New Zealand ready for tough Bangladesh test in ICC Champions Trophy: Trent Boult
New Zealand and Bangladesh have a point apiece in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after they were each well beaten by England, while their respective matches with Australia ended in rain-induced no resultsicc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 08, 2017 23:31 IST
New Zealand and Bangladesh go head on in a must-win ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match in Cardiff on Friday. Both teams will need to win the match to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
Both teams have a point apiece in the one-day international tournament after they were each well beaten by England, while their respective matches with Australia ended in rain-induced no results.
England are already into the last four and Australia will join them there if they defeat the tournament hosts in the final Group A fixture at Edgbaston on Sunday. It all leaves Bangladesh and New Zealand needing to win in Wales and then hope England put one over their arch-rivals, assuming more bad weather does not disrupt those
Fast bowler Trent Boult felt that Bangladesh will pose a major challenge. New Zealand lost to Bangladesh the last they faced each other in the Tri-Nation series.
“Bangladesh are a quality side. Yeah, come the triangular series last month, obviously we had a few players out that weren’t involved in that but yeah, they are a quality side. We know they are going to come hard,” he said.
“It’s a must-win game, so it’s going to be an exciting challenge. Once again, their batsmen have been making runs. I think Tamim at the top of the order is a quality player. Definitely is a blind unit; we need to take wickets, but it should be a very good encounter.”
Boult added that they are not focusing on any particular Bangladesh player. “They are stacked with some quality players. I think we’ve played them a lot. We played very nicely against them in New Zealand in our summer back home,” he said.
“But yeah, it’s an important tournament. Every game is a must-win game and it’s a must-win game tomorrow. So I can’t single out any player, but yeah, we’re looking to come hard. Obviously set the game up and yeah, hopefully chase down whatever Bangladeshis sit us.”
First Published: Jun 08, 2017 23:14 IST