Bangladesh 145-2 (Iqbal 69no) beat
Netherlands 144-7 (Swart 57) by 8 wickets
First Twenty20 International, Voorburg
Bangladesh bounced back from their mauling at the hands of Richie Berrington yesterday to record a comfortable victory over the Netherlands in Voorburg as their tour of northern Europe continued. Tamim Iqbal ended unbeaten on 69 as they chased down the home side’s total of 144 for seven with two overs to spare.
The Dutch had won the toss and opted to bat, but Mashrafe Mortaza soon had them 12 for two, which then turned into 14 for three once Shakib Al Hasan had Eric Szwarczynski caught in his opening over. Skipper Peter Borren and opener Michael Swart began to rebuild the innings with a fourth-wicket partnership of 38, but the former was run-out for 12 to end the promising 27-ball stand.
Swart found further support from Tom de Grooth (22 from 18 balls) and brought up his fifty, but both fell in consecutive overs to peg the home side back. Tim Gruijters led the late charge and finished unbeaten on 21 from 16 balls as Netherlands closed on 144 for seven.
Junaid Siddique and Tamim Iqbal got Bangladesh’s reply off to a solid start with a 45-run opening stand, before Siddique was caught off Timm van der Gugten for 25 off 20 balls. Shakib Al Hasan followed three overs later for 12, but Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim knocked off the remaining runs to end unbeaten on 69 and 37 respectively.
Bangladesh’s final match on their tour of northern Europe is against the hosts at the same venue tomorrow.
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