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Bangladesh has to improve a lot especially with their top-order batting: Habibul Bashar

Bangladesh won by nine runs against the Netherlands in the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup 2022.

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Bangladesh managed to survive the scare from Paul van Meekeren towards the end as they started their campaign in the T20 World Cup 2022 with a comprehensive victory over the Netherlands. Chasing 145 to win, the Dutch side lost four wickets for just 15 runs early and it meant that they were always behind the required run-rate.  

Colin Ackermann gave a real fight with a 62-run knock while Van Meekeren hit some lusty blows towards the end to keep their side in the hunt for a while. However, Bangladesh won the game by nine runs in the end on the back of a dream spell from Taskin Ahmed who picked up four wickets for 25 runs. Speaking on the game, former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar opined on areas that the Shakib-Al-Hasan-led side needs to work upon.  

When you score just 144, you’re always under pressure: Habibul Bashar 

Bashar mentioned that the concerns for Bangladesh in the shorter format has continued and explained how the side kept losing wickets at regular intervals which hampered their first-innings total. He noted that the total wasn’t going to be enough to exert enough pressure on the opponents and added that Bangladesh needs to improve on their top-order batting which has struggled a lot in recent times.  

“The problem that Bangladesh has in the T20 formats needs to improve. After having a good start, Bangladesh keeps losing wickets. Though Bangladesh won the game, when you score just 144, you’re always under pressure. One good innings and you can lose the game. Yes, Bangladesh won the game but they have to improve a lot especially with their top-order batting,” Habibul Bashar on 'BatBricks7 presents Run Ki Runneeti' show on CricTracker. 

The win also marked the first-ever victory for Bangladesh in the second round stages of T20 World Cups. They will now meet South Africa in their next encounter on Thursday (October 27) at the Sydney Cricket Ground.  

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