Bangladesh win again, eyes on quarter-finals

Chittagong, Bangladesh – Bangladesh earned a much-needed victory over the Netherlands in their Group B match to keep their World Cup quarter-final hopes alive on Monday.

The six-wicket victory at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium catapulted the co-hosts to the fourth place in the group, moving ahead of England, with six points from five matches.

Bangladesh face South Africa in their final group match on Saturday but could be assured of a quarter-final spot even before that if England, trailing them by one point, are beaten by the West Indies in Chennai on Thursday.

On the field, Bangladesh used four spinners with Abdur Razzak (3-29) being the best. The Dutch did not help their cause either with four batsmen being run out. Ryan ten Doeschate (53 not out) waged a lonely battle before running out of partners as the Dutch folded for 160 in 46.2 overs.

Bangladesh wobbled early in their chase, losing Tamim Iqbal to the fourth ball of the innings but Imrul Kayes, with 73 not out – his second successive half-century saw them home with 8.4 overs to spare. He won the Man-of-the-Match award.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib al-Hasan gave credit to his bowlers.

“We bowled in good areas, kept the pressure and got the wickets. Our pacers have not been among the wickets in the tournament but they have been quite economical. It helps the spinners. Razzak bowled very well today, he is a key player for us,” he said.