Bangladesh put up a brilliant performance as they started their ICC World T20 campaign with a winning note when they beat Netherlands by a narrow margin of eight runs in their first group A qualifying round match held on Wednesday at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, India.Despite some brief fighting score by Peter Borren (29), Stephan Myburgh (29) Ben Cooper (20) and Mudassar Bukhari (14), Netherlands finally able to pick up 145 runs losing seven wickets for their stipulated 20 overs to chase a winning target of 154 runs set by Bangladesh.Pacer Al-Amin Hossain and allrounder Shakib Al Hasan were the most successful bowlers for Bangladesh capturing two wickets each giving away 24 and 28 runs respectively.Tamim Iqbal was named the player of the match for his impressive batting performance.
Earlier, southpaw opener Tamim Iqbal hit a brilliant unbeaten knock of 83 runs steered Bangladesh to post a competitive total of 153 for 7 from their allotted 20 overs, after they were forced to bat first by Netherlands.After the early departure of another opener Soumya Sarkar for 15 runs, Tamim pairing with first down Sabbir Rahman contributed useful 42 runs of the second wicket stand to take Bangladesh to a comfortable position.The in-form batsman Sabbir, who named the player of the tournament in the just concluded Asia Cup T20, was trapped leg before wicket by Van Der Merwe’s delivery. After that Bangladesh faced wobble losing wickets of Mahmudullah (10), Nasir Hossain (7), Shakib Al Hasan (5) and Mushfiqur Rahim (3) in regular intervals, but Tamim was still firm keeping his wicket intact from the other end and single handedly took the team to a commanding position. He cracked six boundaries and three over boundaries during his 58-ball stay on the crease. T Van Der Gugten, was the pick of Netherlands bowlers taking three wickets for 21 runs. He was well supported by PA Van Meekeren, who bagged two wickets giving away 17 runs. Bangladesh will play their next group match against Irelands on Friday (March 11), at the same venue.(BSS)