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T20 World Cup 2024: Netherlands Elect to Field First Against Bangladesh

As all teams ramp up efforts to enter the Super Eights phase, the Netherlands won the toss and opted to field first against Bangladesh in the 27th match of the T20 World Cup 2024, being played at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, on Thursday.

The Netherlands defeated Nepal in their previous T20 World Cup match, while Bangladesh overcame Sri Lanka. Both teams have two points each, and a win today would strengthen their chances of making it to the tournament’s Super 8.

Bangladesh have a brilliant record against the Dutch, having emerged victorious in their previous two meetings in T20 World Cups. Najmul Hossain Shanto’s side has shown promise in the ongoing tournament, defeating Sri Lanka in their opener and coming close to beating South Africa but falling short by four runs.

On the other hand, the Netherlands started their World Cup campaign with a win against Nepal. However, in their second match against the Proteas, they struggled with the bat, managing only 103-9 in 20 overs. Despite their bowlers’ efforts, experienced South African batsman David Miller led his team to victory.

Playing XIs

Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das (wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto (capt), Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Jaker Ali, Rishad Hossain, Tanzim Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.

Netherlands: Michael Levitt, Max O’Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards (capt, wk), Bas de Leede, Logan van Beek, Tim Pringle, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren, Vivian Kingma.

Pitch Conditions

The Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown has hosted only five T20I matches so far. The pitch provides a balance between bat and ball but favors spinners more compared to pacers.

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