Expected Lineups | Head To Head | Bangladesh vs Netherlands Match Preview:
As the T20 World cup progresses more and more teams compete to prove their mettle to keep themselves in the race and take the coveted trophy home. The 17th fixture of the T20 World cup will be played between Bangladesh and Netherlands at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart.
Bangladesh, who were seen struggling in the Asia Cup as well as the recently concluded Tri-nation series against New Zealand and Pakistan, will be looking to gain their momentum in this outing against Netherlands to begin their World cup journey on a high note. Bangladesh has played 16 T20Is this year, out of which they have won only 4. This match against Netherlands is a must-win for Shakib-led men to boost their morales for upcoming matches. Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain and Litton Das look in a good form and one can expect them to play a pivotal role in helping their side utilise the Australian pitches for their advantage. Moreover, the fast bowling department of Bangladesh has evolved to a level where it can pose threat to any batting lineup. Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rehman and Taskin Ahmed have been carrying the flag of Bangladesh’s fast bowling in a quite commendable manner. The assistance of Australian conditions can further aid them in bowling spells their team is in need of.
Netherlands have joined the race with other teams in the Super 12 round after defeating UAE and Namibia in the group stage matches. Escaping the defeat in both of the aforementioned fixtures by a hairbreadth, Netherlands had to rely on the other teams to help them enter the next round. Nevertheless, the Dutch look more prepared than last time and reaching the Super 12 round is an evidence of their preparedness. Bas de Leede will be the Dutchs’ biggest weapon to survive through the tournament. Both with the bowl and bat, de Leede was admirable during the group stages as well as the T20 World cup Qualifier. Complementing him, Tom Cooper and Max O’Dowd will help their side score big with assistance from pitches down under.
HEAD TO HEAD:
Bangladesh and Netherlands have met only thrice in T20Is. Once in the Worldcup 2016 and twice in a 2-T20I series. Bangladesh has won 2 matches out of 3 encounters with the Dutch. The T20I series between both teams in 2012, with Netherlands being the host side, was drawn 1-1 after a last ball thriller.
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITION:
Hobart is expected to receive a heavy 3 to 8mm rainfall on Monday, the day both teams are due to meet. The chance of rain is 90% and is most likely to start in the afternoon and evening. With the mentioned expectancy of rain, we can witness a loss of a few overs at the least.
The Bellerive Oval ground in Hobart is known to favour batters as well as fast bowlers. The quick outfield will guarantee a high scoring match. The average score for the side batting first is 165 and the side batting second is 149. Thus, toss will play a crucial role as well. The trademark bouncy pitches of Australia assists bowlers and same is the case with Hobart. If the game is influenced by rain, the pacers can get further advantage.
PLAYING XI (PROBABLE):
Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hassan(wk), Taskin Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain.
Netherlands: Max O’Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards (capt & wk), Tim Pringle, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe.
Without establishing a solid batting stand, the chances of Bangladesh triumphing over Netherlands are somewhat grave. Hence, the in-form Bangladesh batters like Litton Das, Shakib al Hasan and Afif Hossain will have onus on them to carry the team. Apart from that, the Bangladeshi pace unit has the ability to wreak havoc in Hobart tomorrow. This combination gives them an edge over the Dutch lineup.
However, if the Dutch bowlers like Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren and Bas de Leede get rid of the Bangladesh top-order early, they can increase their chances of winning against the favourites Bangladesh. Let us not forget, rain is going to play a major role in the game tomorrow as well.
WHERE TO WATCH:
The match will start at 3pm Local time, 9am (PKT).
TV Broadcast: GTV, BTV, T Sports, PTV, A sports, Fox Sports 501 & Channel 9 HD, 9GemHD.
Live Streaming: Rabbithole, Daraz app, Tapmad, AryZap, Disney+ Hotstar.