The much-anticipated clash between Bangladesh and Netherlands is scheduled for Saturday, 28 October, at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
It’s been over ten years since Bangladesh and Netherlands last faced each other in an ODI. Their only two encounters in this format took place in 2010 and 2011, with each team claiming a victory. Interestingly, Bangladesh secured their win on home turf in Chattogram during the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Despite their unfamiliarity, both teams find themselves in a similar predicament, with their World Cup 2023 campaigns teetering on the edge. The Netherlands, after a crushing 309-run defeat to Australia, replaced Bangladesh at the bottom of the standings. However, both teams still have a chance to resurrect their campaigns, with early victories in the tournament hinting at their potential.
This upcoming match presents a golden opportunity for both teams to secure a much-needed win and potentially salvage their World Cup journey.
Scott Edwards (c), Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, Sybrand Engelbrecht.
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc), Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.
Players to Watch
Netherlands – Bas de Leede
Despite a recent setback against Australia, all-rounder Bas de Leede remains a key player for the Netherlands. He holds the unfortunate record for the most runs conceded in an ODI innings, but has shown his prowess with the ball, claiming nine wickets in five matches. De Leede will be eager to make a significant contribution against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh – Mahmudullah
Veteran player Mahmudullah is a crucial asset for Bangladesh. He recently became the first Bangladeshi to score three centuries in Cricket World Cups. With an impressive average of 99 in the tournament so far, Mahmudullah is a significant threat to the Netherlands in this crucial match.