In the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, the cricketing world witnessed yet another upset on Saturday, October 28, when the Netherlands played Bangladesh in match number 28 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
On Saturday, the team captained by Scott Edwards was seen crushing the hopes of a great deal of Bangladeshi cricket fans with their incredible performance. With two wins in six games, their team's batting, bowling, and fielding were all almost flawless, and they now stand seventh in the standings.
Edwards announced that his team would bat first after winning the toss. They were, at one point, 63/4, so it appeared like the decision had backfired.
After a rocky start, the captain and lower middle order combined to rebound, taking the team to 229 at the end of 50 overs. Shakib Al Hasan's team was unable to respond, losing to the Dutch by 87 runs.
The Dutch bowlers needed to rise to the situation in order to keep the squad going, even though the target they were defending wasn't that big. And Paul van Meekeren emerged victorious with crucial breakthroughs at the appropriate times to round off an incredible four-fer. He dismissed Taskin Ahmed, Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Najmul Hossain Shanto to stand in the way of the Bangla Tigers' triumph. He conceded just 23 runs in his 10-over performance, finishing with four wickets.
Brief scores: Netherlands 229 in 50 overs (Scott Edwards 68, Wesley Barresi 41; Mustafizur Rahman 2/36) beat Bangladesh 142 in 42.2 overs (Mehidy Hasan 35; Paul van Meekeren 4/23, Bas de Leede 2/25) by 87 runs