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T20 World Cup 2022, Gr 2, BAN v NED: Taskin's 4-25 helps Bangladesh secure 9-run win

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, Super 12, Group 2, Bangladesh vs Netherlands: Taskin Ahmed's 4-25, Colin Ackermann's 68 and Paul van Meekeren's 2-21 & 24 are top performances. Bangladesh beat Netherlands by 9 runs in Super 12s game.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, Super 12, Group 2, Bangladesh v Netherlands: Taskin Ahmed registers career best figures (4-25) in T20Is; Bangladesh beat Netherlands _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©ICC/Getty)
Taskin Ahmed registers career best figures (4-25) in T20Is (Photo: ©ICC/Getty)

Brief Scores: BAN 144/8 (Afif 38, Shanto 25, Meekeren 2/21) beat NED 135 (Ackermann 62, Meekeren 24, Taskin 4/25) by 9 runs

Player of the Match: Taskin Ahmed (4/25 in four overs)

Unsettled Bangladesh who have been demoted to the ninth rank on the back of their poor performances in the shortest format of the game locked horns with confident looking Netherlands who have progressed to the Super 12 round after fetching two victories in the previous round. The second Group 2 game of this round of the World Cup was held in Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

In three games between these two sides, Bangladesh have won two while Netherlands tasted victory in just a solitary game.

The show of scratchy Bangladesh batters and decent Netherlands bowlers

Bangladesh openers offered them a decent start but the following batters failed to take advantage of the situation as some of the irresponsible shots from most of the batters saw Bangladesh limping at 76/5 after being 43/0 at one stage. Only Afif Hossain smashed a few big shots in the end to take Bangladesh to a decent total.

On the flipside of the coin, Netherlands were not disciplined with their line and lengths at the start of their bowling but they regrouped and with proper planning sent back the Bangladesh batters with a little help from the opponents too. The spinners and the pacers used the dimensions of the ground and variations to keep the batters struggling.

Bangladesh held their nerves to manage narrow Super 12 victory

Netherlands captain Scott Edwards on winning the toss decided to bowl first. Bangladesh left out Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shoriful Islam and Ebadot Hossain from the squad for this game while Netherlands brought in Shariz Ahmed and Logan van Beek in place of injured Roelof van der Merwe and Timm van der Gugten.

Bangladesh went off to a decent start in the powerplay with 43/0 in five overs but a few irresponsible shots from them with good planning from Netherlands saw Bangladesh falling at 76/5 in 11 overs. The 44-run stand for the sixth wicket fired them to 120/6 in 17 overs before a few big shots from Mosaddek Hossain and Afif Hossain’s 27-ball 38 led them to 144/8 in their allotted 20 overs.

Netherlands found themselves under pressure from the very first over being 15/4 in the fourth over. Wickets were falling form one end but Colin Ackermann stood there almost till the end with an excellent display of batting before Paul van Meekeren’s hit some big shots but failed to prevent Bangladesh from securing a nine-run win.

Let’s take a look at the top three performances from the game between Bangladesh and Netherlands from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.