Sunday 1 April 2007 

Kiwis Eye An Australian Style Job On Bangladesh

New Zealand will aim to take a leaf out of champions Australia's book and dominate Bangladesh in their World Cup Super Eights match on Monday.

Stephen Fleming's men are in prime shape to challenge their traditional rivals' bid for an unprecedented hat-trick of Cup titles as they are only side other than Australia to remain unbeaten.

Australia crushed Bangladesh, making their maiden appearance in the second round, by 10 wickets in Saturday's rain-hit game.

A comfortable win for the Black Caps, as expected, against Bangladesh would leave them on the verge of a fifth semi-final spot in a tournament they have never won.

They brushed aside hosts West Indies by seven wickets in their first second round game to underline their form and resilience after a series of injuries.

Opening batsman Lou Vincent and paceman Daryl Tuffey have returned home due to injuries.

SMARTING KIWIS

New Zealand will also be keen to settle the score as they are still smarting from their defeat by Bangladesh in a warm-up match last month.

A big win would prepare them for the tough contests that lie ahead against Sri Lanka, South Africa and Australia.

The match will give New Zealand top order batsmen Peter Fulton, who replaced Vincent as opener, and the latter's injury replacement Hamish Marshall a chance to prove themselves after both failed against West Indies.

Bangladesh, left shell-shocked by the masterly seam bowling by Glenn McGrath on Saturday, now face the test of pace and nagging accuracy from Kiwi strike bowler Shane Bond.

The team, who qualified on the back of their upset group win over India, made only 104 for six in the 22-over game against Australia.

Coach Dav Whatmore criticised his young top order batsmen for unwisely trying to attack McGrath too early as the bowler grabbed three scalps to claim the record for most Cup wickets.

Whatmore hoped his batsmen would have learnt their lessons before facing an equally formidable New Zealand.

"New Zealand probably consider themselves as one of the favourites as well," Whatmore said. "They've been very strong all over.

"They're a very good fielding team, (it is) very difficult to bowl them out and they bat deep."

Bangladesh have an injury concern over paceman Tapash Baisya, who limped off with a leg injury against Australia.

© Reuters 2007

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