Kayes half-century hastens Bangladesh victory process

Bangladesh made a watchful start after the early exit of Tamim Iqbal

By CricketCountry Staff

Chittagong: Mar 14, 2011

Imrul Kayes rustled up an enterprising eight one-day international half-century as Bangladesh put their smallish chase of 161 on a firm footing in their World Cup Group B match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

Imrul was involved in a 92-run second wicket partnership with Junaid Siddique after the pair assumed control of the innings following the early loss of Tamim Iqbal.

The duo offered a watchful start after Netherlands struck in the first over itself through Mudassar Bukhari when he cleaned up Tamim Iqbal for a duck. The circumspect approach of Imrul and Junaid can be gauged by the fact Bangladesh scored only 30 runs off the first ten overs.

It was Junaid who showed his aggressive streak first up collecting three boundaries before Imrul got into his groove. Imrul handed Ryan ten Doeschate some pasting, picking up three boundaries before clunking Dutch captain Peter Borren for two consecutive fours to break the shackles on the scoring.

Just when it looked that the pair would take the Tigers to the doorstep of victory, Junaid fell to an indiscreet shot. Going for a booming drive off Borren, he offered a regulation catch to Peter Seelaar at extra cover.

Brief Scores: Netherlands 160 all out in 46.2 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 53*, Tom Cooper 29, Eric Szwarczynski 28; Abdur Razzak 3 for 29, Suhrawadi Shuvo 1 for 33, Ruben Hossain 1 for 36, Shakib Al Hasan 1 for 38) vs Bangladesh 98 for 2 in 25 overs (Imrul Kayes 56*, Junaid Siddique 16*; Mudassar Bukhari 1 for 8, Peter Borren 1 for 23).

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