This is the first match being played in Group D which is quite a tough group, it involves Pakistan who are favourites to top the league and then you have Bangladesh and New Zealand who are both inconsistent. This match could surely decide if Bangladesh or New Zealand advance to the Super Eights. Brendan McCullum has hit some good form recently and he will be New Zealand’s most important player this tournament. Shakib Al Hasan will be looking to do some damage on the Sri Lankan pitches in this tournament and by performing well this match he could secure his team a spot in the Super Eights.
Match Information :
September 21, Pallekele
Starting Time: 1530 GMT Time (1000 GMT Time)
Shakib Al Hasan vs Brendan McCullum
Brendan McCullum has the best record in T20 Internationals as he is the leading run scorer with 1443 runs from 43 T20 internationals. Shakib Al Hasan has looked a much better player ever since he handed over the captaincy to Rahim and his new position at 3 has been well thought out as Bangladesh are posing a bigger threat. Shakib Al Hasan may have to do battle with Brendan McCullum who can win a match on his own shoulders and Bangladesh will need to get him out early as he bats at 3 before he performs a similar act like he did when he scored 91 off 55 against India which was only a few weeks ago.
Tamim Iqbal is expected to open the batting with Mohammed Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan will slot into his new position of 3. A possible change from Bangladesh’s usual XI in T20’s could be leaving Elias Sunny out for the match and instead favouring Abul Hasan since the Pallekele doesn’t offer much for the spinners.
Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Nasir Hossain, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Elias Sunny/Abul Hasan
New Zealand’s batsmen are well settled in the XI but it is the pace bowlers where the selectors will have to do some thinking. Tim Southee is doubtful but if he is fit he will play based on form but then for the other spot New Zealand have the choice from Bracewell, Mills or Milne.
New Zealand (probable) 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Ross Taylor (capt), 6 Jacob Oram, 7 James Franklin, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Tim Southee/Doug Bracewell, 11 Kyle Mills/Adam Milne