14 March 2011
Bangladesh made another confident stride towards qualifying for the quarter finals of World Cup 2011 as they comprehensively defeated Netherlands by 6 wickets at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chittagong today. Bangladesh's win turned the heat on England as they now have to beat West Indies on Thursday to keep their world cup campaign alive. A defeat on Thursday will mean exit for England and confirmed qualification for Bangladesh. However, Bangladesh will still qualify at the expense of England even if they win against West Indies and the Tigers defeat South Africa in their final group match on next Saturday.
Batting first after winning the toss, Netherlands struggled right from the word go against some tidy bowling from Shafiul Islam who conceded only 7 runs from 6 overs in his first spell. Netherland batsmen wilted under the pressure and lost wickets at regular intervals and could only muster 160 runs in 50 overs.
Ryan Ten Doeschate was the highest run scorer for Netherlands with a 71 ball 53. As many as 4 run outs did not help Netherlandsâ€™ cause as they struggled to rotate strike against tidy Bangladeshi bowlers who did not concede a single wide or no ball in the entire innings. Abdur Razzak was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with 3 wickets for 29 runs in 10 overs. Shakib Al Hasan, Rubel Hossain and Sohrawardi Shuvo bagged one wicket each.
In reply, Bangladesh lost Tamim Iqbal in the very first over, but fellow opener Imrul Kayes guided the chase with the help of Zunaid Siddique and Shahriar Nafees calmly and ensured Bangladesh victory with about 10 overs to spare. Imrul produced another patient innings of 73 after his match winning knock of 60 against England and was adjudged man of the match. Shahriar initially struggled on his return to international cricket but settled nicely afterwards on his way to a well composed 37. Zunaid Siddique continued his fine touch for breezy 35 but again failed to convert his start to a big innings.