ICC World T20 Day 17: New Zealand can clinch top spot with win over Bangladesh

Martin Guptil of New Zealand bats during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Super 10s Group 2 match between Australia and New Zealand at HPCA Stadium on March 18, 2016 in Dharamsala, India.

Day 17 of the ICC World T20 sees New Zealand looking to make it a perfect four wins from four and clinch top spot in Group 2, while Sri Lanka need a win over England to keep themselves in the semi-final hunt.

With the Kiwis undefeated and opponents Bangladesh yet to win a game this has the makings of a formality on paper, but the underdogs showed how dangerous they can be in a cruel one run defeat to pre-tournament favourites India.

Sri Lanka and England meet in the second match of the day, and a loss for either team would make it extremely difficult for them to qualify for the knockout stage.

Key Players

New Zealand

Martin Guptil: New Zealand have primarily won with their bowlers during the competition, but Guptil’s impressive 80 was the match-winning performance against Pakistan. The big hitting opener has cleared the rope eight times during the competition – more than all but three batsmen.

Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal: Despite missing a game due to injury, Iqbal is the competition’s leading scorer with 292 runs at an average of 97.33. He’s made a century, a half-century, finished the innings not out twice and hit more sixes than any other player in the competition.

Sri Lanka

Tillakaratne Dilshan: At 39 years of age, Dilshan is still one of the most important members of the Sri Lankan squad. He made just 12 against the West Indies, but his unbeaten 83 against Afghanistan showed he’s still got plenty to offer with the bat.

England

Joe Root: Root has developed into England’s match winner in all formats of the game and is rightly acknowledged as one of the best players in the world. His 143 runs in the competition are more than double that of any other English batsman. He’s also their only squad member to reach 50 in an innings.

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