The 11th encounter of the ICC World Cup 2023 is set to unfold on October 13, as New Zealand (NZ) square off against Bangladesh (BAN) at Chennai’s iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium. Under the temporary leadership of Tom Latham, New Zealand made an emphatic statement by toppling the reigning champions in their opening match, followed by a convincing victory against the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, the Bangla Tigers commenced their campaign with an impressive win, only to face a formidable challenge from England in their second fixture. For Bangladesh to remain in the World Cup contention, forging stronger alliances on the field is paramount. The upcoming clash promises to be a thrilling chapter in this cricketing saga.

Here’s New Zealand’s Predicted XI against Bangladesh:

Openers: Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra

Devon-Conway-and-Rachin-Ravindra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In the 2023 ICC World Cup opener in Ahmedabad, Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra formed New Zealand’s highest partnership ever in an ODI World Cup match. They chased down 283 runs against England, with New Zealand losing opener Will Young early. Conway and Ravindra’s 273-run stand came off just 211 deliveries. They make a great combination at the top order.

Middle Order: Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Tom Latham (wk)

Kane Williamson
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Kane Williamson, recovered from injury, displayed excellent form in a warm-up game, crafting a well-deserved fifty, making him an undeniable selection. Glenn Phillips struggled against the Netherlands, managing only four runs, but his ability to strike the ball effectively in the middle order makes him a potent threat. Tom Latham, typically an anchor, surprised with a brisk 53 at a 115-run strike rate against the Netherlands, offering New Zealand a dynamic option when urgency strikes.

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All-Rounders: Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman

Daryl Mitchell
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Daryl Mitchell presents a valuable option for middle-over slogging, demonstrated by his composed 48 runs off 47 balls. Mark Chapman, on the other hand, had a forgettable outing against England and the Netherlands, with a meager five-run contribution and apparent struggles. Nevertheless, the spin-friendly nature of the Chennai surface makes Chapman a suitable candidate for the playing XI.

Bowlers: Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

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Ish Sodhi demonstrated his spin prowess with an impactful five-wicket haul against Bangladesh in a pre-World Cup series, emphasising his effectiveness on spin-friendly pitches. Mitchell Santner’s recent performance against the Netherlands, where he also claimed a five-wicket haul, underscores his suitability for the Chennai conditions. Both spinners are indispensable for New Zealand in these conditions.

Matt Henry impressed against the Netherlands, maintaining a frugal economy of four while taking three crucial wickets, in a game where fast bowlers had limited impact. Trent Boult, akin to Kane Williamson, stands as a clear choice, given his potential to dismantle top-notch batting lineups with his disruptive skills.

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New Zealand Predicted XI: 

Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (WK), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

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