New Zealand and Bangladesh battles have been pretty one-sided over the years. While New Zealand have been improving in all departments throughout the years, the same can’t be said for Bangladesh. Both teams will face each other in this year’s WC and recent stats show that it’ll be historically a one-sided contest. In the recent series between NZ and Bangladesh, NZ displayed sheer dominance when they restricted Bangladesh below 250 in all ODI matches. This will be subconsciously running in the minds of Bangladeshi players and they’ll have to compete as they did in CT 2017 if they want to win the competition.
New Zealand and Bangladesh have played a small number of ODI matches throughout their history. They’re head-to-head ODI comparisons are as follows:
- NZ ODI Ranking: 3rd
- Bangladesh ODI Ranking: 7th
- Matches: 34 ODIs.
- NZ won: 24
- Bangladesh won: 10
With the recent ODI series still fresh in the mind of Bangladeshi players, the balance has certainly shifted towards NZ who will be looking for another win on the grandest stage of the cricketing world.
Bangladesh haven’t been able to find their form since the CT 2017. They performed beautifully in the event but since then their performance has been mediocre. Meanwhile, NZ have been in the form of their lives rising to the No. 3 spot in the ODI rankings. The odds are stacked against Bangladesh but it’s not impossible for them to win. They defeated NZ in CT 2017 so that will provide some confidence to Bangladeshi side. NZ will have analyzed what they did wrong in the CT 2017 so you can bet that they’ll come with a much better strategy this time. If Bangladesh need to win, they will have to perform splendidly on that day.
NZ and Bangladesh will fight for supremacy at this World Cup. The match details are as follows:
- Date: 5th June 2019
- Venue: Oval Ground, London.
- Time: 5:30 PM Pakistan Time (D/N)
NZ have the upper hand when it comes to ODI cricket. For Bangladesh, the best option would be to bowl first and try to restrict NZ to a low score so they know what they have to chase and how to chase it. They’ll change their batting strategy accordingly. Fortunately, Bangladesh still have some bowlers who can take wickets in the form of Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman.
NZ just need to relax and take their time while facing Bangladesh. They’ve got a well-balanced squad and their batsmen are firing at all cylinders. They don’t need to take risks and just play good cricketing strokes. Bangladesh are fighting an uphill battle with very small chance of success.
Win / Lose:
Anyone who’s watched the recent NZ – Bangladesh series will know that NZ have this match well in hand. Bangladesh have been struggling recently with their top batting order and their bowlers failed to pick up wickets. Bangladesh have defeated NZ at CT 2017 but they’re facing a much wiser side now. In the current scenario, it’s highly unlikely Bangladesh will win but miracles can happen and that is exactly what Bangladesh need right now.