About the Match
There is a tendency for teams and fans to take Bangladesh lightly. Not without reason too since Bangladesh cricket seemed to veer between the ordinary and the truly amateur for large parts with the odd glimpse of brilliance thrown in between. The last few years though have been different and when Bangladesh step on the field to take on New Zealand away from home, the result will not be a foregone conclusion like it once used to be.
The last few years have seen Bangladesh turn into a formidable limited overs side, especially in sub-continental conditions. They defeated India, Pakistan, and South Africa in one single year, managed to reach the finals of Asia Cup ahead of Pakistan and Sri Lanka and came as close to winning a match against India in the world t20 without actually winning as is possible.
They also won their first test against England earlier this year.
Their record in New Zealand is absolutely pathetic but that was a different Bangladesh Team. This current team is made up of players who have beaten New Zealand 3-0 in 2013 and others who have known success against some of the best players in the world.
The preparation that Bangladesh goes through before a tour or a tournament has undergone a sea change under coach Hathurusingha. For this New Zealand tour, the Bangladesh team spent nine days in Sydney, arrived early in New Zealand and spent time acclimatizing before their first match.
The first match in Cobham Oval is expected to be held on a pitch that will seam a little but be true for batting all throughout.
Players To Watch out For
: Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman are two players that like the horizontal bat shots while Mahmudullah had an excellent 2015 world cup and has shown real ability to handle the conditions.
Mustafizur will be key to Bangladesh’s bowling efforts along with Rubel Hussain and debutant Subhasis Roy, said to possess an extra yard of pace to trouble the batsmen.
The Kiwis will be very happy to return to their own conditions after having been thrashed 3-0 by Australia in the last month. The team is transitioning from the loss of some good names but they are very good at home, as they showed in the clinical decimation of a talented Pakistani team.
One of the main strengths of this team is the calm that captain Kane Williamson brings and their seeming abundance of bits and pieces players that do well in limited over games. Their fielding and catching is vastly superior to Bangladesh and will definitely help them gain an extra edge in these upcoming encounters.
Players To Watch out for
: Martin Guptill has established himself as the most dangerous opener in the limited overs game. His contest against the Bangladesh bowling lineup could well be determinant of the game’s result.
Kane Williamson has had a quiet few months and will want to cash in against Bangladesh. We back him to be the highest scorer of this series.
: We think that the game will be a close one but New Zealand will have the edge thanks to a better knowledge of the conditions in front of them. New Zealand To Win.
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