In the second game on a doubleheader Wednesday, Bangladesh will be facing New Zealand at the Kennington Oval in World Cup 2019. Both teams are riding high on confidence as they had won their respective last games. The Kiwis blew away the Sri Lankan challenge while Bangladesh witnessed a close win against South Africa.
In recent times, Bangladesh has been playing some quality cricket with youngsters Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz grabbing their opportunity in the previous game but will surely be tested by an in-form Martin Guptill, who was particularly harsh on Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga in the first game.
With some of the world’s best players in action, here are some of the prediction of the game.
No changes are expected from Bangladesh after their second win over South Africa in World Cup history. Soumya Sarkar has got back his form and he will be opening along with the ever-reliable Tamim Iqbal at the top of the order. The trio of Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mahmudullah Riyad also put in a commendable performance against the Proteas and will be hoping for an encore.
The bowling unit looks decent with Mustafizur doing well in the slog overs. Mohammad Saifuddin was also able to nail the yorkers to perfection against JP Duminy and Chris Morris, an art which he would likely bank upon on Wednesday as well considering the nature of the pitch.
Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(WK), Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(C), Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman.
Like their opponents on Wednesday, New Zealand will not be considering making any changes to their squad. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill form an explosive opening pair and they will be complemented by calmness and experience of Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson, who have been prolific over the last couple of years.
Trent Boult has been brilliant with the ball with Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson will have to prove their worth again. While the Kiwis have opted only for one spinner in the side, they now have enough depth in the batting with Mitchell Santner and Jimmy Neesham batting at number 7 and 8.
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), RossTaylor, Tom Latham(WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson.
Predicted Fantasy XI
Mushfiqur Rahim, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mitchell Santner, Jimmy Neesham, Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Trent Boult, Matt Henry, and Mustafizur Rahman.