About the Match
Bangladesh will be taking on New Zealand in their first match of the tri-series in what promises to be an exciting match. New Zealand is of course coming into this match on the back of a win while Bangladesh would be disappointed at having got only one point from their encounter against Ireland due to rain.
There were some jitters for Bangladesh in their opening match against Ireland as they lost early wickets and were 70 for 4 at one point. The pitches so far have been very green and offered some early assistance to the bowlers, something the Bangladeshi batsmen would do well to remember and maybe reign in their overly aggressive approach.
Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudallah were looking quite solid before the rain arrived and that experience in the middle will no doubt help them but other players like Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar and the experienced Shakib Al Hasan need to come to the party as well.
Bangladesh’s recent record against New Zealand is not good, however, it is a team against which Bangladesh has tasted a considerable amount of success in the past. With a weakened New Zealand due to the loss of some of their top players, Bangladesh could be eyeing an upset here.
Bangladesh did not bowl the last time around and so we do not quite know how the likes of Mehdi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed will get on but we do expect the Bangladeshi bowling to pose some serious questions to every opponent.
One of the main reasons why Bangladesh has done well against most opponents in recent times has been their bowling and it is that aspect of the game which will probably determine how they got on in this series as well.
A lot of fans around the world would have been unaware of many of the names in the New Zealand side, however, inexperienced while they may be, easy pickings they are definitely not. George Worker started the series with a confident fifty while Rance and Kuggeleijn were very impressive with the ball.
The experienced core made up f Taylor, Broom and Neesham also played well to lead New Zealand to a decent total against Ireland, however, it should be remembered that it needed a cameo from Broom and some wickets at crucial times for it to be enough.
Luke Ronchi looked impressive at the top of the order, going hard at the bowling as expected but New Zealand will need him to go on and get a big score if he is to challenge Guptill for the opening slot. Latham was good as captain, doing all the right things but will want to score some runs in the series to be really comfortable in the role.
We think this is an interesting New Zealand side that should be beefed up with the arrival of more of their regulars now that the IPL is winding down. They are however prone to cracking under pressure and Bangladesh will be well aware of that.
Pitch and Conditions
There is rain in the air once more while the pitch at Clontarf Cricket Club should be better to at on than the ones seen in the series so far. The ground is small and plenty of boundaries should be on offer of the weather remains clear. That is a big if though and so expect the team winning the toss to bat second.
This is a close match to call between a full strength Bangladesh team in conditions they are not traditionally comfortable with and an under-strength New Zealand team in favorable conditions. We are going with New Zealand to win this one on the back of their top order coming good with the bat.
Back New Zealand to win.
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