|Bangladesh vs. New Zealand||Cardiff||15:00 IST||A|
Bangladesh squad: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat
New Zealand squad: Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi(w), Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jeetan Patel
ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Preview – New Zealand vs. Bangladesh
If Bangladesh wish to balance their rocky start to ICC Champions Trophy 2017, they need to defeat the teams who are above them on the table and this crucial encounter today between New Zealand is just the type of clash they need to win at any cost.
New Zealand are ranked 5th in the ICC rankings and Bangladesh are ranked 8th, but as we have seen in the 2 matches of group A in this tournament, another upset could also be on the way. In 2010 and 2013, New Zealand lost six straight matches against Bangladesh. Both the teams met in Dublin last month and won a match apiece with Bangladesh won their first ever match against the kiwis in New Zealand.
New Zealand were not up to their full potential against the Irish in the tri series and the gap between the two teams playing today at Cardiff seems to be closing. Bangladesh are the team you look up to when you need a major upset in big tournaments like their famous win over Pakistan at the 1999 World Cup. South Africa were at the receiving end in the year 2007 and in 2011 and 2015 England lost to Bangladesh as they reached quarterfinals on both the occasions. Maybe this is the year where they upset the Kiwis or who knows any other team as they move forward in the tournament.
Whoever wins today’s clash will reach the semi final given England defeats Australia in the other fixture of group A which given England’s from in this tournament is totally possible. This is the best chance New Zealand has to get some points in their belt. They have faced both the top teams in their opening matches of ICC Champions trophy 2017 and will hope to get a win today Both the sides have batsmen who are in great form recently but they have got no support from the people who were in good form like Kane Williamson for New Zealand, Tamim Iqbal for Bangladesh.
The all around attack of New Zealand is better as compared to the Bangladesh and they will be the favorites to win as they wish to widen the gap between the two teams. The morning rain will be cleared up after 9 AM so there is a chance that the game will be delayed at the beginning but we will be able to see the action after the game starts. Both the teams have to give their absolute best to win this match if they want to continue in ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017.