Match nine of the World Cup sees New Zealand and Bangladesh each play their second game of the tournament, in a day/night fixture at Kennington Oval in London.
The matchup will see two teams who both won their opening games offer up a contrast of bowling styles. New Zealand go into the contest with a focus on swing, pace and short pitched delivers, while Bangladesh will look predominantly to their spin attack.
It was hard not to be impressed with the way New Zealand went about their business at the weekend – all six bowlers took a wicket and they successfully chased down the lowly target without losing a wicket, while registering a net run rate of +5.754. Bookies were also suitably impressed, and slashed New Zealand’s odds for the tournament.
And despite losing seven in a row against Bangladesh between 2010 – 2013, New Zealand have performed well against the Tigers in more recent times winning eight of the last ten, including the last three in a row.
Bangladesh enter Wednesday riding a five-match ODI winning streak (which includes a series victory in the Ireland tri-series), but despite their victory on Sunday at this very ground, their overall record playing in England is not overly strong, having have won just four from 16 prior attempts.
Top order runs against the Kiwi pace attack will undoubtedly be key. When these two teams faced off in a three-match series earlier in the year, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar were dreadful and combined for an average of just 7.22.
With five wins certain to see a team reach the semi-final stage, victory in this match for either team will have that goal already 40% achieved with seven matches still remaining.
BAN vs NZ – Probable XI
Probable XI for NZ: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Probable XI for BAN: Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman
BAN vs NZ – Players to watch out for
After a below par 2018, Trent Boult (NZ) has roared back to life this year averaging 21.64 with the ball, the second best numbers of his career. In seven prior matches against the Tigers, he has claimed two wickets or more in four games.
Mashrafe Mortaza (BAN) had a fantastic BPL tournament recently and finished as equal-second wicket-taker with 22 wickets. A couple of dismissals in the first ten overs in this match would be huge.
Kane Williamson has scored the most ODI runs by a New Zealander in the British Isles (815 runs, avg 62.69). Bangladesh have won six of their last seven ODIs at neutral venues.
Tim Southee has taken most wickets in the British Isles out of the current New Zealand players – 25 wickets in 16 matches. (avg 21.63).
Tamim Iqbal averages 79.67 at Kennington Oval, more than double his overall career average.