ICC Men's T20 WC'24: Bangladesh Defeats Netherlands, Nears Super 8 Spot

ICC Men's T20 WC'24: Bangladesh Defeats Netherlands, Nears Super 8 Spot
Shakib Al Hasan's unbeaten half-century led Bangladesh to a 25-run victory over the Netherlands in a Group D match, bringing them close to qualifying for the Super 8 stage of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup. With this win, Bangladesh is now vying for the second qualifying spot from the group, while South Africa has already secured their place in the Super 8 with three consecutive wins.
Shakib Al Hasan smashed an unbeaten 64 off 46 balls, lifting Bangladesh to 159/5 in their 20 overs. The Bangla Tigers then successfully defended the target, with Rishad Hossain taking 3-33 and Taskin Ahmed claiming 2-30, restricting the Netherlands to 132/8 in 20 overs at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, St Vincent.
Each of the top five in the Netherlands batting order reached double figures, with the match seemingly in the balance for long stretches of their reply. But wickets fell too frequently for the Dutch to sustain their required run-rate, and their attempt fizzled out with the target still 25 runs away at the close. Some clever pace-off bowling by Bangladesh ensured that the run rate never felt under control.
The Netherlands were off to a bad start in their chase of 160 as they lost Michael Levitt (15) to Taskin Ahmed in the fifth over with the score at 22. Max O'Dowd too departed soon for 12, caught by Tanzim Hasan off his own bowling. Vikramjit Singh (28) and Sybrand Engelbracht (33) took the score to 69 before the former was out. Engelbrecht and skipper Scott Edwards (25) took the score to 110 before the former was out to Rishad Hossain. The Dutch fight ended when Edwards was out to Mustafizur Rahman for 25 off 23 balls as the Netherlands fell short by 25 runs.
Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan's superb unbeaten 64 off 46 balls helped Bangladesh post a respectable first-innings score of 159/5. Contributions also came from Tanzid Hasan (35), Mahmudullah (25), and Jaker Ali (14 not out). During his 74-minute stay at the crease, Shakib hit nine boundaries and shared a 41-run fifth-wicket partnership with Mahmudullah.
The Dutch made an early breakthrough after winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, following a brief rain delay. Aryan Dutt proved difficult to score off during the Powerplay, dismissing Najmul Hossain Shanto and Litton Das, the latter falling to a spectacular catch by Sybrand Engelbrecht.
A dynamic partnership between Tanzid Hasan (35 off 26) and Shakib Al Hasan propelled Bangladesh towards a competitive total. Paul van Meekeren slowed the run rate by dismissing Tanzid with a catch in the deep, while Tim Pringle removed a cautious Towhid Hridoy (9 off 15) with his effective change of pace, proving effective on a challenging pitch.
Source: IANS