Netherlands v Bangladesh, 1st T20, The Hague

All-round Bangladesh breeze to win

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 24, 2012

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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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Posted by   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 :)

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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!

Posted by Chris_P 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.

Posted by Raj2506 on (July 26, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal will break Tendulkar's all records

Posted by RK204 on (July 26, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

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

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam 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.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam 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.

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by The_Legend-Killer 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.......

Posted by UAETigers on (July 26, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

another optimistic, IF BD wins any of the big cups in ten years, I will create a website for BD fans to celebrate their victory and i will stand with them!!

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

I belive Bangladesh will be won the world cup within five years that's for sure..........

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 26, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

@siponus2007 : It is not how many they played.. Nasir looked more promising than Royad ever was.. Nasir more tha riyad is just appreciating Nasir and not derading Riyad.. The key is, Nasir had used the chances at top order more than anyone else apart from Shakib and Mushi.. Nasir to me is the key guy in this team after the big three in Tamim, Shakib and Mushiqur..

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Good Job, But We need more aggressive presentation for T20.

Posted by UAETigers on (July 26, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

I beleive now BD should be Rank as No. 1 test team after winning their T20 matches :)

Posted by UAETigers on (July 26, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Now BD fans will rank their team abouve No. 1+ for this great victory. All I know is BD is The Best team, they have BEST of The Best Legendary Batsmen, their bowlers are above World Class, their All-Rounders are greater then sober :)!!! Quite optimistic I like it :)

Posted by rudmila on (July 26, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Being an fanatic fan I have two requests to BD team. Please be more cautious when you face an associate member and please, please, please bring in a specialist opener like Imrul Kayes or any one else in place of Ashraful. This guy is no longer capable of performing in this level. Please accept this truth (Selectors and think tank).

Posted by Raiyan24r on (July 26, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

@The_Legend-Killer-karvezee and tendo were injured.this is not an excuse.then we can say that BD played without mashrefe in WC.they played without shakib & tamim(played half of the matches) in zim tri-series."If these two were playing,the result might have been different........" lol,rofl

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@voodoo_cricket mean BD hasnt scored a century in T20I's im guessing...saying T20 is anyone's game isnt really correct if u ask me. There is the VERY occasional upset from affiliate nations over top tier nations, but thats VERY occasional...i cant remember the last time an affiliate beat a top tier nation let alone semi regularly. All top nations DESTROY the affiliate nations 9/10 times, this includes NZ & WI. Its just plain false confidence (and lunacy) to say beating the likes of Netherlands and Ireland is any sort of achievement or indication of greatness. Also TEST cricket is the benchmark for a good team not ODI....just cause BD have won a couple ODI matches doesn't mean you can pick and choose the premiere format to judge a team on. Hey i like the BD team and i think there are definitely improving but if there's anyway to describe there supporters its over-zealous...come on guys criticism is NOT disrespect...respect comes once you've done your dues and proven yourself...

Posted by siponus2007 on (July 26, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@satish619chandar u might be too oveconfident and harsh to say nasir and musfiq is better player than mahmuduallah riad , nasir just came into the team its not even a year and u already calling nasir is better player than riad who is playing for bangladesh for almost 5 years now , riad averaging more than 30 + in odi in almost 90 games , when nasir can do this in same amount of matches than u might compare him , bd got into asia cup final only bcz of riad sensible innings against srilanka and wc cup winning against england only possible bcz of riad , he had century half century in test odi against team lyk aussie england india , nasir didnt even palyed against those team yet , bcz that will be his real test

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Ashraful should bat at No.4

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

Go tigers Go .U Will be won World Cup Soon

Posted by nipun027 on (July 26, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

I think BD should now keep the opening partnership with Tamim and Junaid. Bcoz Junaid is a good hitter and it gives Tamim some time 2 sattle on. On the other hand Ashraful although a good hitter bt I don't know why he is now fear of hitting some good blows. I think Ashraful may b considered as ODI opener......... Replacing Nazimuddin from Asia Cup squad.............

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 26, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

There are some 5 match winners in BD now.. Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiqur, Nasir and Mashrafe.. the guys like Mahmudullah, Razzaq can step in occasionally.. A team with such a lineup should win more than they lose.. A extra seamer could be better.. What happened to Shafiul? He was really good but not seen anywhere in frame now.. Certainly they are on a high these days.. Good luck to maintain the momentum and win bigger tournaments..

