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Shakib shines as Bangladesh secures victory against Netherlands in T20 World Cup clash

The win for Bangladesh strengthens their position in the race for a spot in the tournament's Super 8 stage

Shakib shines as Bangladesh secures victory against Netherlands in T20 World Cup clash PHOTO: AFP

Bangladesh secured a 25-run victory over the Netherlands in their third match of the T20 World Cup 2024, held at Arnos Vale Stadium in Kingstown on Thursday.

Opting to chase, the Netherlands faced an early setback with openers Michael Levitt (18 off 16) and Max O’Dowd (12 off 16) departing early, leaving them at 32-2 in 5.4 overs. Despite this, Vikramjit Singh and Sybrand Engelbrecht steadied their innings with a 37-run partnership, but Singh's dismissal for 26 off 16 balls hindered their momentum. Engelbrecht (33 off 22) and skipper Scott Edwards (25 off 23) contributed, but the team struggled to maintain partnerships, ultimately finishing their innings at 134-7 in 20 overs.

Bangladesh's Rishad Hossain led the bowling attack with three wickets, supported by Taskin Ahmed with two, and Mustafizur Rahman, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, and Mahmudullah each taking one wicket.

Earlier, Bangladesh, batting first after losing the toss, faced a shaky start with skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto and Liton Das departing early without significant scores. However, Tanzid Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan's 48-run partnership provided stability. Tanzid scored 35 off 26 balls before falling to Paul van Meekeren. Shakib played a crucial innings, remaining unbeaten with 64 runs off 46 balls, supported by Mahmudullah's 25 off 21 balls and a quick cameo from Jaker Ali (14 off 7 balls). Bangladesh concluded their innings at 159-5 in their allotted overs.

For the Netherlands, Aryan Dutt and Paul van Meekeren claimed two wickets each, while Tim Pringle managed one.

The Netherlands, coming off a victory against Nepal, and Bangladesh, having defeated Sri Lanka previously, both entered the match with two points. The win for Bangladesh strengthens their position in the race for a spot in the tournament's Super 8 stage.