Kolkata, Oct 28: The Netherlands, giant killers of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, proved once again their mettle against Bangladesh on Saturday at the Eden Gardens, here. They set a 230-run target for Shakib Al Hasan led Asian side.
In reply, Bangladesh were struggling at 87/6 in 25 overs.
Electing to bat first, the Dutch piled up 229/10 in 50 overs against Bangladesh. Their skipper Scott Edwards, once again played a valiant knock of 68, when his team needed him to stand tall and deliver amidst ruins.
Apart from him, Wesley Barresi (41), Sybrand Engelbrecht (35) and Logan van Beek (23) too tried to resist and put up a fight, but did not have much success.
Dutch openers Vikramjit Singh (3) and Max O'Dowd (0) departed early. Colin Ackerman (15) and Bas de Leede (17) though got good starts but did not last long.
Once again, it was over to skipper Scott Edwards to rescue and rebuild the Netherlands innings. He did not dishearten and fought with courage and class.
Edwards batted with grit and authority, but after a fighting 68, he too returned back misjudging a wide yorker by Mustafizur Rehman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz grabbed a low catch at backward point.
Bangladesh bowlers dominated the show and never allowed Netherlands to breathe easy. Bangladesh pacers Shoriful Islam (2/51), Taskin Ahmed (2/43) and Mustafizur Rehman (2/36) were impressive in their spells.
Even their skipper Shakib Al Hasan (1/37) and right arm off-break Mahedi Hasan (2/40) bowled well to keep the Dutch in check by snapping regular wickets. Their fielders too complimented the bowling unit with lot more energy and vigour.