About the Match
The Kiwis are playing a 2-Test Series overseas against Bangladesh from 09th Oct ‘13, with the 1st of them being played at Chittagong. Both teams did not have very encouraging test series recently against most of the teams at home or overseas. Chittagong is expected to have thunderstorms with rain interrupting the game very often, during the test match.
Bangladesh played their last test series in Sri Lanka in March which they lost by 1-0 and had a disappointing home series against West Indies in Dec 2012 which they lost 2-0. Mushfiqur Rahim is a seasoned player and he has experienced all-rounders in Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam and Shakib Al Hasan who are quite young and talented. Tamim Iqbal has been opening the innings for quite a long time, with over 4000 runs in 145 tests with six centuries to his credit and good average of 31.57 and strike rate of 82.19. Abdul Razaq, who has been playing with Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL T20 competitions, has been called for the national squad. The team is a very good mix of old and young with variety in fast medium, leg and off breaks, left arm and right arm bowling, left and right hand batting. Though the senior players have played well in recent test matches, the youngsters have not yet risen up to the expectations.
New Zealand also does not have great achievements in test series recently. Their series against Sri Lanka in their overseas tour in Nov 2012 was drawn 1-1; lost against South Africa 2-0 in Jan 2013 and playing against England at home in March 2013, they drew the series 0-0. McCullum has been a playing lot of competitive cricket lately, in all forms of the game and has excelled so far. He has the aptitude to adjust to any form of the game and has very rich experience with 262 tests with over 6000 runs that includes 7 centuries. Ross Taylor, Fulton and Williamson have combined well in the middle order with the younger players and presence of the Captain behind the wicket will be of great value to the players. Gillespie, Bracewell, Anderson and Martin are coming up well in handling the opponent with the new ball. Some of the players have the experience of playing in IPL T20 cricket with various teams and County cricket in England, which will be of great value in shaping for the long format of the game.
Bangladesh has been in at the losing end in most of the test series recently. They lack experience, with adjusting to the test match environment being the main problem of the team. Similarly, many players in the New Zealand team also have played with various teams in IPL and CL tournaments and they need to adjust to the test match requirements. Limitations, experience and attitude weigh heavily against Bangladesh; New Zealand will win the series, unless weather dictates the outcome.
New Zealand, 2.50 @ Bet365