The Netherlands defeated Bangladesh by 87 runs in the 28th match of the ICC Men’s One-Day International World Cup 2023 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The Dutch bowled out Bangladesh for 142 while defending a total of 230. Scott Edwards and his team have now won two World Cups in a row, having previously defeated South Africa by 38 runs.
Bangladesh were reduced to 70-6 in 18 overs, with Van Meekeren (4-23) mowing down the middle order and Bas de Leede dismissing set batsman Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 35, before succumbing to 142 in 42.2 overs.
The Dutch seamers varied their pace and extracted bounce from a slow wicket at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens to turn up the heat on Bangladesh, as De Leede (2-25) removed Mohammad Mahmudullah (20) to set them up for a memorable victory.
Van Meekeren, the match’s player of the match, took the final wicket to spark wild celebrations for the Netherlands, who had previously lost by 309 runs to Australia.
After a slow start, Edwards scored 68 runs and Sybrand Engelbrecht added 35 runs as the Netherlands scored 229 runs thanks to late hitting by Logan van Beek (23 not out).
“I was speaking to a couple of guys and we were saying that if we could get 220 plus, we would be in the game… it was nice that the bottom order guys got us to what we thought was a pretty competitive total,” Edwards said.
“I thought that we were awesome with the ball and probably even more so on the field, where we had let ourselves down in the last few games.”
Shoriful Islam (2-51) and Mahedi Hasan (2-40) cleaned up the tail, but Bangladesh was left to rue the fact that they allowed the Netherlands lower order to score 74 runs in the final 10 overs, allowing the Netherlands to post a respectable total.
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