Tigers seal six-wicket win over Dutch
Bangladesh lost two late wickets, but Imrul Kayes ended undefeated on 73 as the Tigers beat the Dutch by six wickets in Chittagong to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive on Monday.
Imrul Kayes struck a composed 73 not out to guide the Tigers home, and he received excellent support from Shahriar Nafees (37 off 60 balls) and Junaid Siddique (35 off 53 balls).
The win intensifies the scramble for positions in Group B, and the Tigers will move into the last eight should England lose to the West Indies.
“It's a good feeling to win. This game was very important for us, and it gives us a huge opportunity to reach the quarterfinals,” Hafees said in the aftermath. “We are looking to beat South Africa and qualify for the quarters. The West Indies-England game is not in our hands."
The Netherlands had won the toss and elected to bat, but four run-outs drastically undermined their ambitions to set the home side a decent target.
Ryan ten Doeschate was stranded on 53 not out at the end, as the Dutch were bowled out for 160.
The Dutch had started their innings slowly, as Shafiul Islam bowled a tight first spell that rendered just seven runs in six overs.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan got the first wicket, as Wesley Barresi was trapped leg-before. Mudassar Bukhari was employed as a pinch-hitter, but he only lasted 13 balls before skying Abdur Razzak to depart for six.
Baressi’s opening partner Eric Szwarczynski was unlucky to be the first run out victim, as Shakib got a finger onto a straight drive from Tom Cooper.
Cooper was also run out, as the Dutch began to self-destruct. Abdur Razzak snared two wickets in the 38th over, as the Dutch innings unravelled.
Alexei Kervezee and Ten Doeschate then added 34 for the fifth wicket, before the former played a terrible shot to Shuvo and was stumped for 18.
All the while, Ten Doeschate soldiered on, and he reached a fighting half-century despite the carnage at the other end.
Bangladesh’s ploy to use spin for almost 30 overs paid off, with Razzak helping himself to three for 29 in his ten overs.
The Bangladesh innings started dramatically, as Bukhari bowled Iqbal off the inside edge.
Kayes and Siddique then added 92, though the latter did live dangerously during his stay.
Siddique fell rather tamely, as he hit a poor ball by Cooper straight to cover.
Hafees came in and played fluently, to take the home side to the brink of victory.
But, with the end in sight, he got bowled round his legs by Cooper. Skipper Al Hasan also got out unnecessarily, but by then the game was safe, and the Tigers won by six wickets to keep a keen interest in the World Cup.
"It was anervous game because we had to win to stay in the contest. The boys played well and kept up the pressure on Netherlands. The fast bowlers supported the spinners well. Abdur Razzak is a key bowler for us, and he always kept us in the game. We'll watch the West Indies-England game very closely, but we want to do well against South Africa,” Al Hasan said.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Shariah Nafees, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) Mahmudullah, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain.
Netherlands: Eric Szwarczynski, Wesley Baressi (wk), Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Alexei Kervezee, Tom de Grooth, Atse Buurman, Peter Borren (c), Mudassar Bukhari, Pieter Seelaar, Adeel Raja.