New Zealand will be up against Bangladesh in their 2016 World T20 game on Saturday in what will be an inconsequential encounter. Get the latest New Zealand v Bangladesh betting tips for this World T20 encounter in this piece below.
New Zealand will look to seal top spot in Group 2 of the World T20 Tournament on Saturday, when they face Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, and claim in theory at least, an easier match in the last four against the runners up from Group 1.
Already assured of their semi final place, the only team so far to be guaranteed a spot in the knockout phase of the competition, the Black Caps will be keen to maintain the momentum that they have built during their time in India.
Three matches played and three matches won, two of which have come against sides that came into the tournament amongst the favourites for the title, India and Australia.
Bangladeshi hopes of squeezing through to the last four were ended on Wednesday, when they imploded in Bangalore against the hosts India, when victory was all but assured.
Needing just two runs from the last three deliveries, Bangladesh contrived to lose a wicket off of each of those balls, to lose by a solitary run. Effectively ending their own tournament as it was a third successive defeat in the Super 10’s Group stage , and keeping India’s alive.
The Black Caps have batted first in all three of their matches. Defending low totals against India, where they scored just 126-7, and Australia when they fared little better, posting 142-8.
New Zealand’s overall run rate is so far superior to that of all their rivals, that even a first ever T20I defeat against Bangladesh would be highly unlikely to topple them from the top of the group.
The three previous meetings of the countries have ended in margins of 10 wickets in 2010 in Hamilton, 59 runs in Pallekele at the 2012 World T20 Tournament and 15 runs in the most recent clash in Dhaka in late 2013.
New Zealand v Bangladesh head-to-head
Three matches played between the two teams and New Zealand have won all of them.
New Zealand v Bangladesh betting tips for the World T20 2016 match one:
New Zealand to win with bet365: 1/7
The match begins at 3 pm local time (9.30 am GMT) on Saturday, March 26.