In a virtual knock-out match, New Zealand faces Bangladesh at Cardiff in the ninth match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. This will be the final league match for the teams. Both the teams have one point each from two outings. Both these teams lost against England and shared a point with Australia after rain stopped those matches. The loser will crash out of the tournament, while the winner can await the result of the match between England and Australia. If Australia fail to win that match, the winner of this match will go to the semi final.
This is a crucial match. Expect both the teams to fight really hard. Rain could play spoil-sport too. Factor all these aspects in your cricket betting calculations.
New Zealand – Preview
New Zealand have the bowling to dismantle the Bangladesh batting. Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Adam Milne have bowled reasonably well in the tournament. If they find their rhythm, New Zealand can breathe easy. Their batting is entirely dependent on Kane Williamson. As long as he is at the crease, the Kiwis have hope. When he gets out, they tend to wobble. Martin Guptill showed glimpses of his striking power in the last match. The other batsmen in the team need to raise their performance.
These two teams have played a lot against each other in recent times. They will be familiar with the strengths and strategies of each other. The conditions suit New Zealand better. That is why they will be the favorites in cricket betting.
Bangladesh – Preview
Bangladesh tend to excel in such do or die situations. If they are to make a match of it, they need to get their batting right. At the moment, they are a bit too dependent on Tamim Iqbal, just like New Zealand rely on Williamson. If New Zealand get Tamim early, Bangladesh will be in trouble. Bangladesh’s bowling does not have the sting to rattle New Zealand. They need a great effort from their batsmen and a spirited performance on the field to keep the semi final hopes alive.
Prediction for cricket betting: New Zealand will win if rain stays away.
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