Bangladesh v New Zealand, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele

Bangladesh, New Zealand clash with point to prove

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September 20, 2012

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September 21, 2012
Start time 1530 local (1000 GMT)

Brendon McCullum scored a quick 91, India v New Zealand, 2nd T20I, Chennai, September 11, 2012
An explosive start by Brendon McCullum could fire up New Zealand in the Group of Death © Associated Press
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New Zealand, considered underdogs for the tournament, will open their World Twenty20 campaign against a team that is also considered this year's dark horses and actually hold a mental edge over them - Bangladesh crushed the visiting New Zealand side 4-0 in a one-day series, and though that was two years ago, the memory is fresh for the eight members of the current squad who rejoiced with the cricket-crazy nation at the time. But Bangladesh have to quickly realise New Zealand will be eager to take the lead in a group that also contains Pakistan.

Ross Taylor will lead a side that has traditionally done well in multi-team tournaments, where they gel as a unit to reduce the gap between them and more talented or experienced sides. But this hasn't been a very positive year for New Zealand. They did start the 2011-12 season with home and away wins over Zimbabwe on either side of a drawn Test series in Australia - which included that win in Hobart - but it has been downhill ever since, losing at home to South Africa and away to West Indies in all three formats. There was a spark of hope coming into this tournament, as they recovered from a Test-series loss in India to take the rain-hit Twenty20 series 1-0 with a win in Chennai. Subsequently, in a way, this is a great stage for New Zealand - they get a global tournament in which to impress and make up for a poor year.

The main issue for them is fitness: Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee and Rob Nicol went to Kandy a day later than the rest of the team, too sick to travel on the stipulated day. The trio suffered gastro problems in Colombo, but have since recovered and are likely to be fit for selection. Also, Kyle Mills, who was recovering from his collision with Brendon McCullum during the India T20, had a bout of laryngitis. He too is expected to be fit.

Still, whether they are tested would entirely depend on how much fight Bangladesh can provide. Bangladesh, as opposed to New Zealand, come into this competition confident and well-prepared: after their rousing Asia Cup performance, they have devoted the Bangladesh off-season to exclusively playing Twenty20s.

The recent history between the two sides, the talent within them and their strong reasons for needing to reach the Super Eights could produce a tremendous encounter.

Form guide

Bangladesh LWLWW (completed matches, most recent first)
New Zealand WLLLL

Watch out for

Brendon McCullum, the man who has played some of the most memorable Twenty20 innings since the format's inception. It is not really a surprise that he is the leading run-scorer in Twenty20 internationals. His most recent chartbuster came from No. 3 against India and he could continue in that role.

Bangladesh would expect Tamim Iqbal, their most destructive batsman, to be the fire-starter. Like McCullum, he can carve up an attack if things go to plan. But that's where the similarities end. Tamim hasn't fulfilled expectations in Twenty20 cricket, but the recent series in Europe and, especially, the Sri Lanka Premier League have helped him understand the format's demands.

Team news

For once Bangladesh have a settled line-up in Twenty20 cricket. The modified top-order would mean persistence with Mohammad Ashraful as Tamim's opening partner and Shakib Al Hasan at No. 3. Shakib's promotion would leave the middle-order with the task of finishing games, with Mushfiqur Rahim leading the way, and Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah for company. Ziaur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza will provide the big-hitting down the order. The only change, mainly due to conditions in Pallekele that are not too conducive to spin bowling, could be that Abul Hasan's pace is preferred to the left-arm spin of Elias Sunny. Jahurul Islam, Farhad Reza and Junaid Siddique will only get a look-in if there's an injury.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Nasir Hossain, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Elias Sunny/Abul Hasan

New Zealand possess some prominent T20 cricketers; the key for Taylor would be to put together a line-up that balances attack and defence. He would be mindful of keeping the Bangladesh top-order quiet - Nathan McCullum could take the new ball to counter left-hander Tamim, but the difficulty would be to pick between four specialist pace bowlers who offer something different. Southee, if he has recovered sufficiently, would be picked on form, but Doug Bracewell and Adam Milne have pace, while Mills has guile.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Ross Taylor (capt), 6 Jacob Oram, 7 James Franklin, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Tim Southee/Doug Bracewell, 11 Kyle Mills/Adam Milne

Pitch and conditions

The batsmen would be happy to know that the Pallekele pitches offer a better run-rate than the other two venues at the World Twenty20 and New Zealand have some idea of this venue's profligate nature: they racked up a 300-plus score against Pakistan in the World Cup here last year and won by 110 runs. The weather, however, could ruin the contest, as there is forecast of rain in the area at noon on Friday.

Stats and trivia

  • Bangladesh have played one-fourth of all their T20Is in July this year.
  • New Zealand have been involved in three tied games so far, the most by any team.


