Brave Dutch push Bangladesh all the way despite two gold ducks and a diamond in CHAOTIC start

Speedy Bangladeshi Taskin Ahmed notched a career-best 4-25 as his side opened their Twenty20 World Cup with a decisive nine-point win over the Netherlands.

Playing their first match of the tournament, Bangladesh went 8-144 in Hobart on Monday afternoon, beating the Dutch for 135 on the last ball.

It was the first time for Bangladesh to win a game in the ‘super’ main stage of a T20 World Cup and break a five game losing streak in the 20 plus format.

Ahmed was on a hat-trick after knocking out Vikramjit Singh and Bas de Leede with the first two balls from the Dutch chase and came back late to pick up two scalps.

The Netherlands had all sorts of problems at 4-15 when Max O’Dowd and Tom Cooper were both knocked out in a calamitous fourth.

Colin Ackermann kept them in the game with a 62 from 48 but fell to 17th to Ahmed.

The Netherlands needed 24 in the final and 12 in the last two balls, but couldn’t get the job done.

Taskin Ahmed from Bangladesh appeals. (Photo by Steve Bell – ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Earlier, Afif Hossain was the top scorer with 38 out of 27 for Bangladesh after losing the draw and being sent off under dark skies at Bellerive Oval.

Najmul Shanto (25) and Soumya Sarkar (14) went 43 for the first wicket before the Netherlands broke through with two scalps in the space of two overs.

Paul van Meekeren (2-21 from four overs) and Bas de Leede (2-29 from three) finished with the best numbers.

Young spinner Shariz Ahmad snagged the big wicket from Bangladeshi skipper Shakib Al Hasan (seven) in the 10th.

Hossain played the lead role in his absence, before Mosaddek Hossain (20 out of 12 deliveries) landed some big, vigorous shots late.

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The two sides are involved in a double-header at the SCG on Thursday, with Bangladesh taking on South Africa and the Netherlands taking on India.


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