About the Match
The Kiwis pulled off a series win in the ongoing T20 tournament against Bangladesh by winning the second match by 47 runs; they will go for a 3-0 whitewash when they meet the visitors for the 3rd T20 match at Mount Maunganui on 8th January. Earlier, the hosts had won the 3-match ODI series as well and with their all-round performance have dominated Bangladesh throughout the T20 series. Bangladesh has one last chance to redeem itself with a face-saving win here before taking on the hosts for the Test series. It needs to be seen if the Black Caps continue to be invincible on Sunday.
Colin Munro’s sensational 101 off just 54 balls helped the hosts garner a challenging 195 runs against Bangladesh in the last match; Tom Bruce, who has had a good domestic season, contributed well with an unbeaten 59 off 39, and adds depth to the batting unit. Others like Kane Williamson, who had posted a well-made 73 off 55 in the first T20 match, Neil Broom, Corey Anderson and all-rounder Colin De Grandhomme, who scored 41 runs in the first match, can help to stabilize the innings here.
Defending 195, spinners Ish Sodhi, who claimed 3-36, Williamson who dismissed 2-16, and Mitchell Santner wreaked havoc on the opposition along with some superb fielding from Grandhomme. Pacers Trent Boult and Ben Wheeler supported well with regular breakthroughs and bring variety to the attack. They combined well to restrict the visitors to 148, getting them all-out by the 18th over.
Williamson could lead from the front and he has key players like Munro, Grandhomme, Bruce and Anderson to help keep the scoreboard ticking. They are a strong unit with experienced batsmen and bowlers, who can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with here.
Chasing 195 proved to be an uphill task after the top-order batsmen fell like a pack of cards; Sabbir Rahman was the lone fighter with 48 off 32 while all-rounder Soumya Sarkar contributed with 39 runs but it wasn’t enough to cross the finish line. Hard-hitters like Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal put up a dismal show but they could bounce back with a better performance here. The batting line-up also disappointed the fans when they mustered only 141 runs while batting first in the first T20 match; Mahmudullah top-scored with 52 but he had no support from others like Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar or the captain himself.
The bowling unit has in-form speedsters like Rubel Hossain, who took 3-37 in the second match, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman and Soumya Sarkar who can try to outwit the hosts. Spinners Mosaddek Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah bring their skills to the table and can stifle the opponents with their clever variations. Defending 141 was a tough task for the bowlers but they have good resources, who can help the team execute the game plan to perfection.
Their morale may be down but they will try to gather themselves and come back with a stronger performance with bat and ball here; whether batting first or chasing a target, the top-order could focus on building steady partnerships in the upcoming match.
Having won the series already, New Zealand will be determined to go for a 3-0 clean sweep here; while Bangladesh has many match-winners who could put up a stiff challenge here, we feel that the hosts are clear favorites to win on Sunday