Kolkata: Ireland and the Netherlands will hope to capitalize on one last chance on the big stage in their World Cup clash at the Eden Gardens on Friday.
With the World Cup set to be downsized to 10 teams from 2015, and with Ireland and Netherlands out of quarterfinal content_cnion already in this edition, it is an opportunity for players to grab attention with individual performances.
The likes of Kevin O'Brien of Ireland and Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlands have already produced superb performances, and both teams will be looking for more.
Ireland and the Netherlands will hope to capitalize on one last chance on the big stage.
Ireland has two points so far from a shock win over England, while the Netherlands is winless in five matches.
Expectations on Ireland increased after an astonishing chase against England in a high-scoring game at Bangalore, in which Kevin O'Brien made the fastest century ever at the World Cup.
He reached triple figures from 50 deliveries and his 63-ball 113 helped Ireland overtake England's formidable 327-8 with three wickets in the last over.
Ireland also put up a spirited display against India at the same venue before losing by five wickets, then ran the West Indies close at Mohali but went down by 44 runs.
Ireland captain William Porterfield said after his team's l31-run loss to South Africa in Calcutta on Tuesday that his squad had a lot of positives to take back home.
"The win over England was the highlight. We also bowled and fielded well and got ourselves to winning positions in the matches against the West Indies and India," he said. "We will go back with a lot of positives."
The Dutch started well, too, giving England a tough time in its first match.
Ryan ten Doeschate's allround effort of 119 and 2-47 surprised England, which won by six wickets but with only eight balls remaining at Nagpur.
Netherlands also gave a disciplined performance in a five-wicket loss to India at New Delhi, but terrible batting failures resulted in losses by more than 200 runs to both the West Indies and South Africa.
Dutch captain Peter Borren conceded after the team's six-wicket loss to Bangladesh at Chittagong on Monday that his batsmen had failed to adjust to the conditions on the subcontinent.
"It takes time to get used to spinners on such wickets," he said. "We can't get used to it if we don't stay long enough on it. We kept losing wickets at crucial times."
Borren said the inability to build partnerships had cost the team.
"The guys were trying to play shots but there was no pace on the ball. We just could not deal with it as well as we should have," Borren said.