About the Match
The first day of cricket saw some strange tactics from New Zealand as the balance seesawed between the two sides. Bangladesh had completed their innings on 289 by day's close and New Zealand will resume the first thing in the morning.
Day 2 Preview
The pitch at the Hagley Oval was much less fiery than expected and the Bangladeshi batsmen gave a good account of themselves to score 289 runs. There was a point when the innings seemed to be running towards another huge total as Shakib AL Hassan and Soumya Sarkar added 127 runs at 4.98 runs per over and had the New Zealand bowlers at their mercy.
New Zealand though managed to pick some crucial wickets and would have been the slightly happier side at the end of the day.
Jeet Raval and Tom Latham will walk out to bat for New Zealand on day 2 and they both would be looking to see out the first hour of play and then capitalize later on. The Bangladeshi fast bowlers will need to bowl as well as their New Zealand counterparts to keep their team in the game.
They can also learn from some of the mistakes that the Kiwis made and not fall into the trap of bowling a predominantly short line of attack. Not only do they not have the same kind of pace but are also up against batsmen that face the short ball much better.
Expect New Zealand to continue to bat in an aggressive manner once the initial period has been seen off. There was something about the tactics that Kane Williamson employed on day 1 that said that he is looking to dominate the Bangladeshi’s and maybe even look to make a point.
The fact that he did not bowl Mitchell Santner at all during the day will also be interesting because Bangladesh actually started with spin in the first match and depended on Mehdi Hassan to do a lot of the damage.
Back one of the top three in the New Zealand batting lineup to score a century. We personally think that Jeet Raval is due to score runs and this could be the innings to do so. Kane Williamson has also been completely dominant every time has gotten to bat and another big inning from him cannot be ruled out.
New Zealand will want to bat big and only once in this match if they have their way. This means that batsmen down the order will also have plenty of opportunities to score runs. Ross Taylor, de Grandhomme, and Henry Nicholls all will want to cash in against a weaker attack than they would normally face.
The main task of trying out wickets will fall to the duo of Rubel Hussain and Taskin Ahmed. They are both inexperienced but have enough pace to trouble the batsmen. They just need to concentrate on maintaining the correct line and length, though.
Bangladesh performed admirably with the bat but we doubt if they will be able to do the same with the ball. New Zealand should find themselves in a very strong position by the end of day 2.