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Black Caps demand early Bangladesh wickets

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/06/2017

New Zealand fielder Trent Boult dives to catch England batsman Jake Ball during the ICC Champions Trophy match between England and New Zealand at SWALEC Stadium on June 6, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. © Stu Forster/Getty Images New Zealand fielder Trent Boult dives to catch England batsman Jake Ball during the ICC Champions Trophy match between England and New Zealand at SWALEC Stadium on June 6, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. Trent Boult has promised New Zealand will "come hard" at Bangladesh as the Black Caps seek to retain interest in the Champions Trophy.

Both Bangladesh and New Zealand are in the last-chance saloon in Cardiff on Friday, with the losers definitely heading home.

The winners will progress to the semi-finals if England, who have already qualified from Group A, beat Australia in the section's final match at Edgbaston on Saturday.

"We all know the importance of getting wickets early in the innings," paceman Boult said.

"Putting a team under pressure is where you can really set the game up for people.

"I am sure we will come hard at their top order which is playing very well.

"Their batsmen have been making runs and Tamim (Iqbal) at the top of the order is a quality player."

The two sides know each other well as Bangladesh toured New Zealand last winter.

The Kiwis were dominant on home soil winning the one-day series 3-0 ahead of Twenty20 and Test success.

But Bangladesh won their most recent meeting in Dublin by five wickets, although key quintet Boult, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee and Adam Milne were all missing for New Zealand.

Hopes of another Bangladesh victory could rest on the batting brilliance of Tamim, who has lit up the Champions Trophy with scores of 128 and 95 against England and Australia.

"If a couple of guys start scoring in the next game, we are a very dangerous side," Tamim said.

"We have beaten their strongest team at home, but maybe not so strong in Ireland.

"They have serious quality players. If we want to repeat the result again, we have to execute well."

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