Netherlands shock Bangladesh to secure second victory in World Cup 2023

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Kolkata, OCT 29: The Netherlands have triumphed over Bangladesh by 87 runs in the 28th match of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

While defending a total of 230, the Dutch side bowled out Bangladesh for 142. This marks the second win for Scott Edwards and his team in this World Cup, having previously defeated South Africa by 38 runs.

Bangladesh collapsed to 70-6 inside 18 overs, with Van Meekeren (4-23) mowing down the middle order, and Bas de Leede dismissing the set batsman Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 35, before they folded for 142 in 42.2 overs.

The Dutch seamers varied their pace and extracted bounce from a slow wicket at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens to turn up the heat on Bangladesh, as De Leede (2-25) removed Mohammad Mahmudullah (20) to put them on course for a famous win.

Player of the match Van Meekeren claimed the final wicket to spark huge celebrations for the Netherlands, who lost by 309 runs to Australia last time out.

Edwards scored 68 to revive the innings after a poor start, and Sybrand Engelbrecht chipped in with 35 as the Netherlands scored 229 thanks to late hitting by Logan van Beek (23 not out).

“I was speaking to a couple of guys and we were saying that if we could get 220 plus, we would be in the game… it was nice that the bottom order guys got us to what we thought was a pretty competitive total,” Edwards said.

“I thought that we were awesome with the ball and probably even more so on the field, where we had let ourselves down in the last few games.”

RESPECTABLE TOTAL

Shoriful Islam (2-51) and Mahedi Hasan (2-40) cleaned up the tail, but Bangladesh was left to rue the fact they allowed the Netherlands lower order to accumulate 74 runs in the final 10 overs to post a respectable total.

The Netherlands lost both their openers in the first 14 balls after Edwards won the toss and chose to bat, but Wesley Barresi repaired the damage with a breezy 41, including eight fours, before Mustafizur Rahman (2-36) dismissed him.

Colin Ackermann fell for 15, and the British would have been in deeper trouble, but for sloppy catching by Bangladesh as Edwards was dropped twice off Mustafizur before he had scored.

Taskin Ahmed (2-43) had De Leede caught behind for 17 to leave the Netherlands teetering at 107-5, but Edwards soldiered on with Engelbrecht to score his second fifty of the tournament before Mustafizur snared him with a wide yorker.

“I thought we bowled really well but we were sloppy in the field,” Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said after his side dropped to ninth in the standings. “We should have restricted them from the position we were in to 160-170.

“We’ve been very poor with the bat all tournament and this is as bad as it gets. We have to pick ourselves up to be able to finish the tournament on a high.”