The tournament is already on New Zealand’s side. However, a win is important for Bangladesh to keep on track with its Champions trophy campaign. New Zealand won the first three matches. Still, the Kiwis would look for a strong finish to come out as the unbeatable team in the tri-series. The victory would be a good accolade for the upcoming big games in England. In their campaign against Ireland, New Zealand played with several hot heads just returning from their IPL campaigns. For Corey Anderson, Matt Henry and Adam Milne, the Ireland batting line-up could not provide a strong resistance.
On the other side, Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro played big knocks off Ireland bowlers. For New Zealand, the tournament came out as a warm-up preparation for Champions Trophy. They tried out several combinations to find out the most formidable option for the team. The inclusion of Jeetan Patel into the team is a strong indication of New Zealand’s preparedness to Champions Trophy. Patel offers a most required spin option in addition to what the Kiwis already has. Patel is important because he has a strong bowling record in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Bangladesh had a dismaying ODI season. The team faced consecutive defeats in four ODI matches. Winning the fixture against New Zealand will provide the team a strong morale booster, which is much required for the team. The team has several forerunners like Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Hasan who are expected to play good innings. In bowling fronts too, Bangladesh has good options to attack New Zealand.
New Zealand player Colin Munro was not selected for the Champions trophy, but he is on the current team. This makes his play important for himself, which could be the stepping stone to his next campaign. On Bangladesh’s side, Soumya Sarkar is on spotlight with his strong scores in previous ODIs. Matt Henry hopes to finish the tournament strong. He said since it was the last game, New Zealand will “sign off with another good win.”
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