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Shakib Al Hasan become only the third Bangladesh player to play 200 or more ODIs, behind skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (210) and Mushfiqur Rahim (206). @ AFP

Bangladesh created the first upset of the ICC World Cup 2019 when they triumphed against a beleaguered South Africa side by 21 runs. This time, the Tigers will look to Shakib Al Hasan, who sets foot in his 200th one-day international as his side chase a second successive World Cup win against New Zealand at the Kennington Oval in London on Wednesday.

Shakib was the key man when Bangladesh upset South Africa on Sunday. His composed 75 helped steer Bangladesh to their highest one-day international total of 330 for six before the spinner took 1/50 to restrict South Africa to 309/8.

That wicket made Shakib only the fifth player behind Sri Lanka‘s Sanath Jayasuriya, South African Jacques Kallis, and Pakistan pair Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq to reach the landmark of 5,000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs.

New Zealand, the 2015 edition’s runners-up meanwhile, enter this match on the back of a crushing 10-wicket drubbing against Sri Lanka in their opening match.

The Kiwis showed against Sri Lanka that they are a well-rounded team more than capable of going a long way in the tournament. They did not miss pace spearhead Tim Southee (calf) and top-order batsman Henry Nicholls (hamstring) in their opening game.

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Matt Henry, who replaced Southee, took three wickets in Sri Lanka’s 136 all out, while openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill knocked off the 137 required in just 16.1 overs.

Shakib has experience of upsetting the Black Caps after inspiring their five-wicket win over New Zealand in the 2017 Champions Trophy with the most recent of his seven ODI hundreds. He will become only the third Bangladesh player to play 200 or more ODIs, behind skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (210) and Mushfiqur Rahim (206).

Will Bangladesh make Shakib’s 200th ODI a memorable won or will New Zealand continue to crush every team in it’s path. Let’s wait and watch!

What: Match 9, ICC World Cup, Bangladesh vs New Zealand

When: June 5 (Thursday)

Where: Kennington Oval, London

Weather: Cloudy skies with a maximum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius

Time: 6 pm IST

On TV: Star Network (in India)

You can also follow LIVE coverage of the match on CricketCountry (SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs New Zealand)

Teams

Bangladesh

Having begun on a winning note, Bangladesh will not want to tinker with their combination and will look to go ahead with the same XI.

Probable XI: 1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Soumya Sarkar, 3. Shakib Al Hasan, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5. Mohammad Mithun, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Mosaddek Hossain, 8. Mehidy Hasan, 9. Mohammad Saifuddin, 10. Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), 11. Mustafizur Rahman

New Zealand

New Zealand did not miss pace spearhead Tim Southee, recuperating from a calf injury and top-order batsman Henry Nicholls (hamstring) in their opening game. Matt Henry, who replaced Southee, took three wickets in Sri Lanka’s 136 all out, while openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill knocked off the 137 required in just 16.1 overs.

Probable XI: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson (captain), 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Tom Latham (wk), 6. James Neesham, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Matt Henry, 10. Lockie Ferguson, 11. Trent Boult

Head-to-head record

Number of matches played: 13

New Zealand wins: 13

Bangladesh wins: 0

Quotes

“We are up for the challenge but at the same time we are relaxed. We knew we had the skill to beat big teams. I think that we are in a good place, mentally. I think if we can continue in this manner, we can go a long way in the tournament.” Shakib Al Hasan

“In England we can expect different kinds of wickets. In the warm-up games we saw all kinds of attacks and wickets, so it is important to have a balanced attack for these wickets.” Kane Williamson

(With inputs from AFP)