Bangladesh Vs Netherlands
Starting time: 9:30 am IST
Chittagong, March 13: Bangladesh will naturally be buoyant after their sensational victory two-wicket victory over England and will want to give themselves every chance of making the quarterfinals of the World Cup 2011 now. The home-side seems to have wrested the momentum required to conquer the Netherlands on Monday, March 14.
But they will be vary of one fact - the Dutch have beaten them in the only previous encounter the two sides have met in. The victory at the neutral venue of Glasgow, Scotland on July 20, 2010 was also quite convincing, the Netherlands taking the match by 6 wickets with 9 balls to spare.
In that encounter, Imrul Kayes top-scored for Bangladesh with 52 off 50 balls as Bangladesh posted a competitive 199 in a maximum of 30 overs with Dutch captain Peter Borren taking 3/30. But then Eric Szwarczynski, with 67 off 54 balls and later Wesley Barresi, who notched up 64 in 43 deliveries, took the game away from the Bangladeshis.
The batting between these two sides in the ongoing global event is comparable with Bangladeshi's highest run-getter Tamim Iqbal, averaging 38.00 to the Dutch's top run-maker Ryan ten Doeschate's 37.00. They are followed by Netherland's Tom Cooper who has been making 35.00 per match and who is just ahead of Bangladeshi's Shakib Al Hasan and Imrul Kayes with 27.75 each.
Bangladesh's bowling numbers appear more encouraging though, with Shafiul Islam taking 6 wickets from 4 matches at a robust average of 23.83, followed by Shakib Al Hasan who has 5 scalps to his credit at 27.80 runs conceded per scalp.
Whereas, the Dutch bowling in the World Cup 2011, hasn't been extremely impressive with off-spinner Pieter Seelar 7 scalps from 4 matches, but at a below-par 33.00 average, while seaming all-rounder ten Doeschate has only managed to ensnare 6 wickets at 39.00, proving to be quite expensive indeed.
The Netherlands will of course be hoping to make a statement in their upcoming match, eager to show that they are worthy of winning at least one game in the tournament. But the impetus is with the Bangladeshis and with a shot at the quarters hanging in the balance, they will certainly go all out to win the match on Monday.