Bangladesh aim to end the tournament on positive note as they play final match against New Zealand © Getty Images
Bangladesh aim to end the tournament on positive note as they play final match against New Zealand © Getty Images

Bangladesh will take on an upbeat New Zealand in the 28th game of the ICC World T20 2016 at Eden Gardens,Kolkata. Bangladesh are coming into this game from a disheartening defeat at the hands of India at Bengaluru, after being in a commendable position. New Zealand on the other hand, are boosting with confidence as they have won all their clashes in the group stage so far. This is the final chance for a pumped Bangladeshi side to register a win in the tournament and sign off on a winning note. Suraj Choudhari pens down the likely XI for Bangladesh as they will battle it out for pride. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Bangladesh, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 28 at Kolkata

Bangladesh have a well seasoned side, they have fared well but couldn’t manage to finish the game and hold on their nerves. As one famously saw, Bangladesh in their previous encounter against India lost the game in the final over after being on the brink of a scintillating victory. They almost ended India’s run in the tournament but ended up being on the losing side. Bangladesh have nothing to lose and one can expect them to come out hard. On the contrary, they will get immense support from the crowd at Eden Gardens which will further add to their confidence.

Top Order: Bangladesh have not been unable to find an effective opening pair for Tamim Iqbal as wickets kept tumbling from the other end. Tamim will look to make an impact in their final game and take on New Zealand bowlers with the new ball. Mohammad Mithun will likely get a nod and another opportunity to leave a mark. Sabbir Rahman has been in scintillating form throughout the tournament. Sabbir has been a sensation to watch in this format of the game but has not been able to convert those good starts into a big innings. This is certainly his opportunity as New Zealand who have already reserved a berth in the semi-finals will opt for some changes and experimentation. READ: New Zealand vs Bangladesh, T20 World Cup 2016: Likely XI for New Zealand

Middle Order: Shakib Al Hasan’s return to form has strengthened the Bangladeshi middle-order. He’s a good player of spin and will hold the key against New Zealand who have been relying on the tweakers to bail them out. Mahmudullah’s form has been alluring but unfortunately he could not finish the game for his side against India. Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar in the line up further ensures depth and stability in the batting line up. Middle order has been the strength for Bangladesh and one can expect them to go all guns blazing as they have nothing to lose out here at Eden Gardens. READ: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 28 at Kolkata, Preview: Hurt ‘Tigers’ look to salvage some pride

Bowling attack: Bangladesh inarguably have one of the most dominant pace attacks in the tournament. Mustafizur Rahman has been in good form and will certainly test the Achilles heel of New Zealand batsmen with his canny variations. Mashrafe Mortaza has been economical with the ball and led the team with example. Al-Amin Hossain bowled beautifully but has been erratic and bowled a loose delivery every over which went for runs. The spin attack will be led by Shakib Al Hasan who has been phenomenal for his side. Mahmudullah and Shuvagata Hom can bowl occasional off-spin which have been effective in the recent times.

Likely XI for Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Shuvagata Hom, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.

(Suraj Choudhari is a reporter with Criclife and CricketCountry. He is an avid follower of the game, and plays the sport at club level. He has a radical understanding about the subtle nuances and intricacies of cricket, and tries to express it through paper and pen)