Bangladesh v New Zealand, World T20, Group 2, Kolkata March 25, 2016

Desolate Bangladesh's last chance for Super 10s win


Match facts

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Start time 1500 local (0930 GMT)

Play 01:43
We want to keep our form on a roll - Ronchi

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Bangladesh are carrying the most heart-breaking result on their back, but now take on the form team of the competition. New Zealand, who are in the semi-finals after three consecutive wins, have relied on combined efforts with both bat and ball, rather than individual performances.

New Zealand have read conditions and balanced their side well on pitches that have primarily suited their spinners, and leaving out Tim Southee and Trent Boult has been seen as a right move. Legspinner Ish Sodhi, who has been a revelation with his loop and control, and Mitchell Santner's have produced the goods when required.

However, Martin Guptill has been New Zealand's shining light with the bat, having scored 125 runs with the next being Corey Anderson's 58. The likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro have struck cameos and will require their services in the knockouts.

Bangladesh's bowling attack has their work cut out with the absence of key figures. Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan's economy rate is directly proportional to the returns produced by Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain.

Their batsmen, particularly Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, will have to distance themselves from their nightmare shots in Bangalore. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar will have to finish the jobs they start. For Bangladesh to beat New Zealand for the first time in T20Is, a lot has to go their way. They can't leave it to chance, not at least against Kane Williamson's side.

New Zealand will hope that Corey Anderson, who occupies a vital role in the side, finds some form ahead of the knockouts © IDI/Getty Images

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)
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Watch out for

Corey Anderson has been used at No. 4 in the recent past but has faced roughly 18 deliveries per innings. He has had to adjust to match situations and slow pitches, but he is more likely to get a better base than many No. 4s in this tournament.

Al-Amin Hossain has shown the tendency to bowl at least one bad ball in every over, reflected by his economy rate of 9.14 in six innings. His catching too has been a problem, but he has another chance to improve upon both aspects of his game.

Team news

New Zealand could unleash Trent Boult and Tim Southee, who have sat out all three of their group matches. Offspinner Nathan McCullum and batsman Henry Nicholls, who have played one game between them, could get a chance.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Kane Williamson, 3 Colin Munro, 4 Corey Anderson, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Luke Ronchi, 7 Grant Elliott, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Adam Milne, 9 Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Ish Sodhi

Nurul Hasan could be given a game but given this is their last chance to register a win in the Super 10s, they are unlikely to tinker too much.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk)/Mohammad Mithun, 8 Shuvagata Hom, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Al-Amin Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Pitch and conditions

Kolkata had served up two batting pitches before a rank turner for the India-Pakistan game. Still ,there will be runs available if batsmen can be mindful of the turn. There's no rain in the forecast but the temperature would hover around 35 degrees during the game.

Stats and trivia

  • New Zealand have scored 50-plus runs in the Powerplay in the last two games while Bangladesh haven't conceded less than 42 during the same period.

  • Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal is the highest run-getter while Shakib Al Hasan is the joint-highest wicket-taker in the World T20 so far.


"Recovery from last match is difficult (so soon) but boys have had some time. They have had 48 hours to think about it. Obviously you can't return to it. I think you have to play hard."

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza on moving from the horror one-run loss to India

"Most of the times when we have played in these conditions, they have been a really good opposition. I think the last game is just a highlight of how strong they can be in these conditions. I don't think anyone can take them lightly."

New Zealand legspinner Ish Sodhi on their opponents

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Virag on March 26, 2016, 16:01 GMT

    BANGLA_TEAM - You are saying BD performed better than IND in the first 20 years ? IN the first 20 years IND had already defeated ENG , AUS , PAK and NZ in test matches , Won a ODI World Cup in england and WOrld series in Australia . IND even won the first ever T20 WC that they played. IND have a better win ratio in all formats in the first 15-20 years of competitive cricket than BD have. There is no possible statistic which shows BD is better than IND. Yes IND lost some games to BD , but BD has lost to Afghanistan and Zimbabwer at home. Few wins and upsets here and there does not make BD a top team. BD Could not even win a single game in the group stage in this WC.

  • Chris on March 26, 2016, 13:36 GMT

    Fitting exit for BAN, 4-0. They ridiculed IND for getting all out for 79 in the very first match for IND against NZ. What goes around comes around. 70 a.o in 15.4 overs. I think the only way for BAN to win a world cup is, if Iceland, Finland, Antartica are the only countries that play cricket. I can't even include Afghanistan because it would be difficult for BAN.

  • Chris on March 26, 2016, 10:14 GMT

    @BANGLABANDHU: Even if your team beats NZ, it won't prove that your side is the best. You are yet to prove in international tournaments. Just with a few wins here and there won't make you great. India got one of the most difficult pitches in his tournament and yet they have survived so far. First respect other teams, success will follow.

  • mohammad on March 26, 2016, 9:21 GMT

    I hope BD players play just like they played against India. NZ is a better team and will not give too many chances as India gave. If BD can give a good fight, I will be happy as a Bangladeshi. It still harts to imagine how we lost to India. Can India give a trophy to Mushfiqur and Mahamudullah for helping them to semi? Cricnfo, please publish. I got up at 2:30 am Washinton DC time to watch the match to start at 5:30 our time. Crazy Bengali.

  • Madhusudhan on March 26, 2016, 9:09 GMT

    So nice of NZ to rest M Guptil. India has not rested B00m-Rah since, he debuted against Aus for final SCG ODI. Such a vast difference in player management.

  • Manik on March 26, 2016, 9:00 GMT

    Nasir is a good ODI player needs sometime to settle in. So He does not have a space in the team. He was not successful even in BPL this year. He will be a permanent in BD ODI and may be also in test. Imrul did better than him in BPL.

  • nikhil on March 26, 2016, 8:43 GMT

    #MYSIXTHSENSE Prediction: Final: India vs New Zealand Winnner: New Zealand New Zealand will be the winner of 2016 T20 WC PS: You can't challenge my prediction as it is proved in every match

  • Manisha on March 26, 2016, 8:41 GMT

    Bangladesh should have been in the other group. Too many minnows in that group as Srilanka, South Africa and England all worst than Bangladesh and Afganistan. I say Bangladesh chance of winning is 40% and Srilanka chance of winning also 40% just because BD and SL are playing in subcontinent or those would have been even lesser,

  •   Dominic Bennett on March 26, 2016, 8:37 GMT

    BD can and will bounce back and as always the best team on the day will win! To those who think Afghanistan should get test status with the removal of BD test status, just shows you understand nothing about the game. Earn your own status as BD have done! Remember tests are played over five days and not three or four hours! May the best team today win!

  • Arif on March 26, 2016, 8:33 GMT

    As we heard BD may play with same combination of last match. Nasir/Saqlain may join in place of Al-Amin.

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