World Cup: New Zealand vs Bangladesh at Hamilton
Both of these teams have already qualified for the quarter finals. New Zealand have done so in rampant fashion, winning their first five matches of the tournament. Bangladesh had some help in the form of a washout in their fixture against Australia, a match they almost certainly would have lost yet from which they managed to gain a crucial point. But they weren’t gift wrapped a spot in the final eight. They earned it with a rousing victory over the down-and-out England. Despite having their quarter finals spots secured, neither side will be looking to merely coast through this match. Bangladesh have been in fine form but do not have the firepower to match it with New Zealand.
Mashrafe Mortaza vs Brendon McCullum:
New Zealand opening batsmen McCullum has been thrashing new ball attacks throughout this World Cup. His aggressive intent intimidates many bowlers and allows the Kiwis to get off to a sprinting start. Bangladesh’s vastly-experienced opening bowler Mortaza faces a stiff challenge to try to quell the influence of McCullum.