Bangladesh vs Netherlands Match Preview
Bangladesh find themselves in a must-win situation in their game against Netherlands at Chittagong.
Will he put up a fine all-round performance?
In what could be a very exciting game of the day, Bangladesh will take on Netherlands at the ZAC Stadium in Chittagong. The match will be played on March 14 and could just assist in deciding whether Bangladesh still have a chance of going through to the next round or whether they will need a miracle.
The equation, however, is not as simple. For one, Bangladesh do need to beat Netherlands, simply because they have only one game remaining after this match and that is against the South Africa. South Africa is a much better side than most in the competition and despite having beaten them in the 2007 edition of the tournament, Bangladesh will not have it easy against them.
Then again, even if Bangladesh win this game, they will go only up to six points. England already have five and a win in their last game will push them to seven, while West Indies who have six, have a couple of games remaining â€“ against India and England. Even if West Indies lose both, their net run-rate is so high that even if they were to end on six points, they would end up pipping Bangladesh to the post.
So, one can be rest assured that the side will not look to go into the permutations that could arise. They will want to win and win as big as possible. And to do that, they will need their batsmen to come really good in the game. So far, the batting has done alright in only one of the four games that they have played in and that will be a big worry for the likes of Shakib al Hasan and the think tank.
Fortunately for them, both, the pace bowlers and spinners have begun to come good and on the Chittagong pitch, they will be greatly assisted.
As compared to that, Netherlands started the tournament well with the bat when they made 292 against England. However, the English batsmen overhauled the total and since then, the Dutch have lost to West Indies, South Africa and India, all thanks to some poor batting.
Ryan ten Doeschate hasnâ€™t been able to do much after that initial century and none of the bowlers apart from Pieter Seelar have bowled too well either. For this game, what they will hope to do is to bowl first if they could win the toss and put the pressure on the opposition given that the wicket would be a tad sticky to bat on early morning.
Bangladesh vs Netherlands Match Report
Bangladesh easily brushed Netherlands aside with a six-wicket win
Kayes wins the man of the match again
Bangladesh got the two points that they needed from the Netherlands game when they overpowered them by six wickets at the ZAC Stadium in Chittagong. This was the 32nd game of the World Cup and Bangladeshâ€™s fifth game.
It was a strange decision by Netherlands to bat first on a damp wicket after winning the toss. What that resulted in was some early movement for the Bangladeshi bowlers and Shafiul Islam took full advantage of that.
Netherlands openers Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi did try to get off the blocks but Islamâ€™s superb bowling stalled any progress that was attempted to be made. In a six-over spell, Islam conceded only seven runs and ensured that only 28 came off the first nine for the loss of Barresi.
Mudassar Bukhari, who had been sent to scatter the Bangladeshi bowlers got one four but was soon dismissed while Szwarczynskiâ€™s patchy innings of 28 (63 balls) was ended in an unlucky run-out at the non-strikerâ€™s end.
Tom Cooper (29) had looked good at the crease for the time that they were there but that also meant that once he was out, the struggle was back. Cooper became the second batsman to be run-out in the game when he was brilliantly dismissed by the falling throw of the wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
It was Rahim who stumped Alexei Kervezee for 18 off Shuvo and that signalled the end of half the side for 113. Ryan ten Doeschate was the only batsman who still tried to add sanity to the proceedings but without too much support, all he could do is to get to 53. The last five batsman collectively made 7 runs and the Dutch were bowled out for 160 in the 47th over.
161 was not a challenging total on a flat wicket like that. Tamim Iqbal did fall in the very first over of the game but that hardly helped the side, which was bolstered by the previous gameâ€™s man of the match, Imrul Kayesâ€™ half-century.
Kayes was brilliant in his composure and even after Junaid Siddique departed and left a struggling Shahriar Nafees at the crease, he did not panic. In the end, Siddique got his bearings right, made 37 and fell to Tom Cooper. Cooper picked up the wicket o Shakib before the game was sealed off by Rahim with a four and a six.
Kayes won his second consecutive man of the match award and the win gave them the entry into the top four of the points table.