About the Match
Both teams had a high scoring 1st innings in the opening test match at Chittagong in which two batsmen, one from each side scored centuries that resulted in the match becoming a draw. The Black Caps won the toss and chose to bat first with an aim to hoist a big total that would help them dictate terms to the hosts. They almost realized this goal with a big total and claiming wickets of both the Bangladesh openers but for the young Sohag Gazi, who with his dream test debut changed the scenario and kept his team from losing the plot. The 2nd test starting on Thursday will be an interesting one and it remains to be seen which team will emerge victorious.
Mushfiqur Rahim, with a young team and two debutants, had a job in hand to guide the team with his experience. He did it superbly, changing the bowlers with various options to break the well settled opening stand by introducing debutant Gazi and later breaking the 2nd wicket stand of 116 runs by removing Fulton. Razaq, recalled after a break of 2 years, made inroads into the middle order and the timely introduction of Shakib ended the centurion Williamson but the team couldn’t restrict New Zealand from putting up an imposing 469. It was a disastrous start for Bangladesh, losing the two openers with just 8 runs on board. Mominul Haque, coming at No.4 stood ground to build partnerships for the 3rd, 4th and 5th wickets till the team was out of danger of following-on and later Sohag Gazi unleashed a breezy knock of an unbeaten 101, with 3 sixes and 10 fours helping the home team to surpass the huge total. In the 2nd innings Sohag Gazi made history by claiming 6 wickets and scoring a brilliant century thus resulting in the draw. Bangladesh goes to the 2nd test with a positive mind and a lot of confidence.
The visitors too had young debutants in Anderson and Sodhi and after the sound start given by Fulton and Rutherford; it was Williamson and later Watling, who carried the innings on their shoulders, hitting centuries. A fluent 127-run last wicket stand between Watling and Boult exposed the weaknesses in the home side bowling. But for lack of good support in bowling to Sohag, the 2nd innings of the Kiwis would have ended much earlier and the match would have been thrilling. But it was only academic after the declaration came, for the home side to attempt to score nearly 250 runs in less than 50 overs, in a wearing pitch. The Kiwis need to find answers to Abdur Razaq and Sohag Gazi to make a head-way in the 2nd test. They should be happy with the opening pair but the middle order has to overcome its weaknesses.
The home side is determined and has good slow bowlers who have tasted positive results in the 1st test. New Zealand will try to put its best foot forward and make good use of the experience and skill sets that they have. Though both teams look evenly matched, Bangladesh looks well placed to exploit the weaknesses of the opponents and have an upper hand in the 2nd. It is going to be an exciting event at Dhaka. With subcontinent pitches favoring batsmen, I suspect that the match will end in a draw once again.
Draw, 2.00 @ William Hill
Kiwi batsmen have been in the phenomenal touch and their openers have done exceedingly well to provide stable start. I think Rutherford and Fulton will once again provide Kiwis with a decent start and will surpass thirty runs.
Fall Of 1st New Zealand Wicket:
Over 30.5, 1.83 @ William Hill