Chittagong: Their World Cup campaign back on track after a shock win over England, Bangladesh will be eyeing nothing less than a victory against the Netherlands in their penultimate Group B league match here on Monday to stay in contention for a quarter-final berth.
After defeats at the hands of India and the West Indies, who shot them out for their lowest ODI total of 58, Bangladesh bounced back with an upset over England to keep their hopes alive.
Chasing a modest 225, Bangladesh rode on an unbeaten 58-run ninth-wicket partnership between Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam to stun England by two wickets in a day-night clash at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium here on Friday.
With four teams from each pool making it to the knock-out round, the win meant Bangladesh are back in the hunt for a quarter-final spot from an unpredictable Group B. Bangladesh are currently lying fifth in Group B with four points from four matches, just behind England who are on five points from five games.
The Tigers cannot afford a slip up against the Dutch in the day match on Monday as their last league match is against mighty South Africa.
Bangladesh still can progress to the quarterfinals if they beat the Netherlands on Monday and lose to South Africa. But for that to happen, they will have to hope that England lose to the West Indies in their last group match in Chennai on Thursday.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is aware how crucial Monday’s match is and said his side is confident after their terrific win over England.
“The win over England has opened the way for us and we must take advantage of that. We now have a very good chance to make the quarter-finals. We must focus on our last two games. We don’t want to go out of the tournament early,” Shakib said.
Coach Jamie Siddons said the co-hosts will have to carry on the momentum and cannot afford to relax against the Dutch.
“We are focussing on the Netherlands game. We have given ourselves every chance to be in the quarter-finals,” Siddons said on the eve of the match.
The Netherlands, on the other hand, will play for pride as they are already out of the quarter-final race having lost all their four previous matches.
But if the Dutch want to beat Bangladesh on Monday, they will have to raise their game as they have been inconsistent in the tournament.
The Netherlands gave England a run for their money in their opening match but then succumbed to two heavy defeats -- by 215 runs against the West Indies and by 231 runs against South Africa -- before bowing to India by five wickets.
Even Dutch captain Peter Borren was candid enough to admit that consistency is something which his team has been lacking in the tournament.
“We’ve been inconsistent. It’s never easy. We don’t get to play at this level very often. But we still want to get a win or two on the board,” Borren said.
However, going by the head-to-head record, the Dutch enjoy an edge over their rivals as they defeated Bangladesh in the lone match the two sides have played against each other.
In the only rain-curtailed 36 overs match between the two sides in Glasgow last year, the Dutch defeated Bangladesh by six wickets which will give them some confidence going into Monday’s match.
The Netherlands will be hoping for a big innings from Top Cooper and all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who notched up the first century of the World Cup scoring 119 off 110 balls against England in their opening game.
On the bowling front, left-arm spinner Pieter Seelar impressed in the tournament snaring three wickets apiece against the West Indies and India.
The Teams (from):
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Shahriar Nafees, Raqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Suhrawadi Shuvo.
The Netherlands: Peter Borren (capt), Adeel Raja, Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Tom de Grooth, Alexei Kervezee, Bradley Kruger, Bernard Loots, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Szwarczynski, Ryan ten Doeschate, Berend Westdijk, Bas Zuiderent.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and and Rod Tucker (AUS)
TV umpire: Daryl Harper (AUS)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand).