NewZealand vs Bangladesh Champions Trophy – Preview

New Zealand to face Bangladesh in a loser knocked out game

The loser of this game will be knocked out of the tournament and the winner will still not get a place in the semi-finals. This group is under more pressure to win the rest of the games for it is evenly poised as England and Australia sit on top of the points table with Australia playing both the games that ended up in a no result. So New Zealand & Bangladesh both on one point each still have a good chance to surpass both England & Australia depending on who wins this game. Although the Kiwis are the favorites in this game Bangladesh has shown grit in this tournament especially in their first game against England. They will have a psychological edge having beaten the Kiwis in a warm up game in Dublin.

Kane Williamson, the Kiwi captain is in sublime form having scored a century against Australia and following up with a 97 against England. Bangladesh will be looking to pick up his wicket early to set some panic in the dressing room. They have the bowling arsenal to put pressure against any top teams. New Zealand on the other side have been a well rounded team having batted, bowled and fielded well. Luck did not go their way against Australia when they had them down before rain came halting play. It could still come haunting at Cardiff as heavy showers are expected on the day of play. That would mean Bangladesh stay for the hunt in the tournament hoping England beats Australia by a big margin.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi , Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor