England are already out of contention for the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2023 after a dismal campaign in India.
The defending champions will now be playing purely for pride when they face Netherlands on Wednesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
The Three Lions made a commendable effort against India last month, restricting the tournament favourites to only 229.
But a spectacular batting collapse saw them bowled out for just 129, losing the game by 100 runs.
England fans were further disappointed when their team also succumbed to a 33-run defeat against arch-rivals Australia at the weekend.
A brilliant bowling spell from Chris Woakes helped bowl out the Aussies on 286 but the batters failed to chase down that total.
Ben Stokes and Dawid Malan completed half-centuries but the defending champions were comfortably beaten in the end by Australia.
Meanwhile, Netherlands will enter Wednesday’s match on the back of a seven-wicket loss to Afghanistan.
The tournament minnows posted only a target of 180, which was easily chased down by the Hashmatullah Shahidi-led side on Friday.
Netherlands have had a good World Cup campaign, despite sitting ninth in the standings at the moment.
They pulled off a huge upset victory earlier in the tournament against South Africa.
The Proteas perished on 207 while chasing the 256 target, with the Flying Dutchmen prevailing by 38 runs.
Captain Scott Edwards played a superb 78 knock, hitting 10 boundaries and a sixer.
Netherlands picked up their second World Cup win against Bangladesh at the end of last month.
Their skipper Edwards was once again the star batter as his 68-run contribution took the team’s score to 229.
Paul van Meekeren then wrecked havoc with the ball as the entire team of the Bengal Tigers collapsed on just 142.
England vs Netherlands playing XI
England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c)/(wk), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Netherlands: Wesley Barresi, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards (c)/(wk), Bas de Leede, Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren
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England vs Netherlands prediction
England were being regarded as one of the favourites for the ICC World Cup 2023, but they have endured a terrible campaign so far in the tournament. Confidence is likely to be very low in their camp now, but we are still backing them for victory on Wednesday, primarily because of the quality of players in their ranks.
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