As Champions Trophy is getting closer to semi-final phase the matches are becoming more decisive. The fixture between New Zealand and Bangladesh is sharp ended. The result has shifted to the tournament between Australia and England. If Australia wins, both New Zealand and Bangladesh will wrap-up the campaign. If England wins or the match is washed out, the winner moves to semis.
At this point, the only option for both New Zealand and Bangladesh to win and earn those crucial 2 points. Although, New Zealand has more victories than the other in the format in previous tournaments, the possibility for Bangladesh is always open. Moreover, the group phase emerged as rather surprising lately.
New Zealand, with batsmen like Kane Williamson and bowlers like Trent Boult, Tim Southee, has been able to keep up a stronger form in ODI. In the last tournament they played in December, the team nicked the game by 3-0. Bangladesh, on the other hand has reinforced its strength at the latest in the Ireland tournament the previous month.
In this Champions Trophy season, one of New Zealand’s matches was washed off. Against England, the team could not sustain its effort. In both the matches Kane Williamson was upbeat with strikes of 100 and 87. It was only those slogs from rest of the team that came up as the bummer. On the other side, Tamim Iqbal is clearly through a strong form. There were so good contributions from the likes of Soumya Sarkar and Shakin Al Hasan. This campaign against New Zealand could be a better chance for the players.
There is a chance of heavy rain disrupting the tournament. If the match is washed out, both the teams will dim their hopes reeling under net run rates. Batting first at Cardiff will offer a better chance. In last four ODIs on the pitch, the first team scored 300 plus runs. Average first inning score has been always better than that of second inning’s in the stadium.
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