Bangladesh V New Zealand World T20 Preview – Match 28
Winless Bangladesh hopes to take something back from India in the final Group 2 game for either side
25 March 2016 17:20
The match is Bangladesh's last shot at taking something back home after three straight defeats.
New Zealand became the first team to book a place in next week’s semi-finals after defeating India, Australia and Pakistan to make it three in three in the group stage.
But Kane Williamson's side will want to keep its momentum going before it enters the tournament's last-four.
Williamson has so far relied on spin, with Trent Boult and Tim Southee – New Zealand's main strike bowlers – left to warm the bench as Nathan McCullum, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner in the first game, and only the last two in the other games, have led the attack.
Martin Guptill, who top scored with 80 in Tuesday's win over Pakistan, said New Zealand would not necessarily stick to the same lineup but would wait to see what the Eden Gardens pitch had in store.
Guptill said New Zealand was enjoying its cricket and there was no reason why it couldn't finish the group with an all-win record. “We've got a mindset of being aggressive and just going out to have a bit of fun,” he said. “At the moment, everyone is having fun playing cricket, and we are playing some good cricket together, putting in some good performances. If we can do that again against Bangladesh, who knows, we can go through unbeaten.”
The match is Bangladesh's last shot at taking something back home after three straight defeats, including a heartbreaking last-ball loss to India on Wednesday night.
After his team missed out despite needing two runs from three balls against India, Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh captain, has to pick his team up.
“It's always difficult to take something from it (a close defeat) to another match,” he said after losing to India. “But obviously being professional players we have to take it and play hard cricket in the last match. Obviously if we can do something there then we can take something back home.”
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wicketkeeper), Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shuvagata Hom, Saqlain Sajib.
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