Bangladesh vs New Zealand Match Preview – While one rides the tide, the other outflows the wind. This is how the matches at this world cup contest can be summarised. So far, the teams have been unpredictable with their matches and we expect nothing less when Bangladesh who comes on the back of an emphatic win against South Africa takes on New Zealand who whacked Sri Lanka left and right in their tournament openers.
While the format allows for teams to be on the even keel, it also helps them to experiment a bit against some teams. Both of the teams would like to win the contest and strengthen their positions in the point table which looks pretty crowded right now.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand Match Preview – Bangladesh Team
Having won the last contest against a tournament favourite would have added tons of confidence in them. Before the start of the game, it was assumed that South Africa might run riot over Bangladeshi batting given that they had Rabada and Lungi Ngidi who can pepper any batsman with short pitch bowling throughout the day.
Given how Pakistan could not cope with the short bowling against England in the tournament openers, it was expected that Bangladesh would face the heat as well because of being a sub-continent side. But what happened was history when Bangladesh went on to score their highest score in World cups. And when they face New Zealand, their aim would be to replicate the very success they had against South Africa.
The batting looked fabulous with Tamim and Soumya Sarkar going after the bowling initially in the innings. Soumya Sarkar was particularly more aggressive and would look to play the same role as in the previous match while his partner who didn’t have much of a stay in the middle would want to spend some more time. It is his presence that can change the whole match scenario for Bangladesh. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim were brilliant at number three and four taking part in a record third-wicket partnership that changed the complexion of the game completely. The two senior-most players in the squad took upon themselves to take the team home after a brilliant start provided by Soumya Sarkar. Their forms would be crucial for their campaign throughout.
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Mithun, Mahmadullah, and Mosaddek then scored freely to take the team to a score which could be defended easily. Their duties would again to be the aggressor if they are sent after 35 overs or be the retriever of the match if there is a clash at the top of the batting line up.
The bowling too looked sharp with captain Mortaza choosing a spinner to bowl the second over, something which had an impact on the match as well. Mehidy Hasan’s form would be crucial while Fizz has been fantastic in his short bursts. The captain would, however, have to think about his own bowling performance as he was belted for 50 runs in 6 overs, something he would definitely ponder over. Having said that, the team would not like to make any changes to a winning formation which must always be respected.
Bangladesh Team: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal
Bangladesh Expected XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmadullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman
Bangladesh vs New Zealand Match Preview – New Zealand Team
Coming into the world cup, the New Zealand captain would often reiterate the fact that they would be the underdogs in the tournament. His often-shy nature would compel the opponents to use soft tactics but Williamson has different plans ready for different teams. His assertion of being an underdog often charges him with the probability of not being over-scrutinized. This is exactly how they prepared for their tournament opener against Sri Lanka.
The other day, the new legs of Jofra Archer had peppered the South African batsmen with bounce and pace. So, Williamson had another plan for the sub-continental team. Not use the short ball but the skittish swinging deliveries to derail the opposition which expected short ball stuff. That paid quite brilliantly as they packed Sri Lanka for a mere 135 which they chased down with 10 wickets in hand.
A lot cannot be talked about the batting as they faced bowling which has not fared well in the recent past and which was not tasked well also. But whatever the openers faced, they bludgeoned them easily into the stands. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro played some fearsome cricket to take home New Zealand. What must be talked about is their bowling which stood up to the task. Matt Henry opened up the innings proceedings but it was Lockie Ferguson who brought the opposition to the mat with some fiery fast bowling show. Other bowlers as well contributed to bowl out the opposition.
When they take against Bangladesh, expect nothing less than an onslaught from the New Zealand bowlers and Bangladesh must approach the game in a similar fashion which they did against South Africa. They must understand the value of their wickets.
New Zealand Team: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
New Zealand Expected XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mossadek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
Bangladesh vs New Zealand Match Preview
Match: BAN vs NZ, Match 9, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
When: Wednesday, June 05, 2019 12:30 PM GMT
Where: Kennington Oval, London
Average 1st inning score: 249
Average 2nd inning score: 215
Highest Total: 398/5 (50 Ov) by NZ vs ENG
Lowest Total: 103/10 (41 Ov) by ENG vs RSA
Highest Chased: 322/3 (48.4 Ov) by SL vs IND
Lowest Defended: 260/5 (50 Ov) by AUS vs ENG