Well if one can take pains and go through the points table of the ongoing ICC world cup, you would be glad or rather surprised that Bangladesh are now standing at number four behind India, South Africa and England which sees them ahead of the West Indies after their game against Netherlands yesterday at Chittagong. Bangladesh now have wins against England, Ireland and the Netherlands off-late. This can see them through to the quarter-finals along with India and South Africa who would be definite contestants. Teams between whom a tie would break would be West Indies and England along with Bangladesh.
With England having lost to Bangladesh and Ireland, their chances fall comparatively slim, but considering their win against South Africa and a tie against India, West Indies would be in trouble whether they will make it to the quarter-finals or not. In case Bangladesh make it to the second round, they would be doing so at the cost of West Indies to a greater extent or England to a little extent. With England due to play the West Indies, their hope lies in a balance one can say. West Indies though have failed in the past; nothing can be said about their match against England.
Coming to the match between Netherlands and Bangladesh, it was a well fought victory for Bangladesh and rather an expected one. They were playing on their home soil and at the same time playing a team that is yet to win a match in this world cup. They have done it in the past against England and Ireland against whom they were not termed favorites. They had lost to Ireland in their previous encounter and against England, one can see the result of under estimating their opposition. Holland as usual crashed once again but with a better performance compared to the ones against RSA.
There was a batsman from the Netherlands side who could post an unbeaten half century when Ryan ten Doeschate ended up with 53*. They came close to playing 50 overs though they fell short by 4 overs but the runs scored were similar-which guaranteed them on the losing side needless to say. They had the Bangladesh on the naught when their opener-Tamim Iqbal lost his wicket in the fourth ball of the innings. The Bangladesh innings saw just one six compared to the two hit by the Dutch batsmen. Though such comparisons hardly convince the losing team, it feels much better. Doesn't it?