Netherlands v Bangladesh, 2nd T20, The Hague July 26, 2012

Last man secures last-ball Dutch win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Netherlands 131 for 9 (Swart 61, Razzak 2-23) beat Bangladesh 128 (Tamim 50, van der Gugten 3-18)

Netherlands snatched a tense one-wicket victory over Bangladesh to tie the T20I series 1-1, as No. 11 Ahsan Malik hit the last ball of the match - and the first delivery he had faced - for four.

Ahsan Malik came to the wicket with Netherlands needing two for victory, after Abdur Razzak had removed Timm van der Gugten, who had just hit six, with the penultimate ball. The tailender coolly cut Razzak behind point to condemn Bangladesh to a second defeat to an Associate nation in the last three days.

Opener Michael Swart had guided the Netherlands chase but when he fell for 61 from 49 balls, to leave his side 112 for 7, still 17 short of victory with 13 balls to go, it looked like the hosts would fail. Two runs and three balls later they were eight down and come the final over, ten runs were still required. Razzak had only conceded 11 from his previous three but van der Gugten's blow over mid-off was decisive, even though he fell lbw to the next delivery.

Bangladesh succumbed despite winning the toss and choosing to bat, with Tamim Iqbal scoring his second successive T20 international fifty. Mahmudullah was one of the few batsmen to score fluently, adding 41 from 31 balls in a 62-run partnership with Tamim, but Ziaur Rahman was the only other Bangladeshi to reach double figures.

Van der Gugten preceded his intervention with the bat by taking three wickets, as Bangladesh lost their last five batsmen for eight runs off ten balls. Swart and Mudassar Bukhari also claimed two wickets apiece.

Though Bangladesh took wickets at regular intervals and none of the bowlers conceded more than seven runs an over, Netherlands judged their chase to perfection ... just.

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  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    From my point of view What happened at Netherlands was a difficulty to read the pitch and condition, lack of idea about Scotland and Dutch team beside Ireland. We have to understand, This tour was not planned before and when Bangladesh went to Ireland they played some practice matches to cope with the situations. but in Dutch, it was not like that.. also we have to understand that it is a T20 format any thing can happen. played 6 won 4 defeat 2 ...even last match was not scheduled before. same pitch used for the last game and Bangladesh team also changed little bit for giving match practice to other players..

  • fahid on July 28, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    feels like its BANG VS IND.........n almost neutral......why indian fans r so much happy feel like ind won?

    as far bang concerned, their team have no sportsmanship spirit, they have not quality players who could make a test playing nation.they need talent hunting policies in their own country

  • saugatul on July 28, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    its a heart broken result for bangladeshis. we never expected like this result from bangladesh cricket team .

  • Joe on July 28, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    @superstar100 - You do make a very fair comment and that ZIM-BAN Series was suppose to happen this August but got postponed till next year because Zimbabwe Board cannot finance it which is the Bangladesh Board arranged these matches in Europe since they didn't have much Cricket in 2012.

  • amit on July 28, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Bd fans always talk about world cup win and asia cup win if any indian comment on there teams performance guyss r so funny your team wins a match in 2007 than 2012 almost 5year gap means in around 10 years you win only 2 games Lol ... only sakib is gud player in your team when he dont fire your team loss .. i wana see atleast 1 test series of 2or 3 matches between BD and ZIM lets see who deserves the test playing status so than BD can prove itself and make us wrong !!!

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    @sameer111111...I don't think losing by 1 WICKET LAST BALL AWAY is a pathetic loss am I right? Exactly! I admit Bangladesh batted pathetically but you have to be aware of the fact that almost half these so called 'Dutch' players were not 100% Dutch. The ICC allowed Bangladesh to play Test Cricket a dead game really and really no choice if you think about it I mean without Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, it means only 8 countries out of more than 200 play the format lol and its would a bit silly having a ranking system when a few play it lol no wonder 'most' of the World dislike Cricket :)

  • Ismail on July 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Its better to prepare for Test Cricket rather than T20...

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    @Anwar Chowdhury...Forget Bangladesh my brother, it will be even more cool and hilarious if Afghanistan knock out India is their Group A encounter which I can't wait to see. Everyone knows India are afraid to play the lower ranked teams which is why disrespectfully, they don't even invite Bangladesh for a full tour even though the BCB President kindly asked the BCCI President. India knows that Bangladesh win in India will not only be embarrassing but will lose a lot of money which they only seem to care about rather than the great game itself :)

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Since you're so happy Shakib went out for a Duck hmm haven't you seen his bowling figures for the match? Exactly! bowled 4 overs picked up 2 WICKETS at an economy rate of 7 an over which by Cricketing analysts is termed as "very good" so Shakib is just justifying why he's such a good All-Rounder and besides even other great players in T20s like Pieterson, Ab De Villiers, JP Duminy, Dhoni, Gambhir etc etc have gone for Ducks so again DOUBLE STANDARDS no case :)))))

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    How come all these people are interested in our Bangladeshi cricket team than their own cricket teams? Might be that even if we win or lose,we are the most exciting prospect for the future of cricketing world and that irritates some people.

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