Chittagong, March 14: Sharp fielding from the Bangladesh team and some deceptive bowling from slow-left-armer Abdur Razzak saw the hosts bowl out the Netherlands for 160 in 46 overs. Dutchman Ryan ten Doeschate tried to keep the innings glued together with a watchful 53 not out, but received little support from his team-mates, except maybe from Eric Szwarczynski who scored 28 and Tom Cooper who contributed 29. There were four run-outs in the Dutch innings while Razzak took 3/29 off 10 overs.
The Dutch innings got off to a sluggish and circumspect start with Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi just pushing the ball around without much intent. Perhaps they had been unsettled with Bangladesh's decision to open the bolwing with Abdur Razzak.
Shakib Al Hasan took over from seamer Shafiul Islam in the 7th over and in his second over itself was successful at getting a wicket. Barresi was trapped in front and was on his way for 10 while the score read 28/1 in 9.1 overs.
Then three overs later, Razzak struck to have pinch hitter Muddassar Bukhari caught behind for 6 as the Netherlands slipped to 37/3 in 12.2 overs. Then after Tom Cooper was dropped by the keeper off Rubel Hossain, Cooper took a single of the same bowler to bring up the Dutch 50 in the 18th over.
But the batsman was run-out seven overs later and the Netherlands had slumped to 79/4 in 25.1 overs. Then ten Doeachate and Alexei Kervezee took their side past 100 in the 31st over, before the latter batsman went after Hossain, getting the seamer away for two fours.
But Kervezee's belligerence was short-lived as in the very next over, he was stumped off Suhrawadi Shuvo for 18. Then in the 38th over, Razzak effected a double strike, trapping Tom de Grooth in front for 4 and have Anse Buurman caught at short-midwicket for a duck as the Netherlands were now in dire straights atl 127/7.
Captain Peter Borren was the enxt to depart thanks to another run-out and the Netherlands were tottering on 139/8 in 40.3 overs. Hossain then struck in the 43rd over, removing Pieter Seelaar courtesy an lbw and the Dutch were looking at the bottom of the barrel at 141/9 in 43 overs.
Some lusty hitting from ten Doeschate made sure teh Dutch cross 150, while he himself reached a half century was stranded on 53 of 69 balls when last batsman Adeel Raja was run out for a duck with the score at 160 all out in 46.2 overs.