Kolkata: The volatile New Zealand team will look to maintain their past record in cricket`s World Twenty20 in Kolkata on Saturday where they will be facing Bangladesh in the Second group stage at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The Black Caps have been guaranteed a place in semi-finals of the tournament after defeating India, Australia and Pakistan consecutively in their first three matches in the group stages.
Black caps who are yet to win cricket`s premier short-form trophies, will want to keep their momentum going before they enter in last four of the tournament.
New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson has been depending on spinning skills of Trent Boult and Tim Southee, who are New Zealand`s main strike bowlers in ODIs and Tests.
Martin Guptill, who scored 80 runs in Tuesday`s win over Pakistan, said the Black Caps would not necessarily stick to the same line-up but would wait to see what the Eden Gardens pitch had in store. He further added that New Zealand were enjoying their cricket and there was no reason why they couldn`t finish the group with a 100 percent record.
After the climatic triumph of India over Bangladesh it is the last chance for Bangladesh to save themselves from going back home. It was the third defeat that Bangladesh faced in a row.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has the huge responsibility to pick up his team from the floor. “It`s always difficult to take something from it (a close defeat) to another match,” he said after the India game. “But obviously being professional players we have to take it and play hard cricket in the last match. Obviously if we can do something there then we can take something back home.” the Bangladesh captain added
New Zealand : Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
Bangladesh : Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wicketkeeper), Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shuvagata Hom, Saqlain Sajib