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2017 ICC Champions Trophy: New Zealand Vs Bangladesh – Bangladesh Predicted XI 

2017 ICC Champions Trophy: New Zealand Vs Bangladesh – Bangladesh Predicted XI

In a must win the game, both New Zealand and Bangladesh would like to put in their each and every effort to keep themselves alive in the race to semi-finals. There is one highlighting fact going into the game i.e. even a win here will not assure either of the team a place in the next round because if Australia defeats England in their next contest, then they will join the host country in the top four. So the winner of this game will also hope England to defeat Australia so as one of the two teams can go in the next round.

Talking of the contest, New Zealand is expected to dominate Bangladesh due to tottering performance from them. In the opening game of the tournament, Bangladesh posted a total of 305 on the board which slumped down to 182 against Australia.

The contests seem to be an interesting one, which will keep everyone tied to the seats till last.

Overview –

Bangladesh – A team which has qualified for the Mini World Cup after a break of 11 years, one can understand their dreams with which they came in but their hopes to establish themselves in the league of big guns have already been obliterated by England and Australia. Though rain prevented them from a loss against Australia till the water droplets poured down, their weakness was already out in open and exposed. Batting line-up registered an epic fallout against Australian followed by bowlers too failing to put a cap on Kangaroos batting line-up.

Bangladesh have just climbed to the sixth spot, best in their career and more than the anything, it’s their responsibility to play like a number sixth team in the do or die game.

New Zealand – In their first league stage game against Australia where they were sensing a win after three quick wickets but rain kept them away and in the second game, they lost to England. They are yet to add a win in their account and going in the contest, they have dual pressure, not to just win the game, but also hope that England defeats Australia.

Apart from that, the players have to also perform well, especially opener Luke Ronchi, who failed in his only second outing as an opener in the tournament after being promoted at the top. The success of the team heavily depends upon him and skipper Kane Williamson, as we saw in the last game.

Sooner, they will understand their responsibility – better the result will be for the team.

Talking Points –

Even before going in the game, there is a tension going in the minds of captains of both the sides i.e. even a win will not be enough to get to the next stop. This tension will eat up the players and both the skippers till the time the result of the contest between Australia and England is out. If Australia wins then this a match will be null and void and both the teams will be back in their respective continents.

For Bangladesh, again the key will be the opening batsman Tamim Iqbal. The success of the team depends on him heavily and on the other side, Kane Williamson is the man for New Zealand, who will be the biggest talking point in the game and Bangladesh camp as well.

Bangladesh can take inspiration from their win against the same team a few days back in Ireland. On the other hand, New Zealand can comfort themselves by reminding that it was a squad that didn’t have many star players.

Bangladesh Predicted XI –

Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain.

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