Sports Desk: dhakamirror.com
Bangladesh may start analyzing the Netherlands after Group A qualification ended yesterday. The Tigers will face the Dutch on October 24 in Hobart.
Despite losing by 16 runs against Sri Lanka, the Dutch are in the Super 12s as runners-up behind the Lankans after UAE beat Namibia by seven runs on Thursday.
Bangladesh, who were due to face Group A runners-up in their tournament opener, will now face Netherlands after six years. In 2016, Bangladesh beat Netherlands by eight runs in the preliminary round of the T20 World Cup in Dharamsala.
Group B matches feature West Indies vs. Ireland and Zimbabwe vs. Scotland. As all four teams are tied on two points, today’s victors will make the Super 12.
However, if bad weather spoils both games, Zimbabwe and Scotland would go through based on superior net run-rates over West Indies and Ireland.
So far, the two-time champions West Indies managed to down Zimbabwe to keep their qualification hopes alive following a shell-shocking defeat to Scotland. The Caribbeans are yet to produce a polished performance, struggling to live up to the tag of T20 specialists and lacking firepower that the big hitters promise.
Against Ireland, Windies are in for a tough hurdle as the Irish have momentum on their back as they are fresh off a remarkable turnaround against the Scottish, where Curtis Campher and George Dockrell rose from the ashes to stage a match-winning stand when all hope seemed lost.
Scotland won’t be demoralized by Zimbabwe despite their death-bowling misfire against Ireland. The game promises to be a thriller because both teams are in good form.