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Bangladesh, New Zealand hope to remain alive - Match Preview

Tamim Iqbal during a practice session ahead of the game against New Zealand
Tamim Iqbal during a practice session ahead of the game against New Zealand
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Match details:

9th Match, Group A - New Zealand v Bangladesh
9th June, 10:30 local, 09:30 GMT, Cardiff

New Zealand and Bangladesh will face each other in their final group encounter in Cardiff on Friday with the winner remaining alive in the tournament and the loser heading back home.

Both teams have a point each from their respective rain abandoned game against Australia and both have suffered defeats against England which makes the contest vital. New Zealand haven't quite looked the team known for in the limited overs format. Even though, their bowling has been good in patches, it is their batting that once again left a lot to be desired. Kane Williamson has been doing the repair work on both their games so far with a century and a 87-run knock but if the Black Caps aim to go a distance in the tournament, they need the likes of Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Neil Broom and Martin Guptill to come good.You can follow all the action at our Live Cricket Scores section and if you want a flutter, bet in play with a great offer from Bet Bright

Bangladesh on the other hand are similar to New Zealand as they over depend on opener Tamim Iqbal, who has been in fabulous form in this tournament with a century and a 95 already to his name. Questions will be raised on Imrul Kayes at number three as the team management will be tempted to push Sabbir Rahman back to the top order allowing Mosaddek Hossain to return back and Shakib Al Hasan has had a quite tournament till now. The team can still take a lot of confidence from the recent away series win they achieved against New Zealand in Ireland.

Even though, rain is predicted at the start of the day, we might still get close to a full game as the forecast seems to be better for the later part of the day.

Qualification Scenarios Explained:

Both teams will be out of the tournament irrespective of today's result, if Australia managed to win England in the final game of the group. Even a tie or a no result will do Steven Smith's men as they have a better net run rate as compared to the New Zealand and Bangladesh.

For Bangladesh and New Zealand - Both need a win here on Friday which will take their tally to three points - one more than Australia and will be hoping for England to defeat their Ashes rivals.

Head to Head record:

New Zealand have a good record over Bangladesh with 21 wins from 30 games and have also managed a win in their solitary appearance in the Champions Trophy game against the Asian team that came in September 2002.

However, in their recent most encounter during the tri-series in Ireland, Bangladesh registered their first away win against the Black Caps.

Probable Team:

New Zealand - 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Luke Ronchi (wk), 3. Kane Williamson (captain), 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Corey Anderson, 6. Neil Broom / Colin de Grandhomme, 7. James Neesham, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Adam Milne, 11. Trent Boult

Bangladesh - 1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Imrul Kayes / Soumya Sarkar, 3. Sabbir Rahman, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5. Shakib Al Hasan, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Mosaddek Hossain, 8. Mehedi Hasan, 9. Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), 10. Mustafizur Rahman, 11. Rubel Hossain

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