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Bangladesh beats Netherlands for first win in T20 World Cup

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Hobart: Taskin Ahmed took wickets with the first two balls of the innings to set Bangladesh on course for a nine-run win over Netherlands in Group 2 on Monday and its first victory in the Super 12 round of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Bangladesh was sent in to bat and made a rapid start before being restricted to 8-144 in cold, overcast conditions in the southern city of Hobart in its first game of the tournament.

Fast bowler Taskin added two more wickets to his first-over damage to return 4-25 as Netherlands was bowled out for 135. Colin Ackermann played a lone hand for the Dutch batting lineup, posting a defiant 62 from 48.

It was Bangladesh’s first win in 17 games in the second round of a T20 World Cup.

Bangladesh started aggressively, with Najmul Shanto (25 off 20 deliveries) and Soumya Sarkar (14) combining for a 43-run opening stand before both were dismissed within seven balls.

Fast bowler Paul van Meekeren (2-21) struck first and left-arm spinner Tim Pringle, the son of former New Zealand international Chris Pringle, took the second wicket to peg Bangladesh back to 47-2 in 6.1 overs.

Litton Das was caught off Logan van Beek’s bowling and Bangladesh slumped to 63-4 when 19-year-old spinner Shariz Ahmad had veteran Shakib Al Hasan well caught on the mid-wicket boundary to pick up his first T20 World Cup wicket.

After losing 4-20, Bangladesh rebuilt the innings through Afif Hossain, who top scored with 38 off 27 balls, and Musaddek Hossain, who finished unbeaten on 20 off 12.

The run chase couldn’t have started much worse for the Dutch, with Taskin taking wickets on the first and second balls before Ackermann clipped the hat-trick ball for three runs.

Vikramjit Singh edged the first ball to Yasir Ali, who just got his fingers under it at first slip as he lunged forward. Bas de Leede reached for the next ball and was caught behind.

The Dutch slumped to 15-4 after a pair of runouts in the fourth over.

Opener Max O’Dowd (8) hit the first ball from Shakib’ for six but was run out on the next delivery after a mix-up with Ackermann as he turned to take a second run.

Some excellent outfield work by Shanto, first to save a boundary and then to fire back a throw which bounced once to the wicketkeeper, saw Tom Cooper well out of his ground as he ran to the striker’s end.

Even Cooper, who was out without facing a ball, held up his pointer finger to indicate he was out as he lay on the ground awaiting the decision.

A brief revival in the form of a 44-run fifth-wicket stand ended when Netherlands captain Scott Edwards (16) was caught trying a reverse paddle sweep in the 12th over.

From that point, only a brief break for rain and some late hitting from the lower order delayed the inevitable.

Ackermann was the next-to-last wicket to fall, chasing quick runs in an almost impossible victory pursuit and being caught on the deep square leg boundary off Taskin’s bowling.

South Africa was playing Zimbabwe later Monday.

Bangladesh had an automatic entry into the Super 12 stage but has had a run of poor form in the T20 format since the last World Cup, with just four wins from 19 games.

The Dutch qualified for the Super 12s by placing second to Sri Lanka in their preliminary-round group last week.

The action in Group 2 followed a day after India’s dramatic, last-ball win over Pakistan in front of more than 90,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday night.

Virat Kohli scored 82 from 53 balls in what he described as the finest T20 innings of his career, and one his captain rated as the best by any India batter. AP

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