About the Match
Bangladesh will take on Netherlands in the 3rd match of the qualifier round on 9th March at Dharamsala; while Bangladesh has an experienced squad with match-winning players, Netherlands will try to put its best foot forward this time around to make it through. Bangladesh has recently exhibited its talents and expertise in all departments of the game when they defeated teams like Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the recently concluded Asia Cup; they will be determined to top the qualifying table in order to join the Super 10 for the main tournament and will not take the Dutch lightly here.
Mashrafe Mortaza will lead the team consisting of experienced players like Shakib-Al-Hasan, Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman, who can score the big runs and build partnerships with their batting skills. The squad has many all-rounders like Shakib and Sarkar, who are strong assets for the team; they have performed very well in the recent Asia Cup to outwit teams like Sri Lanka and Pakistan and will definitely try to keep the spirits high with a win here on Wednesday.
Al-Amin Hossain is in good form with his pace and can take wickets consistently; he will be supported by seamers Taskin Ahmed, Abu Hider and Mustafizur Rahman. The spin attack will see Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny and Shakib Al Hasan, who can pull out some tricks from the bag to stifle the opponents.
Bangladesh is a motivated lot and they will be inspired to do well in this tournament after having come so close to lifting the Asia Cup recently. They are a versatile bowling team with a good mix of talent; if supported well by the batsmen who will look to come out all guns blazing, they can prove to be a formidable team to reckon with.
Captain Peter Borren is an all-rounder and will need to guide the team with his experience and skills here; being a middle-order batsman, he will have to focus on building the foundation whether batting first or during chase along with others like Ben and Tom Cooper, Wesley Barresi and Max O’Dowd. Stephan Myburgh opens the innings and will need to up his ante here; all-rounders like Roelof van der Merwe, Mudassar Bukhari and others will have to come out all guns blazing to help the team post a good total or chase successfully.
The bowling squad consists of pacemen Ahsan Malik, Logan van Beek, Paul van Meekeren and Tim van der Gugten while left-arm Chinaman Michael Rippon brings variety to the attack along with spinners like Pieter Seelar, Merwe, Toom Coper and Max O’Dowd.
They will definitely face a stiff challenge from Bangladeshis who have more experience playing this format of the game; however, they must focus on the strengths they have and try to use the resources cleverly to outwit the opponents.
Netherlands is a good side with some experienced T20 campaigners in their team. Bangladesh made it to the finals of Asia Cup and showed their strength and we believe they will leave no stone unturned to register a win against Netherlands; they have an experienced squad and many match-winners, who give a definite edge to the team to emerge victorious here