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Bangladesh Attempt To Crush Dutch


After their sensational win against England, no changes are expected from Bangladesh leading into their clash with the Dutch.

This team will be hoping to use last week’s morale boost to record a win in a match where they are expected to triumph. If they pull off a win here will find themselves their first ever ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final berth.

The Dutch, however, will be out to ruin the party in a clash that they would have targeted pre-tournament as a potential win.

Much like the hosts, the Netherlands can be happy with their last performance against India and are not expected to make any changes, bar that of the potential inclusion of Bernard Loots as they look to add some bowling depth to their side.

Bangladeshcoach Jamie Siddons has warned against complacency, stating that beating South Africa would be difficult- making this fixture a must-win encounter.

The Dutch task of achieving an upset here will be made all the more difficult by the team’s inexperience in Bangladesh conditions, with the slow pitch, as well as the home side’s spinners presenting an intimidating challenge.

The home team has support of the Chittagong crowd behind them, but a poor start will raise questions from the fans who will expect nothing less than a convincing victory.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Junaid Siddique, 4 Raqibul Hasan, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Suhrawadi Shuvo/ Naeem Islam, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain.

Netherlands (possible): 1 Eric Szwaraczynski, 2 Wesley Barresi (wk), 3 Tom Cooper, 4 Ryan ten Doeschate, 5 Alexei Kervezee, 6 Bas Zuiderent, 7 Tom de Grooth, 8 Peter Borren (capt), 9 Bradley Kruger, 10 Mudassar Bukhari, 11 Pieter Seelaar.

No prizes for guessing that Ryan ten Doeschate is the danger man for the men in orange.

The South African-born native has been the go-to man for the Netherlands- almost taking the Dutch to a famous win over England in the opener. He has only managed scores of 7, 11 and 11 in their last three games, however he oozes experience and will look to bow out on a high.

Tom Cooper has been one of the shining lights for his adopted country, having scored 140 runs at an average of 35, and if he and ten Doeschate are to combine, a big score could be on the cards.

On the Bangladesh batting front look to Imrul to lead from the front. Imrul impressed with his 60 against England, and having also scored a century against New Zealand in 2010, looks to have the ability to succeed at international level.

Conditions are expected to remain overcast and the pitch is expected to play in a similar fashion to how it did in the England game. Being a day game, dew will not become a factor and as the track should open up later in the day.

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