World T20: Top three performers as Bangladesh edge past Netherlands

An inspired innings from Tamim Iqbal helped Bangladesh to victory over the Netherlands. Find out who the top three performers were in the game.

World T20: Top three performers as Bangladesh edge past Netherlands
The Tigers prevailed in the Group A opener (Getty Images)

Bangladesh prevailed against a resilient Netherlands side by eight runs in their opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Dharamsala.

Tamim Iqbal batted through his sides innings hitting 83 from 58 balls, but lacked any sort of support as the Tigers posted 153-7 from their 20 overs.

Despite the efforts of Stephan Myburgh and captain Pete Borren, who both made 29, the Dutch fell short on 145-7 due to some tight bowling at the death.

Find out which three players who stood out in the opening game of Group A.

Iqbal was the pick of the bunch was a superb innings (Getty Images)
Iqbal was the pick of the bunch was a superb innings (Getty Images)

Tamim Iqbal - Bangladesh

Iqbal single-handedly helped Bangladesh to a very respectable total, the opener kept the innings together throughout.

His composure shone through, especially with no other batsman making it past 15, and some remarkable stroke-play was pleasing on the eye.

He smashed six boundaries, including some crunching blows, and three maximums which sailed into the stands.

Iqbal will be one to watch for the tournament, especially with his brute strength, and if the Tigers are to make it to the Super 10 stage, he will be key for them at this part of the tournament.

Mortaza's leadership earned him a place in the top three (Getty Images)
Mortaza's leadership earned him a place in the top three (Getty Images)

Mashrafe Mortaza - Bangladesh

The Bangladesh skipper didn’t really make an impact with the bat in the game, it was his leadership and bowling that got him into the top three.

His bowling at the middle of the Netherlands innings and near the end was sublime, taking figures of 1-14 from his four-over-spell, that included 14 dot balls.

He looked set for an innings alongside Iqbal when it came to batting, but after clubbing a big maximum, the ball after, he found the fielder and returned to the dugout.

van der Gugten was the pick of the Dutch attack (Getty Images)
van der Gugten was the pick of the Dutch attack (Getty Images)

Timm van der Gugten - Netherlands

There were a few Dutch players who had great games today, however, for his magnificent bowling in the first innings, especially at the death, van der Gugten makes the top three.

Just when the Netherlands needed a player to step up to the mark, the paceman finished with figures of three for 21 from his four-over-spell, including 12 dot balls.

Removing big name players such as Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim and the Bangladesh skipper Mortaza, helped his side keep in contention in the game.