New Zealand Bangladesh 100.5°E Dcw Feed 09 june 2019
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BAN-V-NZ ICC ChaMpion Trophy-2019 (100.5E)
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By Tristan Holme
As Bangladesh look to maintain their upward trajectory, there are a couple of items that stick out on their to-do list. One is to beat the teams immediately above them on a more regular basis, while the other is to win key games in world tournaments.
On Friday (June 9), they will have the opportunity to tick both of those boxes when they face New Zealand in a crunch Champions Trophy match in Cardiff. New Zealand sit fifth on the ICC ODI rankings, two places above Bangladesh, and have not always been able to keep the Asian side at arm’s length.
On consecutive tours in 2010 and 2013, they lost six straight matches to Bangladesh, and when the two teams met twice in Dublin last month, the head-to-head score was one win apiece, with Bangladesh registering their first victory over New Zealand away from home. New Zealand were not at full strength for that tri-series in Ireland, but the gap nevertheless seems to be closing.
Bangladesh also have a good record at major ODI tournaments, going back to their stunning win over Pakistan at the 1999 World Cup. In 2007, they shocked South Africa, and in 2011 and 2019, it was England who suffered as they reached the quarterfinals on both occasions. Might this be the game where they register their first Champions Trophy win since the tournament was reserved for the top eight nations?
It would be a great time to do it. Neither team has a win to their name in this competition but this game is very much a ‘live’ affair. Whoever wins will go through to the semifinal if Australia fail to beat England on Saturday. Given the form that England have shown, these two teams will feel that the next round is reachable.
New Zealand will be kicking themselves if they are not the ones watching Saturday’s game with interest, given how well they started the tournament. Having competed with both Australia and England in their first two matches, this is their chance to nail down some points.
While both sides have one in-form batsman who has been let down by those around him – Kane Williamson for New Zealand, Tamim Iqbal for Bangladesh – New Zealand also have the better all-round attack. They will start as narrow favourites, with Bangladesh looking to narrow the gap even further.
When: 9th June, 2019 at 10:30 AM Local Time; 3 PM IST
Where: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff