New Zealand will look to keep their slate clean ahead of the World T20 semifinals next week. Having never lost to Bangladesh in three previous T20 internationals, the Kiwis will still be wary of a Bangladesh team that came close to stunning India earlier this week. Catch live cricket score and live updates of Bangladesh vs New Zealand here. (LIVE SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE | NEWS | VIDEOS | LIVE STREAMING)
Having gifted a certain victory to India on Wednesday, Bangladesh will have to fight emotional distress and focus on cricket to win some pride in their last ICC World T20 2016 match against New Zealand.
New Zealand will be coolly ruthless. They are unbeaten in three group league matches and having beaten big boys India, Australia and Pakistan with clinical precision, it is unlikely that they will want to lose a dead rubber against a team ranked six rungs below them.
Bangladesh have emerged as a good T20 side. But like they did against India, they have failed to convert advantages into victories. It is more distressing when senior players like a Mahmudullah or Mushfiqur Rahim do the wrong things with a clear win in sight.
Eden Gardens is unlikely to be a belter. New Zealand’s ploy to bank on leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and left-armer Mitchell Santner have paid good dividends. The Kiwis may test pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult on Saturday.
Martin Guptill has been New Zealand’s leading batsman but it is important for Corey Anderson, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to strike form before the business end of the tournament begins with the semifinals on March 30 and 31.