12 November 2023, 12:55 pm
Bangladeshi cricketers have returned home after another failed mission in the World Cup. Of course, the story of their failure is very old! Only one more match is enough to complete sixteen classes! Shakib Al Hasan’s aim now is to qualify for the 2015 Champions Trophy. In the end the Tigers did their job well, now they have to rely on India. In the race for the Champions Trophy, the two opponents of Bangladesh – Netherlands and Bersik rain!
It is very difficult for the Dutch to win against the hosts India. Rohit Sharma, unbeaten in 8 matches so far, will surely not want to let down their great rhythm. As such, rain can be Bangladesh’s biggest opponent. Today (Sunday) India-Netherlands will face each other in the final match of the round robin league of the World Cup. The match will start at 2:30 PM at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. While the match was in regulation for Rohit to secure a semi-final from the top of the points table, it was crucial for the Dutch.
All that can be gained in this World Cup for Bangladesh is a chance to play the Champions Trophy. The Tigers can only play in the 2025 ICC event if they finish in the top eight. Despite losing their last match yesterday (Saturday) to Australia by 8 wickets, the Tigers’ hopes of playing in the upcoming tournament are still alive. That task was made easier by not allowing Australia to win before 22.4 overs. Ajira won the match in 44.4 overs. As a result, Shakib’s team remained above Sri Lanka in net run rate. In that case, if the Dutch lose today in the World Cup match, the road to Bangladesh is clear.
Bangladesh is at number 8 in the table with two wins equal to Sri Lanka and Dutch in 9 matches. 10 is the position of the Netherlands. The Lankans, who finished the World Cup earlier, are at number nine. Their Champions Trophy hopes ended yesterday. At the end of the tournament, Bangladesh’s net run rate was -1.087. The run rates of Sri Lanka and Netherlands are -1.419 and -1.635 respectively. However, if the incident happens and India is defeated today, the Dutch will move up to the eighth position with 6 points. Besides, even if the match is washed away due to rain, they will go to the Champions Trophy with one point.
Indian media reports that it has been raining in Bangalore for the past few days. Rain also marred the New Zealand vs Pakistan match, where Babar Azam’s win on the DL method could have burned the Kiwis’ foreheads. Even though there was a possibility of rain in the next match, it did not happen. According to the weather forecast, Bengaluru will have partly sunny weather today. Chance of rain is only 3 percent. Relative humidity will be 45 percent. The temperature will hover between 28 and 16 degrees Celsius. As a result, the match will be held in very pleasant weather.
Earlier India-Netherlands met only twice in ODI matches. Rohit’s team won both of them. The two matches were in the 2003 and 2011 World Cups. Apart from this India-Netherlands have never met. According to the pitch report, today’s pitch will generally be batting friendly. Batters have more advantage here. Big runs are scored in every match. Pacers get turn with the new ball. Due to the small boundaries, this match can also see big runs. However, there is room for inspiration for the Netherlands – wins against strong South Africa and Bangladesh in the current World Cup. All of Bangladesh will be focused on what happens in today’s match!