You don’t need to be a math genius to sort it out, the equation is quite simple. Whoever wins the match stays in the hunt for semifinal if England are going to beat Australia in their next game. And if Australia wins the match than there would be an early exit for both New Zealand and Bangladesh. They have been playing against each other quite regularly in past six months and New Zealand would like to make it straight against Bangladesh. New Zealand didn’t had the type of tournament as their status. Their first match was abandoned due to rain against Australia and they fell short of runs against England by 87 runs. Bangladesh will have to overcome the first three top order batsman and the all-rounder present in the New Zealand line-up. Nonetheless they will also have to put better show with bat and not leave everything to just Tamim Iqbal. There would be threat for rain washing out the game as well, and it would hamper the progress of both teams to next stage. Interestingly this time it’s New Zealand who have nothing to lose like the Bangladeshis.
What: New Zealand vs Bangladesh, Champions trophy,9th June, 15:00 IST
Where: Sophia gardens, Cardiff
What to expect: morning Rain is expected which won’t affect the full day of match, pitch will assist seamers at start but won’t be a bowling one as grew older.
New Zealand: LLWWW
New Zealand: Tom Latham who has fair outing against Bangladesh is waiting for a chance and Colin de grandhomme can be also included in the team. Neil broom though is struggling with form is unlikely to miss out. And same playing XI is expected to play.
Probable XI: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Luke Ronchi (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Neil Broom, 6 James Neesham, 7 Corey Anderson, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Adam Milne, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Trent Boult
Bangladesh: they are unlikely to make any changes to the playing XI unless they want to include any extra all-rounder to their line-up.
Probable XI: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Players in the Spotlight:
Corey Anderson: he could take the game away from opponent at any given moment. His striking ability is not hidden from anyone and Bangladesh could face serious havoc while he is batting.
Mustafizur Rahman: his swing abilities could create problems for the Kiwi batsman early on. As the pitch will assist fast bowlers early on, he could be handy at the start of the innings.
Match Prediction: New Zealand’s hard luck could be a bit disappointing but they are firm favorite to win.