The ICC World Cup 2023 is underway in India, and the cricket fans are eagerly waiting for the exciting matches to unfold. One of the most anticipated clashes is between New Zealand and Bangladesh, who will face each other on October 9, 2023, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Both teams have a history of playing some thrilling games in the past, and this one promises to be no different. Let’s take a look at the prediction and betting odds for this match, and see who has the edge to win.
New Zealand are one of the strongest teams in the world, and they have proved it time and again with their consistent performances. They are the reigning World Test Championship winners, and they also reached the final of the last two ODI World Cups in 2015 and 2019. They have a balanced squad, with experienced players like Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Mitchell Santner, as well as young talents like Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Kyle Jamieson, and Daryl Mitchell. They have a formidable batting line-up, which can score big runs on any surface. Their bowling attack is equally potent, with a variety of pace and spin options. They are also excellent in the field, with some of the best catchers and throwers in the game.
New Zealand have started their World Cup campaign on a high note, as they thrashed England by nine wickets in their opening match on October 5. They chased down a target of 255 with ease, thanks to a brilliant century by Conway and a half-century by Williamson. Their bowlers also did a great job, as they restricted England to a below-par score. Boult was the pick of the bowlers, as he took four wickets for 42 runs. New Zealand will be confident of continuing their winning momentum against Bangladesh, who are ranked ninth in the ICC ODI rankings.
Bangladesh are one of the most improved teams in world cricket, and they have shown that they can compete with the best on their day. They have some experienced players like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, and Mustafizur Rahman, who have played in many World Cups and other big tournaments. They also have some promising youngsters like Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Mohammad Saifuddin, who have impressed with their skills and temperament. They have a strong batting unit, which can score runs at a good rate. Their bowling unit is also decent, with a mix of pace and spin.
Bangladesh have also begun their World Cup journey on a positive note, as they beat Afghanistan by six wickets in their first match on October 7. They chased down a target of 198 with ease, thanks to a solid half-century by Tamim and an unbeaten 46 by Rahim. Their bowlers also performed well, as they restricted Afghanistan to a modest score. Miraz was the star of the show, as he took four wickets for 28 runs. Bangladesh will be hoping to repeat their performance against New Zealand, who they have beaten twice in their last five ODI encounters.
New Zealand are short-priced favourites to win this match, and it’s difficult to see them losing to the lowest-ranked team at the World Cup. The Kiwis’ batting was sensational last week, and on a slow track here, we could see another few big scores from their batsmen. Their bowling attack is also superior to that of Bangladesh, and they can exploit the conditions better. Bangladesh will need to play out of their skins to challenge New Zealand, and they will need their top players to fire on all cylinders. However, given the gap in quality and form between the two teams, we predict that New Zealand will win this match comfortably.
The betting odds for this match are as follows:
These odds mean that if you bet $100 on New Zealand to win, you will get $140 back if they do. If you bet $100 on Bangladesh to win, you will get $210 back if they do.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh is one of the most exciting matches of the ICC World Cup 2023. Both teams have started their campaign with a win, and they will be keen to maintain their momentum. New Zealand are the clear favourites to win this match, as they have a stronger and more balanced team than Bangladesh. They also have a better record against Bangladesh in ODIs, and they have more experience of playing in big tournaments. Bangladesh are the underdogs, but they have a fighting spirit and a never-say-die attitude. They will need to play their best cricket to upset New Zealand, and they will need some luck as well. However, we think that New Zealand will win this match easily, and cement their place in the top four of the World Cup.
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