New Zealand at Bangladesh
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 5, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
Bangladesh 3.50/ New Zealand 1.30
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Bangladesh and New Zealand both opened their World Cup accounts with victories in their opening matches. The Kiwis thrashed Sri Lanka without losing a single wicket whilst Bangladesh hit their highest ever ODI score to see off South Africa.
Mushfiqur Rahim (78) and Shakib Al Hasan (75) top scored for Bangladesh as the pair put on 142 for the third wicket. Mahmudullah then smashed an unbeaten 46 off 33 balls to help his side to 330-6. They looked in complete control throughout and stunned the crowd with some brilliant stroke play.
Mustafizur Rahman was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers in their first match. Rahman registered figures of 3-67 from his ten overs and looked a constant threat whenever he had the ball in his hand. Mehedi Hasan also bowled a very economical ten overs, taking one wicket and going for just 44 runs.
New Zealand also got off to a terrific start. They put Sri Lanka in to bat in their first match and bowled them out for 136 after just 29.2 overs. Fast bowlers Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson both picked up three wickets each as they ripped through their overs.
Openers Martin Guptil and Colin Munro then chased down their target in just 16.1 overs. Guptil hit 73 and Munro got 58 and the Black Caps didn’t lose a wicket on their way to victory. The New Zealand batsmen were aggressive but also very composed and made the chase look very easy.
The in-form pair of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor didn’t get a chance to bat in the first match and will be keen to get involved against Bangladesh. Worryingly for everyone else in the competition, the Kiwis didn’t require their best two batsmen to win their opening game.
Bangladesh toured New Zealand earlier this year and lost all three of the ODI matches between the two sides. New Zealand won two of the matches by eight wickets and the other game by 88 runs. If that series is anything to go by then Bangladesh could be in for another thrashing.
Regardless of their head to head record in recent times, Bangladesh will be extremely confident going into the match after their opening win against South Africa. This type of performance confirms that they are a country on the rise and should be taken seriously.
The Oval is looking like a pitch that will favor the batsmen at this year’s World Cup. It was the venue for Bangladesh’s match against South Africa where both teams scored over 300 runs without losing all of their wickets.
Despite Bangladesh’s impressive opening win, I believe New Zealand will continue on from their demolition of Sri Lanka and pick up another victory at The Oval. Bangladesh will certainly pick up more points as the group stage goes on but I don’t think they have enough quality to compete with this very impressive New Zealand team.