New Zealand will look to continue their momentum as they will face Bangladesh in a spin-friendly condition at M Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 13th October 2023. It promises to be an exciting encounter as Kane Williamson will return to the playing XI as a captain. They are looking in great touch winning their previous encounter against the Netherlands by 99 runs.
On the other hand, Bangladesh would be looking to make a comeback after their huge loss against England. Their performance was not great as they gave away 364 for 9 and could provide resistance. They would be looking to return on winning ways on spin-friendly condition.
Here we look at the 5 Players To Watch Out For Between New Zealand and Bangladesh.
- Kane Williamson
The New Zealand captain Kane Williamson would return to the playing XI as a batter and as a captain. He has a decent record against Bangladesh in the ODI format with 422 runs from 11 matches ( 10 innings) including 1 century and 3 half-centuries to his name including the best score of 108.
Willamson can handle the spinners brilliantly and would be key to providing stability and putting pressure on Bangladesh’s bowling. His ability to keep the strike rotating would be key and make sure that New Zealand can post trouble.
The captain would be hoping for a great return and make sure that New Zealand continue their winning streak in the tournament so far.
- Liton Das
Liton Das proved his worth with a well-made 76 off 66 deliveries against England at Dharamshala. He looked in decent touch keeping the momentum going for Bangladesh chasing down a massive target of 365.
He has a disappointing record against New Zealand in ODI format. During the 8 matches (7 innings) he played, Das scored 49 runs with the best score of 21. Das will play a key role in providing an attack start on New Zealand bowling in the first 10 overs.
Das can create pressure with attacking style which can make life tough for New Zealand bowlers and help Bangladesh register their first victory in World Cup history.
- Mitchell Santer
The left-arm spinner Mitchell Santer will look to continue his brilliant form. He was outstanding picking 5 for 59 against the Netherlands. Santer made life tough for Netherlands batters and awarded the player of the match for his match-winning spell.
He has taken 14 wickets from 12 ODI matches against Bangladesh at an economy of 4.37 runs per over and figures of 3/45. With the conditions likely to help the spinners, Santer would be a major threat for Bangladesh batters.
Santer has experience playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and would be hoping to showcase his skills in tomorrow’s match against Bangladesh. He can bowl in the first 10 overs with his guile and variations which would trouble the opponent batter.
- Mushfiqur Rahim
The veteran wicketkeeper batter Mushfiqur Rahim had a decent outing in the previous match against England. He made a valuable 51 and looked efficient against the spinners and pacers.
He can play the pacers and spinners brilliantly. With the pitch likely to help the spinners, his role would be key to keeping the strike rotating. Rahim has a decent record against New Zealand with 659 runs from 29 matches (28 innings) including 3 half-centuries to his name.
Rahim needs to come with a decent knock and ensure that Bangladesh can register their ever ODI victory against New Zealand in World Cups.
- Ish Sodhi
Ish Sodhi could make a comeback into the playing XI as the pitch in Chennai could aid the spinners. He can turn the ball and put the batters under immense pressure.
Sodhi has not played in the first two matches against England and Netherlands. He could be a major threat against Bangladesh with his variations and speed. The leg spinner produced one of the best figures in ODI cricket picking 6 for 39 in Bangladesh.
His efforts would be key in the middle overs to stem the flow of runs and also pick wickets that would put pressure on Bangladesh batters.