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T20 World Cup: Bangladesh eye comeback vs Netherlands

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Published: 20:47, 13 June 2024

T20 World Cup: Bangladesh eye comeback vs Netherlands

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After a narrow defeat to South Africa, the Tigers are determined to bounce back against the Netherlands in their third T20 World Cup match in Kingstown, St. Vincent.

One of the key challenges both teams will face is the pitch, which hasn't seen a competitive match in a long time, adding an element of unpredictability to the game.

While Bangladesh has positive memories of this venue, including Shakib Al Hasan's captaincy debut and Mahmudullah Riyad's five-wicket haul in his Test debut, these are unlikely to be relevant in this match.

Bangladesh's primary concern in the ongoing T20 World Cup has been their batting struggles. Despite errors against Sri Lanka, they managed to secure a victory.

However, in their second match against South Africa, they failed to chase a modest total, despite coming close. In the final over, Bangladesh required 11 runs to secure their first-ever T20 win over South Africa, but fell short when Mahmudullah's attempted big hit off Keshav Maharaj was caught.

The Netherlands have also faced batting difficulties in the tournament thus far.

Therefore, in Kingstown, both teams will prioritize a strong batting performance to keep their hopes of advancing to the next round alive.

Ahead of this crucial match, Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto emphasized that they are not feeling pressured and are focused on playing their natural game.

Bangladesh's final group stage match will be against neighboring Nepal at the same venue.