Abdul Razzak’s 3/29 and Imrul Kayes undefeated 73 runs helped Bangladesh beat Netherlands by six wickets in their Group B match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. Bangladesh are now placed fourth in the group and are on the verge of entering into the next stage, provided West Indies beat England.>
Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat first. Wesley Barresi (10) and Eric Szwarczynski (28) started off cautiously adding 28 runs in 10 overs before Shakib Al Hasan trapped Barresi leg before the wicket. Mudassar Bukhari (6), who was promoted to pinch hit did not last long. Tom Cooper (29) and Szwarczynski added 29 runs for the third wicket before a couple of run outs reduced Netherlands to 79/4 in the 25th over.>
Ryan ten Doeschate returned to some form with an unbeaten 53 runs from 71 balls with two fours and a six. However, none of the batsmen could stay long enough to support ten Doeschate and Netherlands kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only Alexei Kervezee reached the double figures with 18 runs from 24 balls and his 34-run partnership for the fifth wicket with ten Doeschate was to be the highest partnership of the innings.
For Bangladesh, Abdur Razzak took 3/29 off his 10 overs while four of the Netherlands batsmen ran themselves out. Shafiul Islam bowled beautifully but was unlucky to go wicket-less. Netherlands were dismissed for just 160 runs in the 47th over.
Bangladesh lost Tamim Iqbal (0) off the fourth ball of their innings. Junaid Siddique and Imrul Kayes then added 92 runs in 20 overs to bat the Netherlands out of the game. Junaid Siddique scored 35 runs off 53 balls with four fours. After Siddique’s departure, Shahriar Nafees helped Imrul raise 59 runs for the third wicket. Nafees made a 60-ball 37 runs with four fours before he was bowled by Tom Cooper. Shakib Al Hasan made just one run.
Imrul Kayes remained unbeaten on 73 runs that came from 113 balls and hit six boundaries while Mushfiqur Rahim too remained unbeaten on 11 runs. Kayes was declared the player of the match for the second match in a row.