Bangladesh sealed their place in the Super 10 phase of the World T20 tournament with a 54-run victory against Oman in Dharamsala. The Tigers scored an imposing total of 180 for two from their 20 overs and easily defended the score in a rain-affected game.
Their innings was powered by a spectacular century from star batsman Tamim Iqbal, who scored 103 from 63 balls. The 26-year-old left-hander struck ten fours and five sixes during his eye-catching knock. Iqbal also received able support from Sabbir Rahman, who scored 44.
In replay, Oman lost two wickets during the six-over powerplay. A subsequent rain delay saw their target adjusted to 152 off 16 overs and they never threatened to chase it down. Oman lost two more wickets before the rain returned after 8.2 overs. A revised target of 120 from 12 overs was well beyond the reach of Oman and it was Bangladesh who easily won the game to top Group A.
Earlier in the day, Netherlands beat Ireland in another rain-affected match by 12 runs. The game was reduced to six overs per side and after Ireland won the toss and chose to field, Netherlands scored 59 for five.
Stephan Myburgh top-scored for the Dutch with 27 off 18 balls, which included five boundary fours. Meanwhile, left-arm spinner George Dockrell claimed impressive figures of 3 for 7 from his two-over spell.
Ireland's batting effort never gained any momentum, though, with three of their batsmen being dismissed without troubling the scorers. Paul van Meekeren claimed 4 for 11 for the Dutch, who won with relative ease.