ANI Photo | T20 WC: Tight bowling by Netherlands restrict Bangladesh to 144/8; Meekeren bags two wickets

Hobart [Australia], October 24 (ANI): Superb performance by a world-class Netherlands bowling lineup helped the team to restrict Bangladesh to 144/8 in the Super-12 encounter of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart on Monday.
For Bangladesh Afif Hossain scored the highest 38 while Najmul Hossain Shanto played a knock of 25 runs. For Netherlands Paul van Meekeren and Bas de Leede bagged two wickets respectively.
Put to bat first, Bangladesh got off to a decent start as their openers Soumya Sarkar and Najmul Hossain Shanto stitched up 43 in five overs without losing a wicket.
In the 6th over of the innings, Netherlands gave a big blow to Bangladesh as Paul van Meekeren dismissed well-set batter Soumya Sarkar for 14 runs.
In the next over again Bangladesh dealt with a blow as Shanto was sent packing Tim Pringle after scoring 25 runs in 20 deliveries.

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Shakib Al Hasan then came out to bat. After Shanto’s wicket, Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals. Tom Cooper was departed by van Beek after scoring 9 runs in 11 balls.
In the 10th over of the innings, 19-year-old Shariz Ahmad dismissed well-experienced all-rounder Shakib for 7 of 9. At this point, Bangladesh were at 76/5.
Afif Hossain and Nurul Hasan tried to anchor innings while gathering singles at regular intervals. The duo stepped up their game and took their team’s total beyond the 100-run mark in the 15 overs.
In the 18th over of the innings, Bas de Leede struck twice as he dismissed Nurul Hasan for 13 and well-set batter Afif Hossain for 38 runs. In the very next over Fred Klaassen delivered a stunning bowl to remove Taskin Ahmed, leaving Bangladesh tottering at 134/8.
In the penultimate over, Mosaddek Hossain slammed 10 runs in the Bas de Leede’s over to guide his team’s total to 144/8 in 20 overs.
Brief score: Bangladesh 144/8 (Afif Hossain 38, Najmul Hossain Shanto 25; Paul van Meekeren 2-21) vs the Netherlands. (ANI)

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