Champions Trophy 2017: New Zealand v Bangladesh – Match Prediction
Group A is in an exciting position at the moment. Thanks to rain gods, both New Zealand and Bangladesh; despite losing a game each, are still contenders for the place in the semis. Naturally, with two washed out games, there is some maths involved now apart from the straightforward win-loss affair.
New Zealand and Bangladesh, first off, are in a must-win situation. The winner stands a direct chance of making it to the semis if Australia loses to England a day after in Birmingham on June 10. If the Aussies overhaul the hosts, win or loss wouldn’t matter much for both Blackcaps and Bangla Tigers. Either of them would only manage three points while Australia will sail ahead with 4 points.
Moreover, both the teams will also pray that rains don’t arrive. No result would be a danger for their prospect of qualifying as well.
As of now, staying alive would be the aim for both the teams. New Zealand and Bangladesh would love to make sure they become worthy enough of a place in the last four.
New Zealand has been hot and cold so far in terms of form. Their tournament opener against Australia was impressive. Skipper Kane Williamson struck a century and the bowlers put the team in a winning position before rain forced a no-result.
But the second game against England was troublesome as they looked off track during the chase of 311. Kane Williamson was yet again on the song and registered 87 but the rest of the men failed which eventually led to a heavy 87 runs loss.
Bangladesh also has a similar story. They lost the first match against England despite posting a 300+ total. The following game against Australia was fortunately saved by the rain. Batting first, Bangladesh were skittled out for just 182 and were one the verge of potentially losing the match as Australia set off the chase wonderfully. Bad weather, however, caused an interruption and forced a no result as the stipulated 20 overs were not bowled at the time the covers were brought on.
Also, both the teams have been meeting regularly since last year. Therefore, they would have a natural assessment of the each other’s qualities. Bangladesh, particularly, will draw confidence from the first overseas win which they registered over New Zealand before the start of the tournament during the Tri-series in Ireland. It was a special feat, but they should not get carried away with it as tomorrow they will face a much, much stronger Blackcaps unit.
Tracking the strengths:
Tamim Iqbal and his form will be a huge boost. The left-hander is currently the highest run-getter of the tournament with 223 runs in 2 games. He started off with a century against England followed it up with a 95-run knock against Australia. And, he assures another good performance having already gotten better of top class bowling attacks twice in past few days. He will definitely be the trump card. If he finds success yet again, Bangladesh can again hope of a good total on the scoreboard.
Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi will be the key men for New Zealand. Williamson is in great nick whereas both Guptill and Ronchi promise cracking starts. Bangladesh’s bowling hasn’t been up to the mark with the pitches not looking conducive to their medium pacers. Therefore it will be an advantage for the NZ top order. In the bowling department, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Adam Milne will be he threats for the opposition.
New Zealand will be the team with the advantage. They are stronger and promise a better all-round performance as compared to Bangladesh who seems to be over-reliant on a couple names. The unpredictability factor which the Bangladesh carries, however, will make the game more interesting.
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