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New Zealand will take on Bangladesh in Match  No. 28 of T20 World Cup 2016 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The game is a dead-rubber, considering New Zealand have already qualified and Bangladesh have been knocked out, following their defeat to India. The Kiwis started of their campaign with an emphatic victory over the hosts India, beating them by 47 runs. This was followed by a eight run win over Australia, and a convincing win over Pakistan by 22 runs. Bangladesh on the other hand, choked dramatically in their last game against India. With just two runs needed of three balls, the Bangladeshi batsmen found some way to lose the game. FULL SCORECARD:New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 28th T20 Match, Super 10 Group 2

This fixture provides a chance for New Zealand to rest their star players, knowing a place in semi-finals is certain. Yet, they will also feel to keep their winning momentum going, as well as knowing a win will see them finish as table toppers. We take a look at the possible New Zealand XI to face Bangladesh, who are playing for pride.

Top Order: The opening pair picks itself for the New Zealand team with the kind of form Martin Guptill is in currently, it feels even more tough to understand why he wasn’t bought by any IPL team in the recent auction. His knock of 80 against Pakistan in the last game was a prime example of his ability to take on bowlers at will. He is well partnered by the ever reliable Kane Williamson. Williamson, the skipper, has struggled to exert his influence with the bat, but will see this game as an opportunity to get back in form. At no.3 though, it will be interesting to see if New Zealand rest Colin Munro and give a full T20 international debut to Henry Nicholls. While Munro is yet to get going with bat, his capability cannot be doubted. Expect Munro to play. ALSO READ: T20 World Cup 2016: Mashrafe Mortaza feels it will be difficult for Bangladesh to regain confidence after defeat against India

Middle Order: The New Zealand middle order is stacked with talent, experience and all-rounders. Corey Anderson has been effective with both bat and ball, Ross Taylor has found his lost touch back, with both Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott providing the finishing blows. While New Zealand might feel a urge to give Nathan McCullum a game, its tough to see any of the middle order change, considering Anderson’s form which makes him untouchable and Ronchi being the designated wicket-keeper. While a change for Elliott with McCullum might be considered, it seems unlikely.

Lower Order: New Zealand are so heavily stacked in the bowling department, that their best pace bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult have not played a game. With the conditions heavily assisting spinners, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi have been impeccable, taking 13 wickets in 3 games. Replacing one of those two with Nathan McCullum might be an option. On the pace side, Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne have been chosen over the experienced duo of Boult and Southee. While Milne bowled beautifully against Pakistan, McClenaghan produced a match winning performance against Australia. The temptation to play Boult and Southee, though, may just be too much for New Zealand board.

New Zealand likely XI: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson(c), Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi(wk), Grant Elliott, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi