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 against Netherlands in their group A opening qualifying round match of the ICC World cup T20 held on Wednesday at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, India. 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, after they were forced to bat first by Netherlands.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 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.(BSS)