The Netherlands claimed a significant victory in the Cricket World Cup, defeating Bangladesh by 87 runs. Scott Edwards displayed exceptional batting skills, scoring a feisty half-century that revived the Dutch innings after a shaky start. The resolute Dutch bowler, Paul van Meekeren, contributed to their triumph by delivering a fiery bowling spell that tore through the Bangladesh lineup.
Chasing a target of 230, Bangladesh faced a disastrous collapse, losing six wickets for a mere 70 runs within 18 overs. Van Meekeren, with his exceptional bowling figures of four for 23, dismantled the middle-order, while Bas de Leede's crucial dismissal of Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 35 further hindered the Asian side. Eventually, Bangladesh was bowled out for a disappointing 142 runs in 42.2 overs.
The Dutch seamers effectively employed variations in pace and took advantage of the slow wicket at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, putting immense pressure on Bangladesh throughout the match. De Leede's contributions of two wickets for 25 runs, including the dismissal of Mohammad Mahmudullah, significantly bolstered the Netherlands' chances for a historic victory.
Edwards, despite some lucky breaks, showcased his batting prowess with a stroke-filled 68, resurrecting the Dutch innings. Sybrand Engelbrecht's 35 runs further aided their cause, while late hitting by Logan van Beek (23 not out) allowed the Netherlands to post a respectable total of 229. Although Shoriful Islam and Mahedi Hasan were able to clean up the tail, Bangladesh was left to rue the fact that they allowed the Dutch lower-order batsmen to accumulate 74 runs in the final 10 overs.
The Netherlands faced early setbacks, losing both their openers within the first 14 balls. However, Wesley Barresi's breezy knock of 41, coupled with Edward's determined presence at the crease, helped them rebuild their innings. Mustafizur Rahman's clever bowling trapped Barresi, leaving the Dutch in a precarious position. Additionally, missed opportunities by Bangladesh fielders, including two dropped catches in the 16th over that could have dismissed Edwards earlier, further compounded their struggles.
Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Edwards continued to fight alongside Engelbrecht, eventually scoring his second half-century of the tournament and his 15th overall. However, Mustafizur's powerful yorker ended Edwards' innings. Reflecting upon the match, Edwards acknowledged the efforts of the lower order batsmen in pushing the team's total past 220. He also praised the team's exceptional bowling and improved fielding standards, highlighting their previous weaknesses.
With this victory, the Netherlands rose above England in the Cricket World Cup standings, leaving the English team currently positioned at the bottom of the table. The Dutch team's win against Bangladesh has added a new layer of excitement and unpredictability to the tournament, showcasing the competitive spirit of this international cricket event.