Up next are our cricket betting tips for this match and we’re about to explain why a confident Netherlands side who secured two extremely impressive wins last week could be about to cause an upset against the Tigers.
Which wouldn’t actually be as much of an upset as the odds are making out, all things considered.
There are other reasons for taking the gamble on the outsiders, not least the fact they appear to be highly motivated and considerably more organised than Bangladesh. We’ll talk you through the other reasons in detail below.
There’s also the toss winner prediction coming up next.
And a win here for the Netherlands may just be the next upset on the cards.
Bangladesh may have the slightly more talented and experienced players but as we saw from the West Indies’ early exit, that doesn’t mean anything if the players don’t perform on the day or play as a team.
Too often the Tigers lose from winning positions or don’t seem to give it their all, in stark contrast to the Netherlands, who will fight for every run scored or saved.
The Dutch will also benefit from having played here in Hobart last week.
So will be familiar with the conditions, an important factor we already mentioned when tipping IreIand to spring a similar sort of surprise against favourites Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh may be just about the weakest side of those left in the tournament while the Netherlands impressed last week.
So at odds of 3.75, they’re definitely worth a gamble.
This is a format that the Tigers just haven’t got their heads around.
Bangladesh are often very competitive in ODI cricket and can often hold their own when at home in Test cricket but T20 hasn’t been kind to them.
Too often they get their team selection wrong, they aren’t sure whether to stick or twist when it comes to batting and their fielding isn’t always the best, such an important factor in the shortest format.
Their results in the last 12 months speak for themselves.
They’ve played 16 matches and won just four, with 11 defeats and a no-result. That’s one of the worst win returns of any side at the World Cup over the last year.
And it’s not like they’ve been coming up short against the big boys.
They’ve lost Series to Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and the West Indies, remembering the Windies didn’t even make it to the actual World Cup.
It doesn’t help that two of their most experienced batsmen in Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim have retired from the format.
Opener Iqbal decided to step aside in order to give youngsters a chance, while Rahim called it quits after the recent Asia Cup in order to focus on the other two formats.
So, as ever, much will depend on Shakib Al-Hasan.
The man who does the lot- bats at three, bowls four overs, fields in the key positions- is their one outstanding player and he’ll have to have good games more often than not for them to win at this World Cup.
For good measure he’s also back as skipper after Mahmudullah being in charge for the last couple of years.
Bowler Mustafizur Rahman is a class act, as well.
But there are lots of holes in other positions and you’d think they’ll be extremely happy if they somehow manage to win two matches at the World Cup.
The Netherlands will be delighted to be at the World Cup.
They came through a tough qualifying group to get this far.
They began by beating the UAE off the final ball of the match and then also got the better of Namibia, again in a tight chase, this time getting over the line with just three balls to spare.
They did lose their third match to Sri Lanka but the UAE did them a massive favour by beating Namibia as outsiders and that allowed them to get through.
It’s worth remembering that they rarely play the best sides outside World Cups so they might find some of the best teams a little too much to handle here in Australia.
But at their best they can be extremely competitive against the likes of Bangladesh.
In terms of players to look out for, opener Max O’Dowd is a good player who hit an eye-catching 71 not out in defeat against Sri Lanka and has 10 T20I fifties to his name.
Skipper Scott Edwards is a typical keeper/batsman who bats in the middle-order and leads the side well, while Tom Cooper is a highly experienced campaigner who played a lot of cricket in Australia, including in the Big Bash.
He has admittedly been out-of-form, though.
Colin Ackerman is also an experienced player in that middle-order who played in South Africa and in the English county game.
And the same is true of Roleof Van der Merwe, who used to play for South Africa as spin bowler and hard-hitting lower middle-order batsman.
He did however surfer a back injury in the last game so is a doubt to play here.
Bas de Leede was man-of-the-match in both of their first two matches after good contributions with both bat and ball and is arguably their most important player of all.
O’Dowd, Singh, de Leede, Ackerman, Cooper, Edwards, Pringle, van der Merwe, van der Gugten, Klassen, van Meereken.
Bangladesh vs Netherlands Head-to-Head
These two have played each other just three times and Bangladesh are 2-1 up.
The last time they played was back in the 2016 World Cup in India, which Bangladesh won.
The man we mentioned earlier, Tamim Iqbal, was the hero that day with a superb 83. Shakib Al-Hasan took two wickets.
Venue & conditions
This one will be played at Hobart, a venue we know well from the recent qualifying matches last week.
Across the six matches played there, the average first innings score was 156, so it’s one of those in-between wickets that’s neither a nightmare to bat on, nor is it a batting paradise.
Rather, it’s a wicket where if one batsman gets going and plays themselves in and gets 60 or 70, it’s possible for the team to get to about 175.
Of the six matches played there, three were won by the team batting first and three by the team batting second.
So based on that, there doesn’t appear to be any advantage to doing one over the other.