New Delhi: The Dutch players found it hard to negotiate the Bangladeshi spinners as they fell for a paltry total of 160, before crumbling to a six-wicket defeat in their Group A match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong on Monday.
What seemed like a cockfight of minnows to many was, in fact, a battle for survival for the battered Bangladeshis and the tigers roared to a convincing win against the Oranje keeping their quarter-final hopes alive.
Under the bright sun and surrounded by a partisan crowd, the Dutch cringed their teeth and toiled hard but even Ryan ten Doeschate’s brilliance was not enough to break the Bangladeshi spin-web on Monday.
The spin trio of Abdur Razzaq, Shakib Al-Hasan and Suhrawadi Shuvo kept the opposition on their toes with a disciplined display of spin bowling that ensured the Dutch never took their flight. The spinners shared five wickets between them with an economy rate good enough to put even Shylock to shame.
More ironical was the fact that all three of the Bangladeshi spinners were left-armers which made for a rare exhibition of the revered art.
However, full credit should go to the Bangladeshi captain for showing enough confidence in his magic weavers. The intention and trust was evident from the very start when Abdur Razzak was asked to open the bowling with pacer Shafiul Islam and from there every move of his just struck gold.