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NZ, Bangladesh face off in must-win game

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CARDIFF, June 8: New Zealand and Bangladesh enter their final group match of the ICC Champions Trophy here tomorrow with the knowledge that even a win may not be enough to see either of them into the semifinals.

New Zealand are, quite surprisingly, at the bottom of Group A with Bangladesh in the third position.

Both teams have a point apiece in the biennial ODI tournament after they were each comprehensively defeated by England, while their respective matches with Australia ended in rain-induced no results.

Hosts England have signalled their title intentions by cruising into the last-four stage following two convincing outings.

If Australia beat England in their last group match at Edgbatson, both the teams will be in the semifinals as they enjoy better net run-rate.

The desperation for a win aside, both New Zealand and Bangladesh would hope for an England victory against Australia, assuming rain does not disturb their calculations again.

While the Kiwis were unfortunate against Australia given that they were in a stronger position when the match was called off, Bangladesh were lucky to run away with a point against the Aussies.

New Zealand should have the edge over Bangladesh when it comes to local knowledge given their 87-run defeat by England in Cardiff on Tuesday.

New Zealand have the pedigree, but it would be foolish to rule out Bangladesh, given their improved showing in this format in recent years.

Inspirational skipper Kane Williamson will again be the man to watch out for in the New Zealand ranks.

Williamson made a brilliant hundred against Australia before following up with a classy 97 against England � a match where he was fined but not banned for a dreadfully slow over-rate. � PTI

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NZ, Bangladesh face off in must-win game

CARDIFF, June 8: New Zealand and Bangladesh enter their final group match of the ICC Champions Trophy here tomorrow with the knowledge that even a win may not be enough to see either of them into the semifinals.

New Zealand are, quite surprisingly, at the bottom of Group A with Bangladesh in the third position.

Both teams have a point apiece in the biennial ODI tournament after they were each comprehensively defeated by England, while their respective matches with Australia ended in rain-induced no results.

Hosts England have signalled their title intentions by cruising into the last-four stage following two convincing outings.

If Australia beat England in their last group match at Edgbatson, both the teams will be in the semifinals as they enjoy better net run-rate.

The desperation for a win aside, both New Zealand and Bangladesh would hope for an England victory against Australia, assuming rain does not disturb their calculations again.

While the Kiwis were unfortunate against Australia given that they were in a stronger position when the match was called off, Bangladesh were lucky to run away with a point against the Aussies.

New Zealand should have the edge over Bangladesh when it comes to local knowledge given their 87-run defeat by England in Cardiff on Tuesday.

New Zealand have the pedigree, but it would be foolish to rule out Bangladesh, given their improved showing in this format in recent years.

Inspirational skipper Kane Williamson will again be the man to watch out for in the New Zealand ranks.

Williamson made a brilliant hundred against Australia before following up with a classy 97 against England � a match where he was fined but not banned for a dreadfully slow over-rate. � PTI