Bangladesh aiming for second upset after stunning Proteas in opening match
A memorable victory over the Proteas at The Oval has Bangladesh ecstatic heading into this ninth group stage match against New Zealand. Although it’s unlikely, the lesser team has shown enough to suggest they aren’t without a chance. New Zealand dismantled Sri Lanka in their opening World Cup match by 10 wickets which see them come into this match as firm-favourites. Don’t rule out the Tigers completely though, the Proteas made that fatal mistake at this very venue.
The expectation is that New Zealand will walk away with the two points after this match, it’s very-likely but not guaranteed given the curve ball Bangladesh threw up against South Africa the other day. Let’s not forget that the Black Caps have a very-potent bowling unit in these types of conditions, England & Wales is a fast bowler’s best friend in more ways than one. Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson each picked up three wickets in the victory against Sri Lanka, Trent Boult managed just the one which came as quite a surprise. The fact that Bangladesh was able to weather the storm against South Africa’s quicks could work in their favour, although 600+ runs were scored on this London surface indicating its batting-friendly conditions. This Bangladesh batting line-up is not to be underestimated, especially the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal who’ve all proven their worth in the past. All-rounder Mahmudullah is also a bit of a trump card in the middle-lower order.
Spoilt for bowling options, New Zealand now faces a dilemma after both Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson bowled superbly in Tim Southee’s absence. With a calf injury keeping Southee out of the Black Caps opening World Cup match, that meant both Ferguson and Henry were selected in the XI. Opening batsman Henry Nicholls also had a minor injury niggle which meant Colin Munro was able to play against Sri Lanka. One thing’s for sure, and that’s Martin Guptill’s lethal power-hitting at the top of the order. In the lead up to the World Cup, New Zealand hosted Bangladesh in an ODI series where Guptill scored consecutive-centuries in a dominant assault at the top. With the experience & class of players like Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor stabilizing the batting line-up, Bangladesh will do well to skittle the Kiwi’s for a sub-par total.
Top 4 fantasy picks – Bangladesh
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Tamim Iqbal
Wildcard pick – Mohammad Mithun
Top 4 fantasy picks – New Zealand
- Matt Henry
- Martin Guptill
- Trent Boult
- Kane Williamson
Wildcard pick – James Neesham
Predicted Team XI’s
Bangladesh (possible) – 1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Soumya Sarkar 3. Shakib Al Hasan 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5. Mohammad Mithun 6. Mahmudullah 7. Mosaddek Hossain 8. Mehidy Hasan Miraz 9. Mashrafe Mortaza © 10. Mohammad Saifuddin 11. Mustafizur Rahman.
New Zealand (possible) – 1. Martin Guptill 2. Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls 3. Kane Williamson © 4. Ross Taylor 5. Tom Latham (wk) 6. James Neesham 7. Colin de Grandhomme 8. Mitchell Santner 9. Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson 10. Matt Henry 11. Trent Boult.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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