Friday Morning (09:30) sees another round of Cricket World Cup group games taking place, with the third round match-up between New Zealand and Bangladesh. We’ve previewed this one and given you our predictions.
New Zealand (2/7) kept up their tremendous start to the Cricket World Cup, by following their upset victory over England, with another comfortable win over the Netherlands.
Next up is a Bangladesh (5/2) side that beat Afghanistan in their opening game but then felt the brunt of that England loss to the Black Caps last time out, losing by a margin of 137 runs in Dharamshala.
The Betfred traders give New Zealand an implied 78% probability of winning this one and it’s not hard to see why, given just how well the top order have batted in this tournament.
No other New Zealand player other than the great Kane Williamson would get back into this side right now, but the skipper is finally fit to return after a long-term injury and it will probably be Glenn Phillips or Mark Chapman who make way, given how well the top order have performed.
Ish Sodhi will probably line up in front of Lockie Ferguson too, given the spinning nature of the Chennai wicket.
New Zealand (probable): Devon Conway, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Mark Henry, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Bangladesh (probable): Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman/Nasum Ahmed
With no value on the Black Caps in the match odds market, I’ve instead taken a look at two player props.
Rachin Ravindra top NZ run scorer – 4/1
The young 23-year-old has absolutely exploded onto this World Cup spotlight, like he was simply born to do it.
Ravindra has only played in 10 ODI innings and is already averaging over 40, as well as accumulating 174 runs in his two CWC games to date.
His 123* against England was a thing of beauty and displayed that kind of effortless, wristy style that seems reserved purely for left-handers.
Whether he has been batting alongside Devon Conway or Will Young, the Wellington-born man has looked completely at ease.
This is a star in the making.
Shoriful Islam top BAN wicket taker – 10/3
One bright spark in the Bangladesh attack’s mauling by England was the last ten overs, holding the powerhouse to under 400, when it looked a certainty at one point.
Part of that reason was the inventiveness of the left handed Shoriful Islam, dismissing Joe Root with a knuckle ball, before knocking over Liam Livingstone’s off-peg with a lovely cutter.
The 22-year-old looks another one for the future and is averaging around 25 with the ball for both ODI’s and T20, with a best of 4/21 in the 50 over format.