Bangladesh defeated Netherlands by four wickets in their T20 world cup match mainly due to pacer Taskin Ahmad’s four-wicket bowling spell.
The Netherlands had decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Bangladesh was restricted to 144 runs at a loss of eight wickets at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
A gallant 34-runs partnership between Paul van Meekeren, who scored 24 and Fred Klassen who scored seven not out, for the final wicket had slogged Netherlands to within 12 runs of victory with two balls to spare.
But Meekeran failed to clear the boundary on Soumya Sarkar’s ball. Eventually, Bangladesh became victorious in the match in super 12 format of the T20 International World Cup 2022.
Taskin Ahmad was declared man of the match for ensuring the Netherland’s chase to a dreadful start. Taskin got wickets of opener Vikramjit Singh and Bas de Leede on first two balls of the innings.
However, Netherlands’ all-rounder Colin Ackerman scored 62 to keep his team into the game; but he was also dismissed by Taskin in the 17th over.
Afif Hussain scored 38, Najmul Hossain scored 25 and Mosaddek Hossain scored 20 from Bangladesh while on behalf of team Netherlands Colin Ackerman scored 62, Paul Van Meekeren scored 24 and Scott Edwards scored 16 runs.
Taskin Ahmed took four wickets while Hasan Mahmud could get two wickets for their team and Shakib ul Hassan and Soumya Kumar got one wicket each. On behalf of Netherlands, Paul Van Meekeren and Bas de Leede could get two wickets each while Fred Klassen, Tim Pringle, Shariz Ahmed and Logan van Beek got one wicket each.
Bangladesh will play South Africa in the next match of the Super 12 stage of the tournament while Netherlands will face India.