New Zealand’s bid to keep an unbeaten record going into the World T20 semi-final took off to a fine start when they won their fourth toss in a row and opted to bat on a “very dry surface,” in Kolkata. Kane Williamson’s thoughts on the pitch mirrored his selection again as fast bowler Adam Milne was dropped for a third spinner in Nathan McCullum. Opening batsman Martin Guptill was given some time off and Henry Nicholls took his place. New Zealand are playing at Eden Gardens for the first time since 1987.
Bangladesh, on the 45th anniversary of their independence day, hoped to give their fans a consolation win. Mashrafe Mortaza admitted losing off the last ball in Bangalore, and going out of the tournament, was very emotional, but the team has had some time to recover. They have reprised the same team that played India, just as the Eden Gardens has reprised the same pitch that has been used for the last two matches here.
New Zealand 1 Henry Nicholls, 2 Kane Williamson (capt), 3 Colin Munro, 4 Corey Anderson, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Grant Elliot, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Ish Sodhi
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Mithun, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Soumya Sarkar, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Shuvagata Hom, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Al-Amin Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman