Bangladesh (144/8) defeat Netherland (135) by 9 runs to win Group 2 encounter

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Bangladesh will play the opening match of their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign when they take on Netherlands in the Super 12 encounter at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Monday.

Overview

Shakib Al Hasan and his men qualified directly for the Super 12s but their form since the last edition of the tournament has been really ordinary. Bangladesh have played 19 T20Is since the ICC Men's T20 World Cup last year and have lost 14 of them while winning only four times.

The tri-series against Pakistan and New Zealand was their last assignment ahead of the mega event this year and they lost all of the four matches they played in that series by fairly big margins.

There were little signs of improvement in the warm-up matches either. The match against South Africa got washed out by rain but Afghanistan completely outclassed them in the other warm-up fixture. While Afghanistan made 160/7, Bangladesh could muster only 98/9 in their 20 overs.

Bangladesh have to believe that they can turn things around. They are placed in Group 2 which consists of strong teams like India, Pakistan and South Africa. It will be important for Shakib and his men to win against Netherlands and gain some early momentum in their campaign.

The Dutch, on the other hand, will be inspired to do well this time around. They won two of their three qualifying stage matches to book their berth in the Super 12 and were also helped by Namibia’s loss to the UAE in the final match of the group stage. While the bowlers have done a great job for the team, the batters haven’t really turned up yet.

They have been a bit over-dependent on their top-order batter Max O’Dowd’s batting exploits so far. But the other players will really need to step up if they want to deliver a competitive performance against even stronger teams at this stage of the tournament.

Predicted Playing XIs

Netherlands: Max O'Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Bas de Leede, Tom Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Tim Pringle, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren

Bangladesh: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nurul Hasan (wk), Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

Key Players

Bas de Leede: He is yet to fire with the bat but Bas de Leede has been in superb bowling form, with seven wickets to his name at a mean average of 9.71. De Leede has been bowling in the middle and death overs for the Netherlands and he has been successful in picking up wickets while keeping the runs in check.

Shakib Al Hasan: Shakib is going to be Bangladesh's most important player in this encounter. He is highly experienced having played over 100 T20Is and has amassed 2000 runs in the format while claiming 122 wickets. Shakib was seen in good batting form during the tri-series in New Zealand. He amassed 154 runs during the tri-nation series at an average of 51.33 and strike rate over 150.

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Out of the 5 opponents, Netherlands are the easiest team for BD. BD should try to win this one at least.
 
Would you consider Bangladesh beating the Dutch as an upset? Considering the current form BD is in
 
I know BD have been rubbish at T20s this year and in general. But I’m confident enough to think BD will smash Netherlands.
 
Netherlands won the toss and opt to bowl

Teams:
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Najmul Hossain Shanto, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan(w), Mosaddek Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud

Netherlands (Playing XI): Max ODowd, Vikramjit Singh, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards(w/c), Tim Pringle, Logan van Beek, Shariz Ahmad, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren
 
Let's be honest, if NL wins today, is it going to be an upset? Lol
 
Gotto feel for Bangladeshi fans. They are so passionate and their team keeps messing up. Such a great start and such stupid shots.
 
Gotto feel for Bangladeshi fans. They are so passionate and their team keeps messing up. Such a great start and such stupid shots.

They heavily rely on one batsman Shakib. So they have like 100 different ways to mess up a match. So it is not that hard for them to mess up.
 
They heavily rely on one batsman Shakib. So they have like 100 different ways to mess up a match. So it is not that hard for them to mess up.

Liton Das's shot is just inexcusable. He's a good talent. If D/L comes into picture, these wickets are going to hurt BD
 
Another one bites the dust. BD aren't that good but take these associates lightly at your own peril. Lankans and Windies learned the hard way and BD's WC is unraveling right now
 
This Nurul is such a sunday league cricket who does well on dead wickets at home and against some low associates. Absolute passenger. Not international material against top6 side. Liton Das can keep.

Shanto? Not good enough. Yasir Ali? Waste of space.

Sabbir Rahman atleast has produced some goods. He was wrongly managed by an ex coach haturu playing sabbir at 3 when he never is that type, now the current consultant tried making him opener!!. He hasn’t got the IQ to bat top4 positions. A stroke player, wants to hit at everything. Best position for sabbir is 6.
 
If a couple of Dutch batters make a decent score then BD will be in trouble.BD has played in many ICC tournaments so it should be able to defend this score.In T20 you never know.
 
