Santer ready for Tigers showdown

15 May 2017 10:28:10 EST

New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner expects a decent battle against familiar foes Bangladesh when they go head to head on neutral ground on Wednesday.

The two countries meet in Dublin ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, having played against each other over the winter in New Zealand.

The Black Caps go into the 50-over contest in winning touch after left-arm spinner Santner claimed a maiden five-wicket haul in one-day international cricket versus Ireland on Sunday.

It helped a team captained by Tom Latham in the absence of Kane Williamson to win by 51 runs.

Of the Bangladesh challenge, the 25-year-old Worcestershire player said: "They are quite an aggressive team and have some good batters at the top.

"We have played a lot of cricket against them recently on similar surfaces back home to what we have here and I guess that should make it a good battle."

Ireland provided a competitive introduction to New Zealand's Champions Trophy plans with Niall O'Brien's superb century threatening to be even more challenging to the dominance of the away side.

"It was a special knock from Niall, but we had enough to get over the line," Santner added.

"Once it dried up there was some purchase and I was just trying to change the pace," he added: "There are good signs going forward, with the batters getting off to starts."

New Zealand are 10/1 to win the ICC Champions Trophy next month and 7/2 to win Group A.

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