Cricket WC 2023 Netherlands beat Bangladesh
The Netherlands won their second World Cup by 87 runs thanks to Paul van Meekeren’s 4-23 and skipper Scott Edwards’ 68.
The Dutch posted a competitive 229 on a tricky Eden Gardens pitch thanks to Edwards’ knock.
Bangladesh were rolled for 142 as the Dutch clinically closed out an emphatic victory despite Mehidy Miraz’ 35.
With the win, the Netherlands move up to eighth in the table, while England is at the bottom.
The Dutch bowler van Meekeren skilfully winkled out Bangladesh’s top order with wickets of Najmul Shanto (9), Shakib Al Hasan (5) and Mushfiqur Rahim (1), following a good start with the ball from the Dutch.
There were two instances when Bangladesh was on the verge of recovery from 70-6, only for the Dutch to intervene.
Bas de Leede’s brilliant fielding to run out Mahedi Hasan (17) ended the seventh-wicket stand of 38 between Mahmudullah (20) and Mahedi Hasan (17).
Aryan Dutt caught Mahmudullah by Durham’s all-rounder to signal Bangladesh’s end.
Taking the final wicket of Taskin Ahmed – held by De Leede in the deep – Van Meekeren sealed the win with 46 balls left.
Wesley Barresi had counter-attacked for the Netherlands after they had lost both openers early on after winning the toss and batting first.
In his first appearance at the World Cup, Barresi was the most fluent of any Dutch batter en route to a run-a-ball 41.
Following being dropped twice in the same over, Edwards made his second half-century of the tournament with a patient knock off 89 balls.
With four top-order batters caught behind, Bangladesh’s impudent batters appeared unprepared for the patient lines and lengths of Van Beek, Van Meekeren and De Leede.
As well as his aggressive field placements, Edwards’ dismissal of Shanto, held at second slip off Van Meekeren, exemplified his aggressive strategy.