cricket, win or loose.

    However, Alex, I do not think upsets are just false confidence. it is test for the supposed top nations to make sure they are truly great , not "Phony #1" as Dale Steyn described England after handing them over a crushing defeat just recently. the same South African team which Bangladesh defeated in a World Cup 2011!! (together with India) , Not to mention Bangladesh itself was at the relieving end for a number of times as well, and that proves we have to be watchful.

  • Prateek on July 26, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Raiyan24r......Tendo was not Playing bcoz of county commitments...He is the best player in dutch team....and tamim is a ordinary T20 player.......

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