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ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Netherlands vs. Bangladesh, 28th Match at Kolkata Who will win tomorrow’s match between NED and BAN?

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ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Netherlands vs. Bangladesh 28th Match at Kolkata. Who will win tomorrow’s match between NED and BAN?

Scene Setter from Eden Gardens

The iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata will provide a magnificent setting for this important Super 12 clash between the Netherlands and Bangladesh. While Bangladesh knows the conditions well, it will be a new experience for the Dutch to play their first World Cup in India. The stadium is expected to have noisy supporters rooting for the home team. But the Netherlands will enjoy the occasion and see it as an opportunity to script another upset. After losing two of their first three games, Bangladesh was in a must-win situation. The Netherlands will be keen to sustain their momentum after stunning victories over South Africa and Zimbabwe. With so much at stake for both teams, expect an electric atmosphere at Eden Gardens.

Contrasting Fortunes for Both Teams

The two teams arrive at this crucial juncture of the tournament with contrasting fortunes so far. The Netherlands have been the surprise package, punching above their weight with inspirational performances. After visiting Sri Lanka, they regrouped superbly to topple South Africa and Zimbabwe in thrilling games. Their bowling attack has been relentless, while batters like Ackermann, Edwards, and O'Dowd have shone. In contrast, much-fancied Bangladesh has underwhelmed so far with below-par displays. Their vaunted batting lineup has failed to fire in unison, while the bowling needs more discipline. Two close defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia have left them in a do-or-die situation. The mood in the two camps will be at contrasting ends ahead of this key battle.

Bangladesh's Road to Recovery

Bangladesh needs to gain more talent to mount a strong comeback. But for that, their batting order must finally come to the party. Openers Liton Das and Tanzid Hasan Tamim hold the key with their aggressive approach. Senior pros Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim are due for big runs in the middle order, while Tawhid Hridoy and Mahmudullah provide finishing firepower. The talismanic Mustafizur Rahman in bowling must inspire the attack while Taskin Ahmed provides pace. Spinners Shakib and Mehidy Hasan will be crucial in the middle overs. Bangladesh still has enough ammunition to make the semis if they can improve all departments, convert starts, and play with more belief. Their fans will hope the real Bangladesh stands up starting this match.

Netherlands Riding High on Momentum

The Dutch camp is filled with confidence and self-belief after stunning South Africa and Zimbabwe. Their guiding principle has been to play with zeal and determination without letting big names intimidate them. Barresi, de Leede, and Seelaar add depth, while Edwards, O'Dowd, and Ackermann set the stage for their batting. In bowling, the pace duo of van Meekeren and van Beek have impressed with their disciplined lines, while veteran Aryan Dutt's Right-arm spin has been a handful. Roelof van der Merwe offers variety as the lead spinner. The Dutch have acclimatized well to the Indian conditions and outplanned more fancied opponents. With momentum behind them, they will back themselves to challenge Bangladesh and qualify for the semis at their expense.

Key Matchups to Watch

Some crucial individual matchups could determine the outcome of this contest. Liton Das taking on the Dutch seamers van Meekeren and van Beek with the new ball will be vital. Skipper Shakib vs. Edwards will be an intriguing battle between captains. Mustafizur bowling in the death overs to Ackermann and Cooper will be a stern test. Shakib against Seelaar could have a huge say during the middle overs in the spin battle.

Similarly, Mehidy Hasan's up against Van der Merwe will be a fascinating duel. Also, how Bangladesh's batters handled the Dutch seamer's deaths could be pivotal. Both teams will hope their key players stand up and win these individual tussles.

Pitch and Conditions in Focus 

The Eden Gardens surface is expected to be a batting beauty, with little on offer for bowlers. Dew may become a factor in the evening under the lights. The short square boundaries will also favor power hitters. Batting conditions should be ideal, with temperatures around the late 20s and no rain predicted. Teams will prefer chasing, given the dew. Anything over 300 could be a par score batting first. Spinners who can vary pace cleverly may extract some turns later on.

Crowd Support and Atmosphere

As Bangladesh's adopted home ground, Eden Gardens will be packed with passionate local fans rooting ardently for the home team. While the Netherlands will enjoy being underdogs, the crowd support will heavily favor Bangladesh. The stadium will erupt if Bangladesh gets early wickets or goes after the Dutch bowling. However, smart fans will also appreciate the Dutch underdog spirit if they compete hard. Overall, expect a pulsating atmosphere, with the crowd hoping Bangladesh produces an improved performance.

Interesting Selection Dilemmas

Both teams face some intriguing selection questions. Bangladesh can choose between a third spinner or an extra pacer, while Sabbir Rahman could be considered to beef up the middle order. The Dutch may ponder bringing in Tom Cooper's experience instead of Colin Ackermann. Fitness updates on Hasan Mahmud and Saqib Zulfiqar will be important. Playing XIs could hinge on reading the pitch conditions correctly.

Predicting the Playing XIs

Bangladesh likely XI: Liton, Sarkar, Shanto, Shakib, Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah, Afif, Hasan, Taskin, Hasan, and Mustafizur

Netherlands likely XI: O’Dowd, Edwards, Barresi, Ackermann/Cooper, de Leede, Seelaar, van der Merwe, van Meekeren, van Beek, Singh, van der Gugten

Bangladesh may opt for the extra pacer while the Dutch look settled. Pitch reading and adaptability to conditions could determine eventual XIs.

Match Prediction and Conclusion

This match is delicately poised as Bangladesh desperately seeks a resurgence against a confident Dutch outfit. The Netherlands will be keen to sustain winning momentum and qualify for the semis. Much depends on how clinical the Dutch are versus how Bangladesh adapts to the must-win pressure. The toss and conditions will also be crucial. They can dictate terms if the Dutch bow first and dismiss Bangladesh early. But Bangladesh possesses the arsenal for a counter-attacking performance to get back on track. Expect plenty of twists and turns, with the match likely going down to the wire. Either team can triumph, but Bangladesh might start as slight favorites, with home conditions aiding spinners late on. Hopefully, fans will be treated to an entertaining contest between two spirited teams.

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