Our prediction is New Zealand will win the match!
Bangladesh defeated the strong South African team in their opening match and proved they are no more push-overs in the ODI format. Soumya Sarkar took the attack to South Africa and surprised them in the power play. Mushfiqur Rahim (78 runs) and Shakib Al Hasan (75 runs) combined to put together a 142-run partnership which turned to be a vital factor in the match result. Mahmadullah (46* runs) and Mosadek Hossain (26 runs) provided the finishing touches to take Bangladesh score to 330 runs and this is their highest ODI score ever.
Bangladeshi bowlers kept bowling good line and lengths and never allowed South Africa ahead in the chase. Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammed Saifuddin snapped 5 wickets between them. They did not give away any easy runs in the death overs. Spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Mehdi Hasan bowled some tidy overs and gave away runs at an economy of less than 5 RPO in a high scoring game. Skipper Mortaza was erratic giving away runs but his bowling attack made up for him.
New Zealand started their 2019 World Cup Campaign in a grand fashion defeating the Sri Lankan team by 10 wickets in their opening match. Martin Guptill(73* runs) and Colin Munro (57* runs) hit their respective fifties to complete the chase of 137 runs in just over 16 overs.
Their middle order batsmen Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Tom Latham will like to get some game time in this match. The Kiwi bowling unit bundled out Sri Lanka for a paltry score of just 136 runs. Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson took 3 wickets each and dominated the Sri Lankan line-up. Trent Boult, James Neesham, Colin De Grandhomme, and Mitchell Santner took a wicket each and put their names in the wickets board. New Zealand would be delighted with the manner in which they achieved the victory.
Shakib Al Hasan – Shakib Al Hasan is the No.1 all-rounder in ICC rankings for a reason and he is one of the complete all-rounders who can bat in the top order and bowl his quota of 10 overs in every match.
Mustafizur Rahman – Mustafizur Rahman`s cutters were tough to pick and he kept pegging away with wickets. He took 3 wickets and stalled South Africa`s march to the target. Look out for his cutters and variations in the batting friendly tracks.
Mushfiqur Rahim – 78 runs (80 balls), 8X4s
Mustafizur Rahman – bowling figures of 10-0-67-3
Mashrafe Mortaza(C), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim(Wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Mehdi Hasan, Mohammed Saifuddin, Mohammed Mithun, Mosadek Hossain
Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal
Kane Williamson – Williamson is the batting rock of the New Zealand line-up. He needs to stand up and guide his team in the middle overs. He has the ability to play big knocks and score centuries.
Matt Henry – Matt Henry has the extra yard of pace that troubles the batsmen. Henry`s 3 wickets at the start set the match for Kiwis and he was rightly awarded the Man of the match award last match.
Martin Guptill – 73* runs (51 balls), 8X4s, 2X6s
Lockie Ferguson – bowling figures of 6.2-0-22-3
Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, KS Williamson, Lockie Ferguson, Ross Taylor, James Neesham
Kennington Oval pitch is one of the best pitches for batting in England. Teams batting first posted target in excess of 300 runs in both the matches. The ball tends to turn and stop in the second innings of the match. We can expect scores in the range of 290-320 runs in this pitch. The match day weather promises to be cloudy and overcast with 20% chances of rain.
Teams batting first have won both the matches played here. They posted high scores on the board and strangled the opposition in the second innings. We can expect both captains to do the same in this match also.
New Zealand has done better against Bangladesh in the past and they have a psychological edge over them. But this is a different Bangladeshi team who knows to defeat big countries. We can expect a cracker of the match with both teams coming off good wins and in good touch. We predict, New Zealand to win this match.
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