Bangladesh could defend this. But there’s real fundamental issues with BD cricket especially t20i.
 
BD have regressed so much since 2019

BD is unfortunate that upper middle class upwards kids dont play cricket. No offence but most of these are from deprived backgrounds, school dropouts, uneducated. If am not wrong only Taskin from big city and Tamim Chittagong. Majority of them from deprived backgrounds, deep rural areas like the fizz.

Cricketing wise education is lacking. Basics is messing. They don’t read, study cricket well. Talent alone without brain wont work!
 
Should have bowled the third ball outside off stump too. Sensational start though
 
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Nurul gets too excited behind the stumps. Might cost BD catches. He celebrates before ball reaches him. Needs to calm tf down when there’s an edge.
 
Who is this new guy Hasan Mahmud? Never seen him before ... Balls quite fast

Bpl star?
 
79 from 43 to win. Looks very difficult, unless the Dutch have a Kohli in their ranks.
 
BD will win comfortably on DL if no more play today.
 
Can’t believe BD never won a single super 8 T20WC match before! This will be a first.
 
BD's batting was bad again.

They got away against Netherlands but need to be better against bigger teams.
 
Can’t believe BD never won a single super 8 T20WC match before! This will be a first.

They always faced top teams during Super 8/Super 12 stage. Never any associate or even Afghanistan.

They can hopefully pick up 2 wins this time (Netherlands and Zimbabwe).
 
BD's batting was bad again.

They got away against Netherlands but need to be better against bigger teams.

BD need to plan for Afif he seems has the temperament to bat top 4. Cant wast him too low. Should try him 3. Nurul Hasan is a passenger. Yasir Ali is new but needs to take his chances or will be kicked out. Definitely Miraz should be in for Nurul or Shanto. Soumya Sarkar is actually a pathetic t20 player.
 
BD need to plan for Afif he seems has the temperament to bat top 4. Cant wast him too low. Should try him 3. Nurul Hasan is a passenger. Yasir Ali is new but needs to take his chances or will be kicked out. Definitely Miraz should be in for Nurul or Shanto. Soumya Sarkar is actually a pathetic t20 player.

I agree that Afif should be promoted up. He should bat at #3. Anchoring the innings.
 
32 runs are needed from 2 overs. 1 wicket in hand.

Mustafiz has one over left. Another over needs to be bowled by a part-timer.
 
Good to see Bangladesh win hopefully give them some good confidence
 
Bangladesh have got their ICC Men's T20 World Cup campaign underway in style by registering a hard-fought nine-run victory over the Netherlands in Hobart on Monday.

Pacers fire for Shakib's side

You need to bowl very well when you are defending a score of just 144/8 and that is exactly what Bangladesh produced as their quicks turned it on in style at Bellerive Oval.

Taskin Ahmed (4/25) set the tone when he removed Vikramjit Singh and Max O'Dowd with the first two balls of Netherlands' run chase on his way to career best figures and he was well supported by Hasan Mahmud (2/15).

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan (1/32) was relatively expensive during his four overs and a pair of run outs in the field made it a good day for Bangladesh as they got their tournament started with a victory.

Afif Hossain fills the void as star duo fail to fire

Shakib and Litton Das are among Bangladesh's most experienced batters, but the pair combined for just 16 runs between them as the Netherlands produced a disciplined bowling effort.

It was left to Afif Hossain to step up and the young left-hander produced the good with a quickfire 38 from just 27 deliveries to ensure his team was able to post a decent total.

It's a good sign for Bangladesh that they can still prevail with smaller contributions from Shakib and Das and they will be looking to build on this performance when they take on South Africa in Sydney on Thursday.

Ackermann the shining light for the disappointing Dutch

Confidence was sky high for the Netherlands heading into the contest after a pair of good results during the First Round, but much of that good work was undone against Bangladesh.

Seamers Paul van Meekeren (2/21) and Bas de Leede (2/19) bowled well to pick up two wickets apiece, while teenager Shariz Ahmad (1/27) got the big wicket of Shakib in his first appearance at the tournament.

The only batter who looked assured at the crease was Colin Ackermann, with the right-hander finding the middle of the bat on his way to a career best score of 62 from 48 balls.

It was an eye-catching knock and he will be keen to go big once again when the Netherlands face India at the SCG on Thursday.

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We have a good bowling unit that can be on par with good teams but our batting is absolutely club level.
 
Netherlands let themselves down with extremely poor catching. So many easy catches were spilled.
 
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