Tri-Nation: Tigers eye maiden away victory against Kiwis

Tri-Nation: Tigers eye maiden away victory against Kiwis

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Dhaka – Bangladesh eye their maiden away victory against New Zealand Tigers eye maiden away victory against Kiwiswhen they will meet the Kiwis in the last match of the Tri-Nation Series in Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday.New Zealand have already clinched the series with one match to spare against Bangladesh as they won their first three matches — two against hosts Ireland and one against Bangladesh.Although the match is treated as a dead rubber, both the teams are looking to finish strong before they move to the next month’s Champions Trophy in England.New Zealand have some of their IPL stars back, having already made their presence felt in the last game against Ireland where Corey Anderson, Matt Henry and Adam Milne took part in dismantling Ireland by 190 runs. Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro are also in form, having made runs during this series.Bangladesh will want to get one back at New Zealand, having lost to them in all four ODIs they have played since December last year. The two sides also meet in the final group match in the Champions Trophy, and a win will certainly boost their morale.Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar have shown good form but Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan are yet to play a significant innings in Ireland. Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain will also have to find a way to get more runs in the slog overs.Soumya Sarkar has struck 61 and 87 not out in the tournament, scoring his first fifty in nearly two years.Bangladesh’s bowling too must prove, especially going into the Champions Trophy, that it doesn’t entirely rely on Mustafizur Rahman for the wickets and Shakib Al Hasan for control. Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Sunzamul Islam and Mehedi Hasan all have to find a way to deal with a higher-ranked opposition in these conditions.Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam and Subashis Roy are options available as replacements for Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain. Imrul Kayes and Nasir Hossain, too, are up for selection if the team management wants to give their batsmen a break.Bangladesh Team: (probable): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (capt), Sunzamul Islam, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur RahmanNew Zealand included Matt Henry, Adam Milne and Corey Anderson in the XI in their last game, and they are unlikely to make any changes after their 190-run win against Ireland.New Zealand team (probable) : Luke Ronchi (wk), Tom Latham (capt), Neil Broom, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Colin Munro, Adam Milne, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi and Matt Henry.UNB news agency

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