Bangladesh registered a comprehensive 6-wicket win against the Netherlands in their Pool A match at Chittagong on Monday. This after they lost the toss and were asked to field by Dutch skipper Peter Borren.
The hosts made full use of the conditions early on and tested the tentative openers with variations. It was the spinners however who broke the tense deadlock. Shakib Al Hasan brought himself in within the batting powerplay and removed opener Wesley Barresi in the 10th over. His partner in Abdur Razzak kept a tight leash on the batsmen and went onto remove Mudassar Bukhari who had been promoted in the batting line-up.
There was no commendable resistance in the Dutch innings from here on as the Bangladeshi bowlers kept chipping wickets away. They received added help from the batsmen as the numerous mis-communications led to as many as three run-outs that included the wicket of Eric Szwarczynski who scored 28 but failed to build on it.
While the spin attack was the potent force for Bangladesh, their pacers in Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain bowled a tight line, adding to the pressure. Islam in particular bowledÂ 9.2 overs but let just 15 runs go off him. This despite Ryan ten Doeschate unleashing himself momentarily towards the end of his team's innings.
The batsman who has earned an aggressive reputation as a clean hitter in this edition of the World Cup, struck two boundaries and a six to help his side finish on 160.
What the Dutch couldn't do with the bat, they did with the ball. At least in the first over. Bukhari lapped up Tamim Iqbal's wicket in the fourth delivery of the Bangladeshi chase. Just when a fight back became apparent from Bukhari's side though, hero from the match against England in Imrul Kayes decided to diffuse the situation once again.
Continuing from his half-century from the previous match, Kayes consolidated the Bangladeshi innings and partnered Junaid Siddique(35) and Shariar Nafees(37) to take his team through. Netherlands did scrape a few more wickets but it was too late in the innings to halt their opponents and put them in trouble. Kayes remained unbeaten on 73 runs.
Bangladesh take 2 full points from the match and equal South Africa and West Indies on 6 points though these two teams have played a match less each and have a marginally better net run-rate.