Get ready for an epic showdown! Check out our Cricket Match Preview of New Zealand vs Bangladesh, featuring key players and predictions.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand Preview
Bangladesh come up against New Zealand in match 11th match of the ICC Men’s World Cup in Chennai on the 13th of October.
Bangladesh played England in their second match of the CWC, and England won 137 runs. Bangladesh won the toss and sent England into bat, that may have been a mistake. England were off to a terrific start and made it through to 115 before they lost their first wicket in the 18th over. Dawid Malan continued to plunder the Bangladesh bowlers on the way to an unbeaten 140. The Bangladesh bowlers finished strong in the last ten overs and restricted England to 364 runs when they were staring down the barrel of chasing 400+ runs for a while. Reece Topley was excellent with the new ball, and he had Bangladesh reeling at 26/3 in the 6th over. England kept the pressure on throughout the innings and ended up bowling Bangladesh out for 227.
The top performers in GDS for Bangladesh were.
Mehedi Hasan – 128 points
Litton Das - 103 points
Shoriful Islam – 102 points
Mushfiqur Rahim – 71 points
Taskin Ahmed – 54 points
New Zealand played Netherlands in their second match of the CWC, and New Zealand won by 99 runs. Netherlands won the toss and sent New Zealand into bat and the Kiwis made the most of batting first. New Zealand were off to a solid start and lost their first wicket in the 13th over with the score at 67. Netherlands continued to pick up regular wickets and New Zealand ended up scoring 322 runs off their fifty overs. Netherlands was off to a slow start in their run chase and New Zealand kept the run rate required steadily climbing. New Zealand bowled the Netherlands out for 223 in the 47th over. Mitchell Santner was the star of the show with the ball and picked up five wickets.
The top performers in GDS for New Zealand were.
Mitchell Santner - 201 points
Matt Henry – 121 points
Rachin Ravindra – 113 points
Will Young – 89 points
Tom Latham – 69 points
MA Chidambaram Stadium & Pitch Information
A lot of reports indicate that the pitch at MA Chidabaram Stadium is very supportive to spinners. It may support spin compared to many other grounds but when I looked into spin vs seam at this venue, I found out that this might not always be the case. Over the previous 24 ODIs played here, seam bowlers have taken 205 wickets and spin bowlers have taken 129 wickets. We did see India and Australia play here a few days ago and Australia did struggle against the Indian spin attack. We did also see the Indian top order find it very challenging against the Australian quicks. I think both seam and spin bowlers will be able to produce decent fantasy output on this pitch.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand predicted XIs
Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam and Mustafizur Rahman/Nasum Ahmed
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Will Young, Kane Williamson, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Mark Henry, Lockie Ferguson/Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult
Who to play in your GDS starting XI
The three batters that I am likely going to start will be Devon Conway, Kane Williamson and Will Young. Over the last ten matches, these players average the following points based on the GDS scoring.
Devon Conway – 74 points
Kane Williamson – 48 points
Will Young – 51 points
Conway has been in good form this tournament, averaging 92 runs with the bat. That works out to be an average of 126 points in GDS. He will continue to be a must start for me. It sounds like Williamson is set to return from injury for this match. He did play a couple of warmups prior to the CWC beginning and he looked in good nick. Will Young played well against Netherlands and scored a respectable 70 runs. He did play in New Zealand’s recent tour of Bangladesh and over the three ODIs in scored two 50s and had a duck. Najmul Hossain Shanto is the pick of the Bangladesh batters for me, and he might be a late inclusion to my starting XI depending on which team bats first.
If you don’t have the suggested three players in your squad, I have ranked the remaining batters for Bangladesh and New Zealand in the following order. Najmul Hossain Shanto, Daryl Mitchell, Tanzid Hasan and Towhid Hridoy.
The four all-rounders that I am likely going to start will be Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan. Over the last ten matches these players average the following points based on the GDS scoring.
Rachin Ravindra – 87 points
Mitchell Santner – 82 points
Shakib Al Hasan – 96 points
Mehidy Hasan – 73 points
The way Ravindra, Santner and Al Hasan have been playing, they are auto picks in this match in my opinion. Ravindra and Al Hasan both bat high up their respective batting orders and are likely to bowl a decent number of overs through the middle stages. Santner is coming off a man of the match performance and has bowled 20 overs so far this tournament, taking seven wickets. Picking the fourth all-rounder is tough and I keep flicking between Mehidy Hasan and Mahedi Hasan. Mehidy was outstanding against Afghanistan with the bat and ball while Mahedi was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers against England, taking four wickets. At the moment I’m favouring Mehidy as he bats higher up the order, but I may change my mind depending on which team bowls first.
If you don’t have the suggested four players in your squad, I have ranked the remaining all-rounders for Bangladesh and New Zealand in the following order. Mahedi Hasan and Glenn Phillips.
The three bowlers that I am likely going to start will be Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Shoriful Islam. Over the last ten matches these players average the following points based on the GDS scoring.
Trent Boult – 107 points
Matt Henry – 79 points
Shoriful Islam – 82 points
Boult has been underwhelming so far in this tournament and has been overshadowed by Henry. Boult is still New Zealand’s premium fast bowler and if the Kiwis bowl second, we may see him take the top off the Bangladesh top order. Henry has been one of the best seam bowlers in the CWC so far and is an auto pick for me in this match. Selecting the third bowler has been tough and I have gone with Islam over Ahmed. Islam has been the better bowler of the two over Bangladesh’s opening two matches of the CWC.
If you don’t have the suggested three players in your squad, I have ranked the remaining bowlers for Bangladesh and New Zealand in the following order. Taskin Ahmed, Lockie Ferguson/Ish Sodhi and Mustafizur Rahman/Nasum Ahmed.
The wicket keeper that I am likely going to start will be Tom Latham. Over the last ten matches the wicket keepers from these teams average the following points based on the GDS scoring.
Tom Latham – 50 points
Mushfiqur Rahim – 44 points
Litton Das – 39 points
Tom Latham in my opinion is the safe option but if you are looking for a POD, Das can be very appealing as he does open the batting. To be honest, all these players have some appeal to them. I generally like to go with a wicket keeper that does actually keep on the field as they offer a more upside through catches and stumpings. I have Latham ranked above Rahim due to Latham batting higher up the order. Once again, it does depend on who bats first.