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CWC 2023, BAN vs NED: Paul van Meekeren's 4-fer helps Netherlands sink Bangladesh's ship

CWC 2023, Netherlands vs Bangladesh: Scott Edwards’s 68, Paul van Meekeren's 4-23, and Aryan Dutt’s 1-26 are top performances. Netherlands beat Bangladesh by 87 runs.

CWC 2023, Netherlands vs Bangladesh: Netherlands beat Bangladesh and register their 2nd win | Walking Wicket (Photo: ©KNCBcricket/Twitter)
Netherlands beat Bangladesh and register their 2nd win (Photo: ©KNCBcricket/Twitter)

Brief Scores: Netherlands 229 (Edwards 68, Barresi 41, Mustafizur 2/36) beat Bangladesh 142 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz 35, Paul van Meekeren 4-23) by 87 runs.

Player of the Match: Paul Meekeren 4-23

The Netherlands created the biggest upset in CWC 2023 by defeating South Africa, which became the hottest headline a few days ago. It’s these headlines that keep the spirit of the WC alive. This time, the Dutch sprang another surprise by defeating Bangladesh in the historical Eden Gardens and handed Bangladesh its fifth defeat in the tournament. The Netherlands defeated Bangladesh by 87 runs courtesy of the vital contribution from the skipper Edwards and a tight bowling spell from Meekeren.

Talking point: Netherlands’s tight and disciplined bowling helped defend a low-score affair in Eden Gardens

It’s not an unknown fact how Eden Gardens pitches produce a good run fest for the batting teams. Bangladesh did well to restrict the Netherlands to a scoreline of 229. But what was quite astonishing was how sticking to the basics of the game can still keep a team ahead, and that’s what the Netherlands did today. The Dutch bowlers wreaked havoc on the Bangladesh batters from the powerplay overs and claimed the wickets of openers Litton Das and Tanzid Hasan. The tight and disciplined bowling from the Netherlands never really allowed Bangladesh's batting to flourish, and the batters were under considerable pressure as they could not hit big runs and rotate the strike.

This unsettled the Bangladesh batting order, which made them commit errors, and the credit for it goes to the Dutch bowlers. The Netherlands managed to create a low score upset against a much more experienced subcontinental team, Bangladesh. It looks like the Netherlands is a bankable team when it comes to defending, and it has done this earlier in the same event against a much stronger team, South Africa. This team has immense potential to create a few more upsets.

Now it is time to discuss the top three performances from the Netherlands vs Bangladesh game

CWC 2023, Netherlands vs Bangladesh_ Scott Edwards' scored 68 against Bangladesh _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©KNCBcricket_Twitter)
Scott Edwards' scored 68 against Bangladesh (Photo: ©KNCBcricket/Twitter)
Scott Edwards leading from the front with his 68

Whenever the Netherlands seems to be in deep trouble with all the top-order batters losing their wickets in quick succession, it’s the Dutch skipper Scott Edwards who plays a pivotal role in getting the Netherlands to respectable and defendable scores. When the Netherlands lost half its team on a scoreline of 107 in 27 overs, it was the skipper Edwards’s sensible and mature knock of 68 that helped the team to rescue from a low score shame. Edwards stitched a 78-run stand with Engelbrecht to help get the team close to 200. Scott’s calm demeanor is reflected in his playing style and shot selection, taking minimum risk till the team is out of the dire straits. Courtesy of Edwards’s innings, the lower-order batters contributed their bit as well, and the Netherlands crossed the 200 mark to post a total of 229 on board, which ultimately turned out to be a match-winning score for the Netherlands.

Paul van Meekeren rips through the Bangladesh middle order

Paul van Meekeren produced an elegant spell that tore apart the Bangladesh middle order. He claimed the wickets of Najmul Hussain Shanto, the experienced duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, to throw Bangladesh under the bus. He finally took the wicket of the struggling Taskin Ahmed, who fought for 35 balls to give Bangladesh a glimmer of hope, but the ask was too difficult to achieve. Meekeren’s disciplined line and length bowling, along with the mixing of lengths and speeds, helped him trouble the Bangladesh batters, and he ended his magnificent spell, returning with figures of 7.2-23-4.

CWC 2023, Netherlands vs Bangladesh_ Aryan Dutt's economical spell 1-26 helps Netherlands beat Bangladesh _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©KNCBcricket_Twitter)
Aryan Dutt's economical spell 1-26 helps NED (Photo: ©KNCBcricket/Twitter)
Aryan Dutt's economical spell 1-26

New Zealand has produced Rachin Ravindra; even the Netherlands can now claim they have Aryan Dutt. Aryan Dutt’s economical spells and the knack of taking wickets, along with contributing with a bat in the lower order with some clean-looking shots, exquisite boundaries, and sixes, have proven that if he is tested by promoting him up the order, he can be groomed as an all-rounder. Aryan Dutt today claimed an important wicket of the Bangladesh opener Litton Das in the 5th over to put Bangladesh on the back foot in the run-chase. And nobody can forget how Dutt charged up South African bowlers and hit them 3 sixes, which ultimately turned out to be the margin of winning for the Dutch.

Statistical highlights from Netherlands vs Bangladesh, CWC 2023
  • Scott Edwards registered the highest individual score (68) for the number 5 position for the Netherlands in the ODI WC.

  • The sixth wicket stand of 78 runs between Scott Edwards & Sybrand Engelbrecht is the highest for this wicket for the Netherlands in ODI WC.

  • Paul van Meekeren produced the best figures for the Netherlands in ODI WC, taking 4-23 wickets.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Points Table
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Points Table
Points Table from Netherlands vs Bangladesh
Points Table & What’s Next

The Netherlands created one more upset by defeating the subcontinent conditions experienced by team Bangladesh. Both the teams are still mathematically alive in the mega competition. Netherlands is placed at 8th position with NRR of -1.277 while Bangladesh is placed at 9th position in -1.338.

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