As a result of the Netherlands’ shocking 87-run victory over Bangladesh in Kolkata, England is now in last place in their Cricket World Cup group. With the help of a furious spell from their spinner Paul van Meekeren and a spirited fifty from Scott Edwards, the Netherlands were able to beat Bangladesh for the second time in the tournament and move out of last place.
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Quick Recap: Netherlands vs Bangladesh
Bangladesh, needing 230 runs to win, fell to 70-6 in just 18 overs because of the disruptive bowling of Van Meekeren in the middle order and the dismissal of set batsman Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 35 by Bas de Leede. The squad eventually crumbled for 142 in 42.2 overs.
The Dutch seamers put pressure on Bangladesh by bowling at varying speeds and obtaining bounce off the slow track at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. With the dismissal of Mohammad Mahmudullah, the Dutch were well on their way to a historic victory.
Late hitting by Logan van Beek (23 not out) helped the Netherlands reach 229. Earlier, Edwards rode his luck to score 68 runs, which revived the innings after a slow start. Sybrand Engelbrecht also contributed with 35 runs.
Shoriful Islam and Mahedi Hasan did a good job cleaning out the tail, but Bangladesh will be disappointed with the 74 runs the Netherlands’ lower order scored in the final 10 overs.
Edwards won the toss and elected to bat, but after losing both openers in the first 14 balls, Wesley Barresi helped repair the damage with 41 not out (including eight fours) before being lured into a bad shot by Mustafizur Rahman.
Colin Ackermann did not survive long, and if not for some careless catching by Bangladesh, the Dutch might have been in much more danger when Edwards was dropped twice while he was batting for zero in the 16th over.
De Leede was next caught behind by Taskin Ahmed for 17, putting the Netherlands in a precarious position at 107-5. Nonetheless, Edwards persevered with Engelbrecht, scoring his second fifty of the tournament and 15th overall, before being caught by Mustafizur off a wide yorker.
Due to their higher net run rate, Bangladesh (-1.338) continue to lead England (-1.634) in the rankings, but the Netherlands’ victory propelled them from last to eighth place in the 10-team table, keeping their slender semi-final qualification hopes alive.
Player of the Match: Paul van Meekeren
With the dismissal of Taskin Ahmed, Paul van Meekeren returns to the attack and ends Bangladesh’s innings. The Dutch, who had previously lost to Australia by 309 runs, celebrated wildly after Meekeren grabbed the final wicket.
As a result of the Dutch team’s high spirits, Bangladesh’s pursuit effort stalled out. A manageable chase quickly became a daunting and, eventually, an impossible one as they lost wickets at regular intervals and were unable to string together partnerships of any respectable length (38 was their highest).
Score: Netherlands v Bangladesh
|Netherlands won by 87 runs|
A fifth defeat in as many games ultimately ended Bangladesh’s hopes of advancing to the tournament’s semifinals. Two victories out of six matches isn’t great, but the fact that the Dutch have defeated two Test-playing countries should give them some confidence. Earlier in the tournament in Dharamsala, they had beaten South Africa by 38 runs.On Sunday, England plays hosts India in a crucial Cricket World Cup match that might determine whether or not England advances to the next round. On Tuesday, Bangladesh will play Pakistan, and the Netherlands will face Afghanistan. Check out our picks for the best online cricket betting sites India so you can make the most out of your bets on your favorite teams!