Bangladesh - New Zealand World T20 Preview: Can Bangladesh get a consolidation win against the already qualified Black Caps?

Bangladesh look to end their tournament on a high against a New Zealand side who have won three out of three so far.

Bangladesh - New Zealand World T20 Preview: Can Bangladesh get a consolidation win against the already qualified Black Caps?
Bangladesh came so close to beating hosts India in their last game (Picture source:

Bangladesh and New Zealand face off in the World T20 Super 10s Group 2, with the Tigers looking to get a consolidation win against the Black Caps who have already qualified for the semi-finals. The match takes place at the Eden Gardens stadium, in Kolkata on Saturday at 9.30 AM UK time.

Bangladesh are out of the competition after losing all three of their games in the group they have played. In the first game, they lost to Pakistan by 55 runs which dented their net run rate heavily after one game.

In their second game against Australia they fell to defeat by three wickets in a game they pushed the Aussies all the way. In their third game, they were beaten by India by one run. The third defeat hurt the most as they threw it away from a winning position in the final over of the game and with it they were knocked out. 

New Zealand, on the other hand, have been amazing so far in the competition winning all three of their games they have played to qualify for the semi-finals with one game to spare. The Black Caps started the competition with a big win over hosts India by 47 runs. They then defeated the Aussies in a close game by eight runs before defeating Pakistan by 22 runs. The Black Caps will be the favourites for the game and they will want to make sure that they top the group ahead of the semi-finals. 

Previous Meetings

New Zealand and Bangladesh have played each other once before in World T20 history with the Black Caps coming out on top by 59 runs. The Black Caps batted first in the game and made 191-3 with Brendon McCullum making 123 (58). In reply, Bangladesh never really got close to the score making 132-8 from their 20 overs. The Tigers will want to put up a better display, this time, around and finish the competition on a high. 

Key Players

Shakib Al Hasan - Shakib is the key player for Bangladesh if they are going to beat the Black Caps. Shakib has really hit some form so far in the tournament making a half-century against Pakistan in their first game in the group. The other key aspect is how well Shakib will bowl against the Black Caps on a pitch that will offer some assistance to the bowler. 

Martin Guptill - Guptill is a player that is in great form in the shortest form of the game making a brilliant 80 in his last match against Pakistan to help the Black Caps to a win. Guptill has shown real class so far in the tournament and he will be key to getting his team off to a good start against the Bangladesh bowlers. It seems like Guptill likes the extra responsibility of being one of the senior players in the squad and he will hope his good form continues. 

Guptill in action during his match winning 80 against Pakistan | Photo:
Guptill in action during his match winning 80 against Pakistan | Photo:

Team News


Mustafizur Rahman has played in Bangladesh's last two games carrying a knock but is likely to still play unless he gets worse before the game. Tamim Iqbal also returned last game after illness so Bangladesh are likely to keep an unchanged team for the game as they look to get a win.

Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mustafizur Rahman, Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and Abu Hider.

New Zealand

The Black Caps have played the same team for all three games so far but may give fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee a run out before the semi-finals. Kane Williamson revealed before the first game of the tournament that the decision of the team will come down what the pitch looks like just before the game. 

Squad: Kane Williamson (C), Grant Elliott, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Corey Anderson, Nathan McCullum, Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.