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Bangladesh bank on spin to unsettle red hot Kiwis

Bangladesh bank on spin to unsettle red hot Kiwis
Co-hosts New Zealand have looked in ominous form so far in the tournament while the confidence of Tigers from Bangladesh must be sky high post their famous win at Adelaide where they knocked England out of the tournament.

New Zealand, with five wins in as many games, have already won the group and face the fourth-placed team from the other group in the quarters. Bangladesh are most likely to run into Pool B toppers India.

Heading into the inconsequential game, both Bangladesh and New Zealand have made their intentions clear -- they want to end the group stage on a high.

Bangladesh assistant coach Ruwan Kalpage feels his team will carry the momentum of the last game at a 'spin friendly' Seddon Park.

"We want to go into the quarter-finals unbeaten from the last match and our players look forward to that on Friday," said Kalpage, a former Sri Lankan spinner.

Kalpage further said they have a plan for New Zealand captain and opener Brendon McCullum, who has hit three fifties so far in his usual belligerent manner.

"He (McCullum) has not had to start against spinners. It will be tough for us but we have plans for him. I am pretty sure it (the pitch) will help the spinners."

Bangladesh spinners can always prove to be more than a handful but their pacers too have delivered in the competition. Medium pacer Rubel Hossain's four-wicket haul set up a thrilling win against England.
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