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Bangladesh boost the hope for Super-Eight with a fine victory against Netherlands

Bangladesh cemented the chance of playing in the Super-Eight with a predetermined win against the Dutch in their 3rd game in the group stage. At St.Vincent’s Arnos Vale Stadium, the Tigers outplayed the Netherlands by 25 runs and kept the 2nd spot in the points table.

Bangladeshi players were sent to set the target after a rain-delayed toss. The dismal for top order batters continued as the opener and skipper Shanto was caught in the first slip while trying to reverse sweep Aryan Dutt. The Caribbean wind took the test of the Bangladeshi batters as Liton, Tanzid and Mahmudullah were caught in the deep as a consequence of hitting against the wind. Shakib topped the Bangladesh innings with a spellbinding 64 off 46 balls laced with 4 boundaries.

Tanzid was also looking good – accumulated 35 with a 130+ strike rate. Mahmudullah accelerated the run rate after Bangladesh added merely 19 runs between the overs 7-12. He added 25 runs off 21 balls hammering 2 boundaries and an equal amount of over boundaries. Zakir also contributed 14 runs with a 200-strike rate at the end. Tawhid, on the other hand, came in at 4 and was bowled by Tim Pringle’s speedy skidding delivery after scoring 9 off 15 balls.

As 140 was the previous average first innings score at this ground, Bangladesh’s 159 was deemed to be a competitive score. However, at one stage the Dutch middle order leaned the winning possibility on their side. After losing two openers in the power play with a score of 32 runs, Vikramjit and Sybrand Engelbrecht’s 3rdwicket partnership fueled the hope for them as Vikramjit ransacked 24 runs off 14 balls before Mahmudullah lurked him to go down the ground before Liton lit the stumps with a quick stumping. After his dismissal,  Sybrand built another 42-run partnership with skipper Scott Edwards which was allowing his team to finish the game. However, Rishad broke this partnership in the mid-15th when Sybrand mistimed and got caught by Tanzid – placed inside the circle. He ended that over with the dismissal of Bas De Leede.

The Netherlands lost the track by then as Mustafiz showed Scott the way back to the pavilion and Van Beek offered his wicket in the subsequent over before Taskin bowled Pringle in the very last bowl of the innings. Rishad was the top wicket-taker that night with another 3 wickets. He’s also at the combined 3rd position in the leaderboard by the time of writing this article. Taskin took 2 wickets while Fizz, Mahmudullah and Tanzim Sakib took one valuable wicket each.

Bangladesh is almost qualified for the next stage now but they better have another victory against Nepal to finish the group stage with a smile. The event will take place at the very same ground on 17 July at 5:30 am when Bangladeshi Muslims will prepare for the Eid prayer.

OpponentOpponent’s current T20I ranking (BD:09)Starting timeDateResult
Sri Lanka0806:30 AM08/06/24Bangladesh won by 2 wickets
South Africa0408:30 PM10/06/24Bangladesh lost by 4 runs
Netherlands1708:30 PM13/06/24Bangladesh won by 25 runs
Nepal1505:30 AM17/06/24To be played

 

TeamMat.WonLostPointsNRR
1. South Africa3306+0.603
2. Bangladesh3214+0.478
3. Netherlands3122+0.379
4. Nepal2011-0.539
5. Sri Lanka3021-0.777

 

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