Contrasting wins in their first matches aside, Bangladesh and New Zealand look to continue their winning momentum. This ICC World Cup 2019 day/night encounter will be played on Wednesday at The Oval.
This ground has already seen two games and three of the four innings went past 300. Bangladesh themselves have been in a high-scoring match. They defeated South Africa, while New Zealand ran comfortable winners against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh have shown in their first match that they can be a tricky opponent. Even with Tamim Iqbal not firing at the top, their batting looks very dangerous. Seniors Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim have contributed well.
Mustafizur Rahman has re-discovered his pace and rhythm. Better news is the development of youngster Mohammad Saifuddin. Bangladesh look to have covered all the bases and should challenge their opponents tooth and nail
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The Kiwis have been extremely clinical against Sri Lanka. The bowlers led by Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry were exceptional. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro then went through the chase with ease. With Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in great form, New Zealand look a well-balanced outfit.
Pitch will play its part in their plans, as New Zealand will look to bounce out Bangladesh. Although Tim Southee and Henry Nicholls are not close to full fitness, there is enough depth to cover all the bases.
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Shakib Al Hasan averages a very healthy 43.4 when he comes at three or four. Add the wickets that he brings, the all-rounder becomes a must have for your side.
Soumya Sarkar has eased Bangladesh’s opening worries. He loves dominating attacks and has a SR of more than 100. Since the start of 2018, he averages 41.69 at a SR of 109.05. Great numbers to give a place in your side!
Ross Taylor has an average of 68.85 since the end of the last World Cup. This is second only to Virat Kohli, which in itself is a huge achievement.
Bangladesh are likely to stick to the same playing XI.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal 2 Soumya Sarkar 3 Shakib Al Hasan 4 Mushfiqur Rahman WK) 5 Mahmudullah 6 Mohammad Mithun 7 Mosaddek Hossain 8 Mehidy Hasan 9 Mohammad Saifuddin 10 Mashrafe Mortaza (C) 11 Mustafizur Rahman
New Zealand are also likely to continue the same team.
New Zealand: 1 Colin Munro 2 Martin Guptill 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Ross Taylor 5 Tom Latham (WK) 6 James Neesham 7 Colin de Grandhomme 8 Mitchell Santner 9 Matt Henry 10 Lockie Ferguson 11 Trent Boult
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