The Bangladesh T20 cricket team struggled to get by the Netherlands in their first match of the T20 World Cup qualifying round in Dharamsala, India, and now must face Ireland — a desperate side in a must-win situation — in their second game.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m. Eastern: The Bangladesh vs. Ireland mach was been delayed by rain, after the Netherlands vs. Oman match earlier on Friday was abandoned without a ball bowled — eliminating Netherlands from the possibility of advancement. Bangladesh and Ireland held the toss at 8:25 p.m. local time — 10:25 a.m United States Eastern — for a match reduced to 12 overs per side.
But the Bangladesh batting woes against Netherlands were not the only cause for concern to come out of that match, as the Tigers look to eliminate Ireland and set up a dramatic Sunday showdown with Oman for the right to advance into the tournament’s Super 10.
Not a single Bangladesh batter outside of opener Tamim Iqbal posted more than 15 runs on Wednesday against the Dutch bowling. Fortunately, Tamim batted through the innings, ending up at 83 not out, more than half of the Bangladesh total of 153.
But the Tigers bowling attack cracked down on the Dutch, led by a pair of wickets taken by Al-Amin Hossain and a four-over spell by Captain Mashrafe Mortaza which included a wicket and a remarkable economy rate of 3.5.
Bangladesh 20-year-old right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed also bowled the full four overs, and while he did not take a wicket he held Netherlands bats to an economy of just 5.25 as the Tigers stopped the Dutch eight runs short.
Watch highlights of the Bangladesh vs. Netherlands match in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Bangladesh vs. Ireland second T20 World Cup qualifying match for both teams, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The crucial match is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. local time at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, India, on Friday, March 11.
For cricket fans in the United States, the Bangladesh vs. Ireland live stream starts at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, 6 a.m. Pacific.
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Batting concerns weren’t the only issue to arise from the Bangladesh match against Netherlands. To the bewilderment of Tigers Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha, bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny were reported by the on-field umpires to the ICC, on suspicion of illegal bowling actions. The pair will be permitted to bowl without making adjustments in the Ireland match, but their future in the T20 World Cup could be in question going forward.
“I don’t see anything wrong. They have bowled the same way as the last 12 months,” said a baffled Hathurusingha Thursday. “(The umpires) have officiated the matches they have been playing, they must have seen something different (on Wednesday). That’s all I can say. I haven’t spoken to (the ICC) yet but that’s a big concern.”
Angry Bangladesh fans quickly circulated the below image on social media, comparing the supposedly suspect action of Taskin, on the left, with India pacer Jasprit Bumrah — whose elbow is clearly cocked in the image.
As for Ireland, they suffered a stunning two-wicket upset loss to Oman, also on Wednesday, and now must defeat Bangladesh, as a loss in the game will eliminate them from the possibility of advancement.
— Bangladesh News (@BDnews) March 11, 2016
Earlier on Friday, Oman takes on the Netherlands and with a win would set up a do-or-die showdown with Bangladesh on Sunday — if the Tigers defeat Ireland as well.
Star Sports will carry a live stream of the match at this link. But the most reliable way to watch the Bangladesh vs. Netherlands T20 Cricket World Cup qualifying round opening match for both teams via live stream in the United States is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link, as well as on the Willow app for mobile devices or on Willow TV’s own site, accessible by clicking here with a monthly subscription fee.
There are legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the Bangladesh vs. Netherlands T20 Cricket World Cup qualifying round opening match, such as the offer at this link. The best bet would be the one-month free trial of Sling TV’s International Sports Package, which includes Willow. Information on that deal can be found at this link. The India-based site CricHD will also carry a stream at this link.
[Featured Photo By A.M. Ahad / Associated Press]