    "If we had played some of our build-up matches against top teams, preparations would have been a little better. Still, with us playing together for quite some time now, I believe this is our best Twenty20 team."
    Bangladesh's Mashrafe Mortaza

    "It's a very tough group and it's going to be a tough game. We can't take them for granted, they have got some world-class players in their side and we know that. We have respect for them and we can only control how we play."
    New Zealand's Martin Guptill

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Posted by Afridynamite on (September 20, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

@sanga_cricket_fan mate you got that right. Bangladesh is still a minnow and will be for the forseeable future

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

For Bangladesh to win 1) Either Tamim or Shakib has to click by showing an excellent batting display as the middle order is more likely to under-perform considering the last few outings. 2) The bowling would be all right for Bangladesh as long as we get the wickets of B.MaCullum and Ross Taylor without troubling the scorecard. The pitch is very spin friendly and would suit our spinners. 3) Play out D.Vettori like a champion and not give him any breakthroughs. 4) Excellent fielding.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (September 20, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

@Omarrz : Although, Pakistan is the only team who played all the semis of T20 world cup. But this time they will have hard time to qualify for super8. Pakistani bowling side is one of the best among the all teams but their batting is really bad. Only "Akmal Brothers" can not help to avoid the defeat. FYI: Pakistan team is one my favorite team anyway. Good luck.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 20, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

I feel this game could be CLOSE. Both NZ and Bangladesh have had shaky starts to their World T20 campaigns. I am sure both teams will want to get a head start. As a neutral, I want a quality game. Bangladesh should avoid depending on Shakib and Tamim to pull them out of pressure situations. NZ on the other hand must play the Bangladeshi spinners well. They have some good batsmen and bowlers. As always the Black Caps will field brilliantly. This game will be a cracker !!!

Posted by kc69 on (September 20, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Tough group any team can win

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

bd must win the match..sakib nd tamim will destroy nz

Posted by rashid_abbasi on (September 20, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

@Ravi time will tell you . who will knock out .but best of luck for bd pakistani fan

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 20, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

good luck to both teams. New zealand is one of my favourite team. i dont want them going home earlier.bangladesh is a minnow but i want them to do well. so im confused whom to support.

Posted by Masud_BITK on (September 20, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

This will be first competitive match with two equal strength's team. NZ is unpredictibe like Pakistan but Bangladesh is consistence with medium quality ability. If NZ does not make their day ON, Bangladesh surely win. If NZ find themselve fire, BD will lose the way. This is the reason this will be a tense match.

Posted by TRAM on (September 20, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

@alicheema. Second that.... Most recent "first". But what is first?? There are languages that are read right to left. For them right is the "first".

Posted by Omarrz on (September 20, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

@Ravi Kiran --> dream on my friendly neighbor. Pak is the only team, read again, The-Only-Team that has played all the Semis of T20 WCs so far. Let's call Pakistan "The Australia" of T20 WCs

Posted by GasPipe on (September 20, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Would love to see Adam Milne get a gallop. He has been taking wickets in warm-ups and his bowling has improved, would be great to see him steaming in.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

To me this is the best group for BD. As both Pak and NZ are not consistent teams, on a bad day Pak team can lose to third class club.

Posted by lilyblackcapsfan on (September 20, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

I believe New Zealand will probably win this match. If they don't, then we obviously have some problems in our best form of the game. Bangladesh are not to be underestimated, and I expect them to give New Zealand a tough time. Bangladesh would have to play amazingly to beat NZ. Also believe New Zealand can beat Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

nz will tater against bd attack...

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

Dark Horses will be show their excellence and grip the match

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

best of luck to Bangladesh.... from all the crickets fans of Pakistan!

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

I will be there watching the match live at the grounds, Insha Allah

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

if kiwi can play with the consistency which they showed in the warm up match with the african's then it will be hard to beat them for any team although I would like to see the bd team to come up as a winner against the kiwi to be a in a better spot for the super 8 ...... lets see who can come up with winners good luck to both team whom have a lot to prove for their each nation

Posted by cimrsimg on (September 20, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

I think B'desh are favorites here.

Posted by Akmilon on (September 20, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

If BD batting fast & collect 160 ,then BD win,insallah....

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

At present we are lose any hard team in the world. Watch ahead.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Bangladesh will top this group, pak will be knocked out

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Pappu_bhai ... its not too late to consider indian team as associates team member of cricket as like their hockey team..

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

InshAllah Bangladesh will play their best cricket in this tournament. All the best tigers....

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Good luck to Bangladesh. Make us proud after tomorrows victory!.

Posted by dulabhai on (September 20, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

I don't understand why everyone is so worried. BD will definitely win against NZ. But then they will loose badly to PAK spin...and then it will come down to net run rate...and NZ will progress to super 8....