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

congrats to Bangladesh for their amazing win unlike yesterday where the Bangladeshi bowlers played which had ranked their status from 4th to 9th but looks like Bangladesh will not give up and they sure are coming back to gain the rank again to prove what tigers are ,anyways regards from Dubai

Posted by   on (July 26, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

I agree with Ahmed Hossain we need an accelerator like zia (ash is too slow and doesnt score fast and score any runs as he used to do~he will be good for odi) in the first overs and junaid should be in team. Also shafiul instead of nazmul (nazmul bowls good in odi)… no abul hasan, he is expensive. I think we have a good team fot sri lanka… maybe we play an extra batsman in stead of a fast bowler・We need to second pacer...

Posted by The_Legend-Killer on (July 25, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

This was not a full strength Netherlands team...they were playing without Ryan Tendo and Alexi Kervezee.......If these two were playing,the result might have been different........

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

@voodoo_cricket..."No batsman scored a century in a while in BD team"? - Sorry my friend but it looks like you haven't actually followed Bangladesh's Cricket as much and totally have to disagree with you because the last time Bangladesh played a Test match which I believe was against Pakistan, Shakib Al Hasan has scored a century 144 and before the ODIs of the Asia Cup, Nasir Hossain scored a 100 against Pakistan in the second of their three ODIs before the Asia Cup so Bangladesh have scored centuries in recent times and also don't forget, Bangladesh do not play as much Cricket compared to the Indians, Australians etc so that's another reason.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

Jason Spray...Excuse me but don't be silly, no one is even saying Bangladesh are the the top or something just because they beaten Netherlands in Netherlands also its a bit premature predicting World T20 results so early because the same people thought Ireland will thrash Bangladesh 3-0 but turned out to be the complete opposite. Also don't forget the wickets they're going to be playing on is much similar to Bangladesh's as compared to Europe so I wouldn't get your hopes up to early. So if there is a team that will struggle in Bangladesh's group its most certainly New Zealand and the last time they met on ASIAN WICKETS, Bangladesh whitewashed New Zealand 4-0 so :)

Posted by FOTO on (July 25, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

Last match Bangladesh didn't take it seriously. Now this is Bangladesh so whatchya gonna do HATERS!

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

@Albert I don't understand what you find funny about that, haven't you ever seen Tamim especially in form how beautifully he bats? Tip for you, why don't you watch his 3 100s against England and his 150 against India so you understand what I was talking about. Tamim Iqbal has the most beautiful shots in the book why don't you ask people like Nasser Hussain, Bob Willis, Ian Botham etc who all agreed when he scored his centuries against England IN England. The fact is whether you like it or not Tamim is better than you, me or anyone else on this page period :)"

Posted by G-Rocker on (July 25, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

well played by BD team...& congrats to Tamim for the fantastic Innings.

Posted by bored_iam on (July 25, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

They go to No. 4-silly in itself. But one loss means they drop down to No. 9??? I mean the ranking system is tending to rubbish now!

Posted by siponus2007 on (July 25, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

this is the true face of bangladesh cricket , yesterday they lose against the scotish bcz they took them lightly and they were joking instead of playing their real game

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

@Albert Gutman - Yes in Bangladesh and to it's supporters,then what seems to be your problem?

Posted by bagh_mama on (July 25, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

@Aleemah Raeedha: Totally agree. At least someone remembers that we are playing against weaker teams. No batsman scored a century in a while in BD team. Lets not get carried away. @others: And could you stop fighting guys?

Posted by bagh_mama on (July 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

What? no ranking jump anymore? bad ICC!

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (July 25, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

@FrenchCricketFan sorry never heard of your boys

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

This is more like it..... I loved how in between the big hits the batsman kept taking single and doubles to keep the score board running which they fail to do in the last match. Tamim needs to produce innings such as this consistently to get BD off to good start. I agree with Ahmed Hussian that they should put ziaur rahman as an opener. His wicket wont hurt BD that much becus he is there as the pinch hitter and power play is the perfect time for that.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

oh yes the mighty bangalesh team have beaten holland now they are great again hahahahahahhaha enjoy being knocked out early in t20 world cup bangalesh

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Tigers pursued their goal in first match. I think Shakib should be more consistent with his bat.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

@ahmed hussain, tamim"One of the most beautiful batsman" lol lol, yes may be in Bangladesh

