Netherlands has shocked the world once again! They won the toss today and elected to bat first. Their batting was simply terrible; the Bangladeshi bowling attack easily collapsed half the team. However, the batsmen fought hard and pushed the score from 107-5 to 229-10.
Setting a target of 230 runs for Bangladesh.
This was meant to be an easy win for Bangladesh, yet somehow, they became a part of an unexpected upset.
They were half down at 65 runs! (65-5). Paul Van Meekeren played a significant role in taking crucial wickets and bowling out Bangladesh at 42.2 overs to an embarrassing score of 142 runs (142-10). Thus, Netherlands won the match by 89 runs.
Scott Edwards (Netherlands Captain)
“I think it was easy to be fair,” Edwards said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. “We only had two days off. We were straight into travelling and into our plans.
We were saying if we could get 220 plus, we were in the game. The bottom order guys got us to a very competitive total. The bowlers have been awesome. Aryan, Colin, Bas everyone. We have been superb on the field. Bit of everything.
The system is getting more professional in Netherlands. We train incredibly hard. We always spoke at the start of the tournament that we aim for the semis. That remains our goal but we have a few tough games coming up”.
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh’s Captain)
“I thought we bowled very well,” Shakib said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com.
“We should have restricted them to 160-170. We have been very poor with the bat throughout the tournament. This is as bad as it gets. It is very difficult from here. We need to take this on our chin. Throughout this tournament we have been struggling.
Not sure what's going on the minds. Very unlike the Bangladesh team. The fans have been supporting us through our ups and downs”.