About the Match
A rain-hit day of cricket restricted what turned out be an exhilarating exhibition of batting from the Bangladeshi’s and left New Zealand shell shocked in the process. Can Bangladesh build on their gains from day 1 and give themselves a chance?
Day 2 Preview
When Kane Williamson won the toss and put Bangladesh into bat, the expectation was that the visitors would collapse like a house of cards. After all, the Wellington pitch was difficult to discern from the outfield and New Zealand seamers are some of the best in the world, especially when playing at home.
Bangladesh took a nothing to lose approach and went after the bowling making them lose their lengths. Only 40.2 overs were possible on the first day, however, Bangladesh managed to score at a very impressive 3.81 runs per over to reach 154 for the loss of three wickets.
One of the biggest variables on Day 1 was the wind. It was more of a screaming gale in actuality and even prevented the cameraman from being able to work from one end of the ground because he risked being blown clean off his perch!
The wind could also be blamed for negating any swing in the air and making it difficult for the bowlers to bowl into it. We could see a much-improved bowling display in more moderate conditions tomorrow.
At the crease for Bangladesh is the hugely impressive Mominul Haque and Shakib Al Hasan. Mominul stayed true to his reputation of being dependable and is batting on 64 not out while Shakib is just starting out on 5.
We think that the Bangladeshi’s will continue with their aggressive approach because they know the likelihood of a wicket taking delivery being around the corner is high. Backing Mominul for a three-figure score might sound like a safe bet although we think that he is likely to fall just short.
Bangladesh still has another two quality batsmen in the hut after these two in Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman. Rahim is recovering from injury and has not had much time to acclimatize to the conditions and so we don’t expect much from him.
Rahman is probably the best suited to go after the bowling but his uncertain technique makes it difficult for us to back him to get too many.
In fact, we are backing an improved display of bowling by New Zealand on day 2 and think that Bangladesh will fold for around 275.
If Bangladesh does manage to reach a total of 300 or maybe even 350 though then the match is thrown wide open. The pitch may not be the minefield everyone was expecting it to be but it still has a lot to offer to the bowlers.
Even though Tim Southee was the best bowler on display from the New Zealand side, we think Neil Wagner is most likely to end up being the highest wicket-taker in the innings.
Bangladesh has made a good start but there is a long way to go in this test match