• 13 October 2023
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New Zealand is gearing up to face Bangladesh in the 11th match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, taking place at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday, October 13. This day-night encounter is set to commence at 2:00 PM IST. In terms of their performance in the tournament so far, New Zealand occupies the second position with two wins from two matches. They convincingly defeated England by nine wickets and the Netherlands by a commanding 99 runs. Meanwhile, Bangladesh has registered one win and one loss in their two matches, with a six-wicket victory over Afghanistan and a 137-run loss to England.

In their most recent match, New Zealand exhibited dominance against the Netherlands in Hyderabad. They posted a formidable total of 322/7 while batting first, with strong performances from their top-order batsmen and some contributions from the lower order. Their bowling was equally impressive, restricting the Netherlands to 223 in 46.3 overs. In contrast, Bangladesh had a challenging outing against England, conceding 364/9 in their allotted 50 overs and being bowled out for 227 in 48.2 overs. Here, we highlight five key player matchups to watch in the New Zealand vs. Bangladesh clash:

  1. Devon Conway vs. Taskin Ahmed: Devon Conway, a formidable opener for New Zealand, has been in scintillating form. He recently scored an unbeaten 152 off 121 balls in the resounding win over defending champions England, which included 19 fours and three sixes. Taskin Ahmed, the 28-year-old pacer from Bangladesh, is known for his ability to pick up crucial wickets. Taskin will need to strike early in the match and find a way to breach Conway’s defenses.
  2. Litton Das vs. Trent Boult: Litton Das, Bangladesh’s experienced but occasionally inconsistent batsman, will play a pivotal role in the absence of seasoned opener Tamim Iqbal. Das delivered a fine knock of 76 off 66 balls against England but was dismissed for just 13 against Afghanistan. Trent Boult, the seasoned left-arm pacer for New Zealand, will aim to dismiss Das early in the innings, as he has had a relatively quiet start to the series.
  3. Kane Williamson vs. Shakib Al Hasan: A captain-versus-captain showdown is anticipated as Kane Williamson makes an early return to international cricket after a significant injury. Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, will look to leverage his left-arm spin to trouble Williamson. Shakib has been effective with the ball in previous matches, and he’ll aim to put pressure on the New Zealand skipper, known for his calm and composed approach.
  4. Mehidy Hasan Miraz vs. Mitchell Santner: The all-rounder clash features Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who impressed with a half-century against Afghanistan and is a key player for Bangladesh. Mitchell Santner, the Kiwi left-arm spinner, demonstrated his bowling prowess against the Netherlands with figures of 5/59. Santner will seek to disrupt Mehidy’s rhythm and prevent him from settling into his innings.
  5. Daryl Mitchell vs. Mustafizur Rahman: Hard-hitting Kiwi batsman Daryl Mitchell, who played a valuable knock of 48 off 47 balls against the Netherlands, is expected to bat towards the end of the innings. Mustafizur Rahman, the left-arm pacer for Bangladesh, plays a crucial role in the latter stages of the game. Mustafizur’s well-executed slower deliveries can pose challenges for batsmen. The battle between Mitchell and Mustafizur promises to be intriguing.
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