Match Preview : New Zealand vs Bangladesh

New Zealand will take against Bangladesh in the 9th match of Champions Trophy.
The equation is quite simple for both the teams.
The winner will stay in the tournament for the Semi Finals if England beats Australia in their next match.
But if Australia beats England, then both New Zealand and Bangladesh will be out of the tournament.
New Zealand is not having a very good tournament. Despite of Captain’s excellent form the team is in the last position with just 1 point.
On the other side, Bangladesh has also not won any match till now. They also have 1 point because of wash out. If Bangladesh team wants to win this match they will have to bat nicely and not leave whole batting burden on Tamim Iqbal.
A bad news for NZ fans is that a washout will eliminate NZ. But Bangladesh could still qualify due to their better net run rate.


last five completed matches, most recent first

New Zealand LLWWW
Bangladesh LWWLL


Weather Report :
Rain is forecast in Cardiff early on Friday, but it is likely to drift away after 11am. Both teams may look to bat first despite the rain threats; the last four ODIs here have featured teams topping 300 runs, but only once have those targets been chased successfully, by Pakistan last year.
If the match is washed out NZ will be out of the tournament because of less net run rate.


Pitch Conditions :
This match will be played on a fresh pitch with a decent covering of grass so all eyes will be on whether it misbehaves at all later in the game.
The pitch is obviously batting friendly.


Scoring Pattern :

Last 5 games played at Sophia Gardens. First inning scores have been (1-2 denotes match won by side batting first or second)
310/1, 302/2, 324/1, 304/1, 227/2
Average first batting total in last five games is 294.


Probable XI
New Zealand 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 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


Watch Out For :
Kane Williamson :
He is looking in great touch in this tournament. But his batting is going in vain as the team has been winless in the tournament. He has scored 1 century and 1 half century in 2 matches.

Tamim Iqbal:
He scored 95 against Australia and 128 against England. His form is vital for his team. He is looking in best form currently.


Stats and trivia

* In Bangladesh’s only previous ODI in Cardiff, they famously beat Australia in 2005. New Zealand meanwhile have won three out of five games at this ground.
* Neil Broom has been a thorn in Bangladesh’s side in their last five ODIs against New Zealand, scoring 339 runs at an average of 84.75.
* Tamim Iqbal needs to score 16 runs to topple Mohammad Ashraful as Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer in England.


New Zealand are a strong, competitive bunch of unit who bank on team efforts to take them through. They have the consistent Williamson who likes to lead from the front. Bangladesh too are a similar, competitive side who bank on team efforts as well. It will be a close contest between two closely-matched teams. But our vote goes to New Zealand for their experience of winning crunch games.


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