Bangladesh v Netherlands, WT20 qualifier, Group A, Dharamsala March 8, 2016

Netherlands' chance to bring down another Full Member


Match facts

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Start time 1500 local (0930 GMT)

Remember the time Netherlands chased down 190 in 13.5 overs at the World T20? © ICC

Big Picture

Two years ago, the Netherlands needed to chase 190 runs in 14.2 overs against Ireland to qualify to the main draw of the World T20. Nobody gave them a chance during the ten-minute innings break before they took about an hour or so to prove everyone wrong. They did it in 13.5 overs.

Later in the tournament, they went on to beat England by 45 runs. If they are looking for inspiration this time round, they can look back to those two games. And that's exactly their problem ahead of the clash against the in-form Bangladesh side. That win over England in Chittagong was also their last T20I against a Full Member.

Bangladesh will be a formidable opponent simply because of recent form. They are Asia Cup runners-up from three days ago, having beaten Pakistan and Sri Lanka in heady battles before going down to India in the final. Mashrafe Mortaza's side has become a threat to nearly every team that has come their way since the end of 2014, with the likes of Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain and Taskin Ahmed becoming match-winners.

Mashrafe would want the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim to get back into batting form while Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar have shown they are hitting it off the middle of the bat.

Netherlands meanwhile have the likes of Stephan Myburgh, the Cooper brothers and a steady bowling attack, led by captain Peter Borren, to thwart Bangladesh who are slightly disadvantaged by arriving later than the Dutch in Dharamsala. Netherlands also have the memory of previously beating Bangladesh in T20I cricket to buoy them.

Form guide

Bangladesh LWWWL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Netherlands LWWWW

Watch out for

Taskin Ahmed bowled superbly in the Asia Cup final, and his late wicket and five-run over in the dying stages gave Bangladesh hope until MS Dhoni clattered Al-Amin Hossain for big sixes. Taskin has shown rare consistency at high pace, something his side has lacked for a long time.

Tom Cooper is back in orange as a last-minute addition, and is in the Netherlands squad for the first time since the 2014 World T20 where he finished as second highest run-getter. His experience would surely be crucial, especially against a Bangladesh bowling attack that has started well recently.

Team news

Whether Mustafizur Rahman will recovery from a side strain in time for the game is Bangladesh's only concern, though they would also like to have a look at the Dharamsala pitch to decide if they want to go with a four-man pace attack.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Al-Amin Hossain, 10 Arafat Sunny/Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Taskin Ahmed

Vivian Kingma and Pieter Seelaar could miss out, the latter to Roelof van der Merwe's T20 experience. Either of Logan van Beek and Paul van Meekeren could be picked in the XI.

Netherlands (probable) 1 Stephan Myburgh, 2 Wesley Barresi (wk), 3 Ben Cooper, 4 Tom Cooper, 5 Roelof van der Merwe, 6 Tim van der Gugten, 7 Ahsan Malik, 8 Logan van Beek/Paul van Meekeren, 10 Peter Borren (capt), 11 Mudassar Bukhari

Pitch and conditions

After successive days of hailstorms in Dharamsala and snowfall in the mountains a little higher up, Tuesday was a quiet and sunny day. Much of the same is expected on Wednesday. There will be dew in the evening. The pitch looks very dry, almost like cement, with a bit of grass in the middle that should not affect things much. Expect good carry and bounce, which should suit both teams' pace bowlers.

Stats and trivia

  • Bangladesh and Netherlands last faced in July 2012 when they drew a T20 series 1-1
  • Stephan Myburgh has the highest strike-rate (123.25) against Full Members among the four Dutch batsmen to have scored 100-plus T20I runs


"We took the flight [from Dhaka] on Monday morning and reached at 6 pm in the evening. We didn't have much time to practice and adjust, but I guess we will take much confidence from the Asia Cup."
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza

"I think Bangladesh are clear favourites, which is not affecting us in terms of pressure. It is a good thing for us."
Netherlands captain Peter Borren

Read Aakash Chopra's analysis of Bangladesh's strengths and weaknesses

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Protap on March 9, 2016, 11:14 GMT

    Exclude Tamim, it is pathetic to see BD's batting skeleton against an associate team. BD will win. T20 is most cases a one man show. Looks like today for BD Tamim is that man.

  • Saq on March 9, 2016, 10:08 GMT

    BD of to a flier. Can't see them losing to the Dutch. Go, Tigers. From Pk.

  • Mradul on March 9, 2016, 9:59 GMT

    Barring any miracles this will be an easy Win for BD. BD has been playing really well and i think NL do not have enough power to challenge them. Atleast BD is one team which is certain to make it to the main league, the contest will be for the second team to qualify.

  • Altaf on March 9, 2016, 8:56 GMT

    I feel Netherlands will upset Bangladesh, considering some facts like BD has just arrived in India and i don't remember when last time BD had played any match in India. Second thing Netherlands will mind to play fearless since they don't have something to lose... Btw i am supporting to "Netherlands"

  • Sriram on March 9, 2016, 8:34 GMT

    Netherlands is playing in a world tournament and even have some native dutch playing the game! but 9.5 out of 10 in Netherlands don't know what is cricket! and I guess 2/10 don't know India!!

  • ANIKET on March 9, 2016, 8:32 GMT

    Stephan Myburgh , Wesley Barresi , Peter Borren AND Roelof van der Merwe are key batsmen for NL . They have a very good batting lines up and also a formidable pace attack and good fielding but spin department is left arms and leg spin oriented and useless for Left handers . Dharamsala pitch is similar to Mirpur in final match with small grass but ground is much bigger . For BD Shakib is the key player for his spin bowl otherwise both teams are similar and in India there are many BD peoples so except India match they will get crowd supports too . This match is 60:40 in favor of BD I think .

  • Masud on March 9, 2016, 8:30 GMT

    If BD play their natural game surely they will win today.

  • Sayak on March 9, 2016, 8:08 GMT

    All the best to Bangladesh from a Bengali. But beware of the Dutch. On their day, they can shock any side as England came to know at their own cost in the last T-20 wc.

  • Ashoke on March 9, 2016, 8:03 GMT

    Nobody knows in Netherland that their land is taking part in T20. They even do no know what T20 means. Media ignores cricket totally. They are not aware of the WK T20 is taking place in India. In other words people totally ignores cricket in Netherland barred some pakistanis who live here.

  • Shabbir on March 9, 2016, 8:03 GMT

    Good luck to NED, I think they have a few strong points, they're batting and fielding seem to be strong. The other advantages are that they have acclimatised to the conditions whereas BAN only arrived two days ago and have not even had a practice match! The schedule set out for BAN is interesting to say the least. Regardless, BAN are of course still favourites to win but in T20 anything can happen, after all BAN beat SL and PAK in the Asia Cup and reached the final against IND ... Who knew?

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