Date & Time: Wednesday, June 05, 18:00 IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London, England
Bangladesh Batting Vs New Zealand Bowling
Both Bangladesh and New Zealand are coming into this game with a thumping win behind their backs, as we are all set to witness the second day-night game of this World Cup. Over the years, Bangladesh has grown into a dominant force in white ball cricket. New Zealand and Bangladesh have a real chance of qualifying into the semi finals today.
Both the teams are likely to continue with their winning combination and not meddle with their line ups.
After two high scoring encounters here at the Oval, London, we can expect another 300+ runs to be scored by the team batting first. Once again, the team winning the toss might be tempted to bowl first, even as South Africa had failed to chase the target in both the occasions previously, since the ball could come onto the bat nicely under lights. Reverse swing could once again be a factor like the last game and Bangladesh bowlers could potentially exploit that a bit more than New Zealand bowlers.
Former Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is one of the most consistent players for them in recent times. He has improved leaps and bounds in terms of power hitting and with that he is now able to catch up with the strike rate even if he only rotates the strike at the start. He has scored 302 runs in his last 5 ODI games at a strike rate of 100 and also has a couple of 70+ scores in his last 4 matches at this venue.
Since 2015 World Cup, Ross Taylor’s stunning batting average of 68.85 is the second best ODI average with Virat Kohli ahead of him. His last two ODI scores at this venue are 64 and 71. He has a very good record against Bangladesh bowlers in recent ODI cricket.
Lockie Ferguson has consistently bowled above 145+ kph in the last game against Sri Lanka. His pace might be too hot to handle for the Bangladesh batsmen as they have poor record against him. He has the numbers of almost all the batsmen from Bangladesh in recent ODIs and could well be the one to watch out for in today’s match.
The Bangladesh skipper has been in poor form coming into the World Cup and had another poor outing against South Africa in the last game. He may be a fan favorite, but his place in the playing XI will soon be questioned if he is not picking up wickets consistently. He has not picked up any wickets in his last 3 matches and has a bowling average of 89 against New Zealand batsmen in recent ODIs.