Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed recorded his career-best figures (4/25) in T20Is and his side started their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 campaign with a tight nine-run victory over Netherlands on Monday (October 24).
Playing their first match of the tournament, Bangladesh posted 144-8 on the board in their stipulated 20 overs before bundling out Netherlands for 135 on the last ball.
It was the first time Bangladesh have won a game in the Super 12 stage of a T20 World Cup. In the 2021 edition, Bangladesh played five games but did not win a single match in the second round. Before that in six editions, they never won a Super 12 fixture in T20 World Cups despite winning a Group 1 encounter against West Indies in 2007.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who has featured in all seven previous T20 World Cups, expressed his relief after the win against Netherlands .
“I’ve played all of them and never won. That was (at the) back of our mind. I think that’s why we were a little nervous with the bat,” the left-hander said in his post-match interview.
“(But) the way our fast bowlers bowled was tremendous,” he added.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 144-8 in 20 overs (Afif Hossain 38; Paul van Meekeren 2/21) beat Netherlands 135 in 20 overs (Colin Ackermann 62, Paul van Meekeren 24; Taskin Ahmed 4/25) by 9 runs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
#BANvNED must leave the Dutch immensely frustrated. Not starting well with the ball or bat & paying the price. Just like matches v SAF & NZ in the 2014 @T20WorldCup this match has to be regarded as one that got away. Taskin was superb with the ball for Bangladesh, great to watch.
— Brian Murgatroyd (@murgersb) October 24, 2022
— Fariha Jannat Mim (@FarihaMim) October 24, 2022
— JaayShaan (Shankar) (@JaayShaan) October 24, 2022
A fiery spell of 4/25 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) October 24, 2022
Beautiful start from #bangladesh
They start their #T20WorldCup
With winning victory against #netherlands #taskinahmed bowling spell change the game and finally Bangladesh won.#BANvNED #nedvsban #T20WorldCup2022 #T20worldcup22 #aravchoudhary #newindia
— Arav Choudhary (@iaravchoudhary) October 24, 2022
Good start for the Tigers in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022! Congrats to the team for the win against the Netherlands! Now hoping they continue this momentum in the upcoming matches and make us proud!#ICCT20WorldCup2022 #BANvNED #bdtigercricket
— Sheikh Monirul Alam (Tipu) (@tipu_alam) October 24, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) October 24, 2022
— Shamim Choudhury (@ShamimC12866559) October 24, 2022