The game will decide who will remain in contention for semi-final spot from Group A, although the catch is that the winner will still not be sure of progression – a point for Australia would be enough to qualify.
Kane Williamson must have been wondering why it has come to this. They dominated Australia in the tournament opener only for rain to ruin their chances. In their second match in Cardiff, an all-round England side overwhelmed the Kiwis leaving them with a solitary point.
Even a win will not guarantee a semi-final spot but a loss will surely push them out of contention.
Williamson has been their hero with the bat while Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill have impressed in patches. Lack of bite in their middle order has been their bane. With the ball too, the lack of swing has nullified the strength of Tim Southee and Trent Boult.
If rain ruined the Kiwis’ chances, it has kept Bangladesh alive at this moment. The Tigers were on the brink of losing to Australia only for incessant showers to gift them a point. This, after their opening game loss to England in which their batsmen gave them a fighting total.
Tamim Iqbal has been in cracking form for Bangladesh with the bat while Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan are doing their bit. Bowling remains a concern for them though as Mustafizur Rahman is struggling to adapt to pitches that do not suit his cutters.