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Cool article.. but not cool for kiwis. they will be at hot seat tonight.i like the name of this group "Group of Death" .. ya it is a group of death for either sides in this groups..but Pakistan is much better team in Sri lankan conditions to fire up and beat these two teamss. Best of luck Bangladesh for Tomorrow and Best of luck to Pakistan for rest of the tournament.

Posted by alicheema on (September 20, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Under the heading "Form Guide" in my opinion its better to write like this...most recent on the left side instead of writing "most recent first".

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Its the Kiwis who are in Must win situation than the tigers!!! SO all pressure will be on them, in addition to that, Tigers will be playing in a ground which suits their style lot more than it does to the Kiwis. Hence Id say, its a 70-30% chance with The Tigers.

Posted by asadkum on (September 20, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Mohammad Asad from USA ..................

Looks like Bangladesh team is a balanced one and in T20 they are capable to beat any team; yeah !!! considering the NZ strength this match would be a competitive one............................. Anyway, Good Luck !!!!!!!

Posted by nathan188 on (September 20, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

@ sallu_bhai... Hes considered a class act because he has scored runs regular basis for New Zealand over the last 5 years or so. With that, he plays a destructive game. If you don't think he is class, clearly you are blind... or simply do not know your cricket. In terms of comparing him to the Amla's and Kallis... Hes not on their level, but they are in a class of their own.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

This is the best SQUAD for BANGLADESH ,,,,,,,, Best of Luck Bangladesh,,,,,,,,,,,

Bangladesh will win for sure..........

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (September 20, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

As Sallu Bhai told Taylor is a handicap player in off side.Mohammad hafiz is better batsman than Taylor as he can play allround the wicket.Swap Hafeez with taylor i believe NZ will surely win as Taylor is inconsistent compared to Hafeez.

Posted by Nehans on (September 20, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

only group where some surprises may be expected....winner from other groups are very straight forward.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (September 20, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Kiwis r favorite here as they have good & deep batting line up. But BD have a good record vs NZ in Asian condition. Last time tigers whitewashed them at home. So probably it's a 55%-45% game in favor of NZ. Weak middle order is the worry for BD tigers which gives Kiwis the advantage.

Posted by cairo on (September 20, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Bangladesh will win for sure..........

Posted by supporter_of_minnows on (September 20, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

come on tigers!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sallu_bhai on (September 20, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

I amazed how newslands taylor regarded as a great batsman.. he is a handicap player on the offside..i think he started his career as a sweeper. Williamson is a good finding.. As far as bangladesh is concerned Tamim Iqbal is more worse than Sehwag in the case of consistency, and of course in talent..

Posted by mmzmika on (September 20, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Best of luck for Bangladesh... :)

Posted by ZeyDragon on (September 20, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Lets start. best of luck Tigers.Lets show how much dangerous you can be.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

This is the best SQUAD for BANGLADESH in T20............ Hopefully we will WIN against kiwis tomorrow!!!

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

I will say bangladesh team isnt underdog.. definatly they will give a tough time to new zealand players. they possess high class spin variety. interesting to see how shakib is playing at 3.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Very good Positive article, Thanks

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Newzealand is a very good team. Bangladesh middle order is facing some problems. Anyways, looking forward to a highly competitive match. As a Bangladeshi i hope Bangladesh get to a good start. I think it will be a macth of mental pressure. The team which will be able to handle the pressure more, is going to win the match. I really don't know which team is going to be eliminated. I wanna add that there are so many matches in super eight. but only two matches in the group stage. I think it is not ideal. It is a world cup and there should be lesser matches in super eight, more group stage matches. Quarter finals could have done. Anyways, good luck to both team. Waiting for a good match.

Posted by acidrainBD on (September 20, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

both teams have equal opportunities to prove themselves as better than other because this battle may make it clear that which side is best. n if BD win the match it will be very positive for them, because none will be suspicious about their ability n spirit, though they had already proven it they are the new superpower of ASIA, n kiwi's must face trouble from tigers. <3 tiger's

Posted by Bangla.tiger on (September 20, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

its 50-50 chance for both team

Posted by Realfighters on (September 20, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

guptil's comment--- we cant take them granted. i think if that would come from shakib or tamim--it would be more appropriate. bangladesh beat NZ 4-0 in last meeting and beat two top asia team in asia cup and beat south africa in trinations cup

Posted by Forgettable on (September 20, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Goodluck Bangladesh. Expecting a cracking encounter so hope both sides play well and ofcourse the rain stays away. As far as the XI is concerned, I think playing Abul Hasan isn't the greatest choice having already three pacers in the squad (Mashrafe, Shafiul, Ziaur) So I personally would have gone with Elias Sunny. All the best BD!

