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Bangladesh v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup 2011, Chittagong

Netherlands out to ruin hosts' party

Sidharth Monga in Chittagong

March 13, 2011

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Netherlands drew the wrong group in this World Cup. They must feel rotten every time they watch Canada and Kenya go through the motions in the other group. However, Group B has been richer for their presence, and they have contributed in their own way in making the group interesting, not least by scoring 292 against England and having India at 99 for 4. Now that they cannot make it to the quarter-finals, Netherlands draw motivation from knowing that they can make the group even more interesting by ruining on a party or two.

"I am not too sure how it will suit Ireland, as in them trying to qualify, but Bangladesh are right in the mix to qualify," Peter Borren, their captain, said. "Ireland also there or thereabouts. It definitely will be our intention to ruin that party for them, and I guess it's nice at this time with our games against Bangladesh and Ireland. It's good that they still have a bearing on the tournament, on the qualification for the next round. It is a very strong group, and we have seen it's not been easy to predict results. It's just great that we can go in there, and the matches that we play still count."

If Netherlands manage to cause an upset in their next game, against Bangladesh, they will have done them a major disservice, for then Bangladesh will have to win against South Africa to have any shot at making it to the next round. They can draw inspiration from their only international meeting with Bangladesh, a six-wicket win in Glasgow, but they know the Glasgow result matters as much to Chittagong as Scotland does to this World Cup.

"There is no doubt we get some positives out of the win we had against Bangladesh last year," Borren said. "We have played them once, and we have had that win. It was in completely different conditions, foreign conditions for Bangladesh, and the end of a long tour for them. We take positives out of it, but we are very realistic about the challenge we are going to confront tomorrow, and in these conditions Bangladesh are obviously a very difficult team to beat."

Peter Borren addresses the press ahead of the World Cup, Colombo, February 9, 2011
Netherlands have no hopes of qualification, but can ruin a party or two © Getty Images

Netherland's big challenge will be no prior knowledge of the conditions that have managed to surprise the best of the teams. Moreover they have hardly played Bangladesh at top levels. "Our knowledge of our opponents and the conditions are pretty limited," Borren said. "We have watched them play quite a bit, and we saw them play here in Bangladesh, against England the other night, so we are pretty aware of what we are going to come up against. And conditions as well, something we have practised quite a lot playing against spin on slow wickets, coming into this tournament. I guess the match tomorrow, the conditions that we are going to get, are the epitome of what we have been training for."

Netherlands will try to prey on the fact that Bangladesh have a lot more to lose, and that they can be an inconsistent side. "Tomorrow, us coming here and beating Bangladesh at home would be an upset I guess," Borren said. "As we have seen, Bangladesh can be an unpredictable team, a team which has its problem with consistence. After a really good win they had the other day, I know we still have a good chance of beating them tomorrow. That's what we'll be looking to do."

Netherlands might not have much to lose in terms of progression to the next rounds, but they have their goals to attain. Having played the tough teams until now, they are looking to turn a corner in terms of results. "Coming into this tournament we wanted to create chances to win games, and we wanted to try and take those chances," Borren said. "So far we've had a pretty difficult draw, we've come up against four top teams probably, on paper. Obviously tomorrow and Ireland are not going to be easy games.

"But you know we have played against four top teams, we have played two good games against England and I think we competed well with India the other day. Two disappointing performances against South Africa and West Indies in between. To be honest, we have played those four really really tough games, we now look to win these two last games. If we can leave having played four tough games, playing well in them, and then winning these two last games, I think we will be very happy with that."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 14, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

Bangladesh will win this match. The Netherlands is unable to protect Bangladesh's victory. Beware of Bangladesh. Tigers are coming to dominate Cricket World.

Posted by Calvin on (March 13, 2011, 23:24 GMT)

Netherlands is weak against spin but if Doeschate gets going then its doomsday for Bangladesh.

Posted by V.L on (March 13, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

Take these guys lightly at your own peril Bangladesh. These guys have a history of springing surprises. If Doeschate comes good again, then Bangladesh have a serious fight at hands. Just a heads up from a friend accross the border. Good luck!

Posted by Shabbir on (March 13, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

Do Netherlands have a chance to beat Bangladesh? ... YES they do. They beat them one in 2007 and in this WC ENGLAD were made to struggle. Also INDIA were searching for some answers in their match with them at some points. HOWEVER Bangladesh showed disciplined bowling against England and the batting temperament up to Kayes and Shakib was good enough (practice running between the wicktes boys!). Shafiul and Mahmadullah will be now looking to add to the run total if they get a chance. So Netherlands do have a chance but Bangladesh have a greater chance. Bangladesh to win!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 13, 2011, 18:03 GMT)

I think Bangladesh will improve their net run rate ...............and will win easily .

Posted by Rafiq on (March 13, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

Oranje sounding a bit too hopeful here, in their goals for beating Bangladesh and Ireland. Nothing wrong with that, but they underestimate how tough these matches will be for them. Not having to deal with the dew (this being a daytime game) might be the best thing going for them. When it comes to football, my colors are oranje. But not in cricket. And not in our house!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 13, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

I hope every party is strong in this worl cup, Netherlands can be kill our party if our party will do any mistake. I think Bangladesh should be careful with this match becouse this macth is very importent for bangladesh. Nothing impossible in the world but nothing possible without good plan, My best wishes to bangladesh Tiger Team....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 13, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

I think Netherlands is going to loose their wickets just too quickly. Bangladesh have really a big chance to improve their net ran rate...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 13, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

Netherlands a good team,we have seen them play well against big teams,Tigers must not take them lightly.ODI is no ones game,any thing could happen at any stage of the game.Toss will play a big factor.Abdur Razzak opens the bowlings would be a good idea.Goodluck Tigers a win will take you to the doors of quater finals.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 13, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

The only and easiest way to ruin the Dutch's commitment to ruin us is for Bangladesh to concentrate on natural game. They should not listen to what the opponent is saying at the moment. On the other hand, if Bangladesh wish to go for a big innings to increase the net run-rate, they may simply be making another big mistake. I have full faith in the team as long as they display their natural talent in all the three departments. Bowling and fielding from the last game while batting in the game against India. They need some long partnerships and avoid repeating those silly mistakes like run-outs etc. Arif Khadem, Sydney

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