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Bangladesh faces big challenge against unstoppable New Zealand

Shaken after losing to India in a cliffhanger, a demoralised Bangladesh will look to end their campaign on a high when they face a rampaging New Zealand in a ICC World Twenty20 dead rubber at Eden Gardens here tomorrow.

Their epic one-run loss from the jaws of victory against India on Wednesday ended the semifinal hopes of the spirited Bangladesh team as they’re winless from three matches.

The Black Caps, who have already sealed a final-four berth, on the other hand, would look to top Group 2 with an all-win record as they have emerged from being a ‘lesser team’ to the team to beat in the sixth edition of the World T20.

With their contrasting campaigns, Mashrafe Mortaza’s men will seek a consolation win and restore some pride but it remains to be seen whether the Black Caps take their foot off the gas ahead of the knockouts.

This will be Bangladesh’s second outing of the World Twenty20 at the Eden and the familiar conditions in front of an expected crowd support closer to home would certainly boost the team’s morale after their heart-aching loss to India.


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