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (September 20, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

i believe if taylor or mccullum fires then bangladesh can be burried.

i dont expect bangla to reach super 8s.NWZL play well at least against these associates.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Best of Luck Bangladesh ;)

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (September 20, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

What happened to Jessy Ryder ? New-zealand needs a player like him in t20 i think . As for ban, the way shafiul bowled in warm-up matches , if he plays they would definitely lose.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

pakistan will win the world cup

Posted by motiur_rahman on (September 20, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Hmm , stomach problem for SA and NZ ; and to so many a player , interesting .

Posted by rhaq on (September 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Sourav Ganguly on Star Cricket yesterday: Ireland is better than Bangladesh.

Posted by Mad_for_Shakib on (September 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Go man in green go, hope tmorrow friday will b another happy n historical day for us Bangladeshi, and all Bd ppl can u remember when Tigar play in fraiday dey win allmost all game even aganist big team like India in asia cup so plz dnt forget pray for BD TIGAR When u will go for jumma Namaj

Posted by ostad on (September 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Hope & fear is fifty-fifty

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (September 20, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

I'd luv to see BD winning this match but I doubt they'll. They couldnt even beat the associate teams. Dont know how i can expect this team to do well :(

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

best of luck to BD.. go guyz, give ur best shot at this,. we know u can do it !!!

Posted by c1212 on (September 20, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

nz is goin 2 lose as taylor is out of form and the burden is on mccullum to hit runs and bowling is the worst i hav ever seen

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (September 20, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Why more than two associates in World cup?Howeverl i believe Newzeland will win with ease today.Dear Kiwis Send The bangla best "twenty20 team" to home.They should be playing along with assosciates and if you havent won plz add ur team also along with Bangla as we can see intersting cricket in associate level too with Newzeland,Bangladesh,Ireland,Afganistan and Zimbawe figting each other for associates spot in world cup.

Posted by kohli_life on (September 20, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Brendon McCullum good batsman + wocket keeper for NZ and KKR chamipons of IPL 2012!!! Good luck to him!! Make big score and finish socalled tigers from Bangldesh. However when time come, team INDIA will take care of your team NZ in knock out matches!!! Best of luck team INDIA!!!!

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

This is the time for Bangladesh to show that they're no under dogs anymore. Its important Bangladesh take things easy early on and no risks so that you can set a platform and build from there. Realistically though this is Bangladesh best chance to progress to Super 8s because if they can't win this game then they can really forget about defeating Pakistan because I simply can't see them beating Pakistan at all at the moment so the New Zealand game needs to be taken very seriously good luck!

Posted by VikksB on (September 20, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

Yo .... it'll be, B, Balga, all the way!!!

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Best of Luck Tiger ............

Posted by jb633 on (September 20, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

This will be the biggest game of the tournament to date. I think New Zeland hold they key as they have bigger hitters. If Taylor or McCullum come off then it is all over for Bangaledesh. However if they can take some early wickets then I think they are in with a great shout.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Come on will be sik team only if e sunny play instreat of A Hasan

Posted by acidrainBD on (September 20, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

I know the both sides have some talented cricketers, n they 'd proved their class, and if we see the power of each team we 'll find both are about same qualities guys n BD may have got priorities due to subcontinental ambiance in Srilanka. but the winning chance is fifty fifty. n waiting for a most tremendous battle from the death worriers.

Posted by unlocker on (September 20, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

my million million love and pray for bd team .hope tomorrow bd team will beat nz.allah with bd team alwayes

Posted by SpitFire on (September 20, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

For the first time a top team is termed as "under dog" against Bangladesh.... Damn I am excited for this match.

No matter which group Bangladesh team is in, in any cricket tournament, it will be known as Group of Death.

However, I don't think any of these two teams have any chance against Pakistan (it hurts to say this as a Bangladeshi fan). So this will be the stair to Super 8 for both these teams. Expecting a cracker of a match!

Posted by mgr125128 on (September 20, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

My prediction : NZ to win against Bangladesh but Bangladesh will win at least one match in group stage and progress to super 8.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Lets go tigers!!!!!!!!! Thrash the Kiwies!!!!

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Mahmudullah should be benched as his T20 performance is very frustating and Junaid Siddique/Jahurul Islam should be picked up as Bangladesh needs more Big hitter. If there is a probability of rain, then big hitter will be helpful as short games are batting dependent. Best wishes for Bangladesh. We will win, Insha Allah.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 20, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

I fear the scenes will repeat just like what happened after that WC match against WI. Lot of hype but got thrashed.

Posted by Biggus on (September 20, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Hmmm, hard to call this one.

Posted by shuvotamzid on (September 20, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Best of luck Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Bangladesh will win, Inshalllah.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

its going to be the match that will decide which of these two teams will reach the super eights bcoz pakistan will beat these two teams easily.... bst of luck to both new zealand and bangladesh..

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