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

This was a very convincing win by Bangladesh and they batted with maturity.I felt that Bangladesh were always in control of the game,although bowling by couple of individuals could have been better and even if Tamim Iqbal were to be caught in the first few overs,I did feel Bangladesh had plenty of batters who could have easily fulfilled his role.May be that loss against Scotland was a blessing in disguise,a kicking they much needed to make sure they perform well against all opponents never mind who they are and be professional at all time.I also felt that some comments against Bangladesh after the loss to Scotland was unwarranted and a disgrace.If cricket was to be as predictable as some people think,then it would not be as exciting or a reason to play cricket.There is no crime for any supporters to be passionate of their team and should expect their team to beat any opponents they play against unless some people think that they have no right to.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 19:27 GMT) You're not even making any sense, you say Tamim is talented but yet average? Do you even know what talented and average means? He may not be one of the best batsman but one of the most beautiful batsman there is and don't forget he's very young only 23 and already in all forms scored over 5000 runs, 34 half centuries, 7 centuries in which 3 was against England and two of them in England so what more can you really ask for at his age? He may be arrogant but he is developing and has a great future.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

Complacency is not professionalism! Tamim sakib and Mushfiq can't have the luxury of leaving the game for the tail enders like Mashrafe and Ziaur all the time! Against Scotland they all played, as if they were in hurry and they had enough wins in their bag. Winning against Neth will not heal the bruise against Scotland! Still my Bangladesh! Good Luck!

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

Bangladesh is back on the track again! Congrats! Where are the haters of BD cricket hiding now?

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

congratulation :) try to be consistent for wining the match with strong opponent including with weaker opponent. plz stop talking about doesn't make any sense. I also believe Bangladesh should win more match's based on their experience. To win only few matchs don't prove we r strong enough to defeat any team. Its true we have potentiality but we have to focus on our mistake more rather than comparing with others. All BD fans have to admit it we r not competent enough against the test playing country except Zimbabwe. Don't misunderstand me (i'm madly fan of BD team) but i never compromise with the truth. :d

Posted by fire_dragon on (July 25, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Nice play by the BD. Hope that they will keep it up. I think picking up junaid is a good decision.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Well done tigers.But they are very lucky enough to win this game.U never know what would happen if Tamim got out earlier in the 1st over.Never the else it is a moral boosting victory.But one thing i want to say that one man show from other county (say Netherland) can be more than enough for having a bite on Bangladeshis.So i am not 100% sure that they can win tomorrow.

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (July 25, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Scottish openers are much better than all irish and bengali batsmen .

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (July 25, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Well played Bangla! Good team performance and good result at the end. Keep improving and sure you will get all the appreciation you deserve. Netherlands you had just one off day and I'm sure you will bounce back. Lot of positives from SWART and nice acceleration at the end of 1st innings. Unfortunately bowling department looked a little weak and dropped catch proved expensive at the end... Looking forward to the next game. All the best!

Posted by chilled_avenger on (July 25, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Now the Bangladesh fans will start claiming that Tamim Iqbal is one of the best Batsman in the world currently! Tamim might be talented but he is just an average Batsman right now.

Posted by RK204 on (July 25, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

though it's hard to accept that we have lost against scott but in cricket these kinds of things happen specially in twenty20 otherwise why india have bowled out for 130 or somethings in a 50 over match & against the same opposition in the earlier match they have scored 300+ nothing to worry be cooOOoOool...go BD go

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Much better performance by Bangladesh and a very convincing win but still disappointed in that loss to Scotland because there were simply far too many mistakes especially with the careless batting but I just want to say to everyone out there that I don't think T20s are the right games to describe how a team is progressing or developing because this format has more to do with "Luck & Risks" than anything else and feel that ODIs are the right way to distinguish higher and lower ranked teams because it allows players much more time to settle and play as compared to T20s. Hopefully next year where Bangladesh yet again don't have much Cricket will be able to play Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands in ODI games so we can truly see where these teams are at and which is better than which. In my opinion, I reckon Bangladesh should have Ziaur Rahman as their opener because he's a big 6 hitter and its in powerplay overs so that way Bangladesh have a good start and are not under pressure.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Bangladesh need calmness, and temperament like tamim have! there is no doubt bangladesh is a great team(shakib hassan, mushfiq) etc

Posted by SJ.Jannat on (July 25, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Bangladesh has won, but what I'm concerned about is that why are they still in 9th position in rankings?

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