Bangladesh vs New Zealand Live Score 5th T20 World Cup 2012
Brendon McCullum smashed cracking half-century to put New Zealand on path of mammoth target against Bangladesh.
Spinner Abdur Razzak brought the gold for Bangladesh as he dismissed opener martin Guptill for 11.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to bowl first against New Zealand in a Group D match here at Pallekele stadium on Friday.
Rahim said that rain is expected so he wants to bowl in dry field. Ross Taylor said he would also love to bowl first.
BAN: Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Elias Sunny, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam
NZ: Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, KS Williamson, Jacob Oram, James Franklin, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills
Underdogs New Zealand will start their ICC T20 World Cup 2012 campaign against dark horses Bangladesh here at the Pallekele stadium on Friday.
New Zealand are placed in tough Group D along with Bangladesh and Pakistan. The black caps are expecting good show in the World T20 after starting their season on poor note.
Kiwis came to Sri Lanka after losing Test series against West Indies and India. However, they won the rain-hit T20 series against India 1-0.
On the other hand, Bangladesh are most unpredictable side in this format. Bangladeshis can defeat any side on their particular day. This game may be proved the firs major upset of the tournament.
Though, Bangladesh had defeated New Zealand 4-0 two years ago, they are eagerly looking to take early lead with a win here.
Meanwhile, a tight encounter is awaited at the Pallekele when two the sides will lock horns.
Players to watch:
For New Zealand, Brendon McCullum, is the match winner. He has played several memorable innings in T20 international. Recently, his blitzkrieg innings of 92 runs against India, helped Kiwis to clinch the Chennai T20.
On the other hand, Bangladesh are banking on its most dangerous batsman Tamim Iqbal to fire from the front. While allrounder Shakib Al Hasan provides strength to Bangladeshi team.
In last five games, Bangladesh have won three games while New Zealand won just one game.