Bangladesh have won their first qualifier match by beating Netherlands with help of Tamim Iqbal’s unbeaten 83 batting spell in World Cup T20.
Earlier Bangladesh set a target of 154 runs ahead of Netherands. In the beginning, Netherlands won the toss and sent Bangladesh in to bat.
Tamim Iqbal has been named the Man of the Match and rightfully so. He said, “After playing a few domestic T20 leagues, the confidence has come back. I’ve been talking to my coaches and been calm in the middle. They bowled a decent line and length, the wicket wasn’t the easiest.”
“I thought we were 15 runs short. We came back from summer, and this has been different. It feels like you have a breathing problem here,” he added.
Combined team bowling effort from Bangladesh to notch the points on the board. A spirited Netherlands chase falls short. 153 was always going to be a tough chase with the two-paced surface and against a quality bowling line-up. The bowlers chipped away regularly and ensured the new batsmen struggled with some tight bowling.
“They were in a good situation after 10 overs, we got back to back wickets which was the turning point. Last over is always difficult to bowl but the way Taskin was bowling, I was pretty confident that he would do it.”, said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza in the post match conference.
Mustafizur Rahman was sidelined due to injury while Arafat Sunny made a come-back in the playing 11.