We will look to ruin Bangladesh`s party: Borren

Last Updated: Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 17:30

Chittagong: Yet to win a single match, the Netherlands have no chance of qualifying for the World Cup quarterfinals but captain Peter Borren on Sunday said his team would look to spoil Bangladesh`s slim chances when they clash in a group B match here on Monday.

The Dutch take on Bangladesh in a Group B match in which a win for the hosts would improve their chances of making the knock-out stage.

"Bangladesh are right in the mix and definitely it will be our intention to ruin the party for them," Borren said ahead of the day match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.

"We are positive about it, but we are also very realistic about what will happen. In these conditions Bangladesh are obviously a very tough team to beat," he added.

The Netherlands played Bangladesh in Glasgow last year and won the rain-truncated match by six wickets. Borren said the Dutch are improving consistently. "So far we`ve had a pretty tough draw, we`ve come up against four top sides," the captain said.

"We played well against England and I think we competed against India, with two disappointing performances against South Africa and West Indies in between. If we can win the last two games, we`d be happy with that."

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons said beating the Dutch is an absolute must to keep his side`s quarterfinal chances alive.

"We have to beat the Dutch and then if England lose to the West Indies, we have a chance. Otherwise it will be very difficult," Siddons said.

"If England win, we can`t get in unless we win against South Africa, which is a very difficult task. I am not going to guarantee that we will win against South Africa. Also our run-rate is very poor," he added.

Siddons said Bangladeshi wickets are not as batting-friendly as India`s and therefore it was difficult to maintain good run rates. "The run-rate thing is really difficult here, because our wickets aren`t really 300-run wickets. Our wickets and our grounds are very different to those in India and Sri Lanka.

"The thing about run-rates is you have got to restrict the opposition. But scoring 300 and keeping them to 150 is not realistic. Not on our wickets," he said.

Despite the Netherlands being winless so far, Siddons said Bangladesh will not take Borren`s men lightly. "Don`t forget this team (England) drew with India and beat South Africa. And we beat them. It gives us a great deal of confidence. We are ready to go again," Borren said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 00:00

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