So as we move towards the south of India for the contest between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Chepauk let’s recap what has been the progress for both the teams so far in the CWC.
Newzealand as always Started as the underdogs plus Kane Williamson missed the 1st 2 matches so NZ was counted off again by the experts but as usual, the Kiwis showed why they are so a consistent team in the tournament by beating Title Favourites England in a one-sided affair then followed it against the Netherlands. On the other hand, Bangladesh also won the 1st match one-sided vs Afghanistan but the opposite happened against England. They will look to bounce back in the Chepauk and especially with their spin department it will be a difficult challenge for New Zealand and we can’t call it an upset if Bangladesh wins this match because they have been very fine in one-day cricket in the last 7,8 years.
Bangla Tigers are one of those cricketing teams that have been developed well over time, especially in the 50-overs format. They knocked out ENG in the 2015 WC plus made it to the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy followed by the Asia Cup final in 2018. They need to win those big moments they have come close to. Shakib and Miraz will be vital in this clash vs New Zealand + Shanto will be key as a batsman as he has been in Superb form since the Asia Cup.
The Blackcaps after getting written off by experts as title favourites this tournament as most of them were rooting for ENG/AUS and India have got their answers again till now in the CWC. New Zealand will look to fit in Williamson in the 3rd match as he is ready to go so it will be a choice between Chapman and Will Young. Santner will be key along with Boult in the powerplay.
Probable Playing XI
Newzealand: Devon Conway, Will Young, Kane Williamson, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
The Chepauk pitch will provide turn with good bounce so the likes of Shakib and Santner would be thinking about bowling it right now in the Chepauk. Cutters will be useful here with a bit of seam movement under lights for the first 5/6 overs. So we can expect another 220-250 contests here.
- Total matches hosted: 24
- Matches won batting first: 14
- Matches won bowling first: 9
- Average 1st innings score: 233
- Average runs per over: 5.19
Players To Watch Out For
Shakib Al Hasan: The go-through man in the CWC will be key again for Bangladesh as he always has been for them over the years. He is the best all-rounder of the generation if we just look at those stats it’s humongous the way he has performed year after year.
Trent Boult: Trent Boult with his swing can kill the game at the top as we have seen throughout his career and the Bangladeshi batters aren’t that good against the seam/swing movement. He will be key for NZ throughout the tournament along with his new ball partner Henry.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz: The young all-rounder hasn’t got recognition for his recent performances that he has given. Well, you know that he has got 150+ test wickets so it’s a big stat in itself, especially for someone coming from Bangladesh. He bowls with his field and changes angles. Prefer bowling round the wicket also vs right-handers.
Devon Conway: Conway is the best NZ player of spin currently especially looking at the form he has been in. He has churned out runs everywhere and in the IPL he played for CSK and played around 9 matches in the Chepauk so it’s a very familiar ground for him. We can expect runs from him again.
NZ vs BAN Dream11 Team for Match 11 of 2023 WC
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