New Zealand and Bangladesh face each other in a must win match at Cardiff. Both the teams are in contention for a place in semifinals, and their luck depends on England vs Australia match. In short, the winner of this encounter will advance to semi-finals if Australia fail to win their match against England. So both New Zealand and Bangladesh will be in no mood to take things lightly and will be keen to do their bit.
New Zealand are, quite surprisingly, at the bottom of Group A with Bangladesh in the third position.
Tamim Iqbal, the leading run scorer in the tournament so far, has been vital for Bangladesh. The left-hander scored 128 against England and 95 against Australia. And against Kiwis, he will be hungry for more. Tamim, however, was disappointed that despite his good outing with the bat, Bangladesh have not been able to register a win yet.
In opposite camp, it is Kane Williamson who holds the key. Williamson’s bat has yielded 100 and 87 against Australia and England respectively. And in this crucial tie, Kiwis will be hoping for a similar performance.
Head to head New Zealand and Bangladesh have faced each other 30 times. Kiwis lead the record with 21 wins while Bangladesh have emerged victorious nine times.
Bangladesh : 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 : 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.