The famous Eden Gardens in Kolkata is all set to host its debut match of the ICC World Cup 2023. Netherlands and Bangladesh are gearing up to face each other on Saturday, October 28th.
NED vs BAN: Quick Look
Netherlands’ performance in the World Cup 2023 has been up and down. Out of the five games they’ve played, they managed to clinch victory only once, surprisingly against the strong South African team. Their recent massive defeat to Australia by 309 runs showcased challenges in both their batting and bowling.
Bangladesh, too, is facing a similar situation. Out of their five matches in the World Cup 2023, they’ve tasted victory just once, against Afghanistan. Subsequent matches saw them facing defeats by teams like India, South Africa, England, and New Zealand. Their recent 159-run loss to South Africa showed weaknesses in their team. Yet, Mahmudullah Riyad’s stunning century in that game was a silver lining.
- Date & Time: October 28, 2023, 2:00 PM (IST)
- Location: Eden Garden, Kolkata
- Where to Watch: Star Sports, Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Insights at Eden Gardens
Traditionally, the Eden Gardens pitch is batter-friendly. Spinners usually get the advantage during the middle overs. Given the history, teams that bat first have often come out on top. The captain winning the toss might lean towards batting first.
Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren
Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, either Hasan Mahmud or Taskin Ahmed
Although Netherlands stunned everyone with their win against South Africa, they face a Bangladesh team with more experienced players. It’s a tight call, but Bangladesh seems to have a minor advantage.