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New Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st test match went just as expected. There were a ton of runs scored but eventually, the New Zealand bowlers proved good enough to take 20 Bangladesh wickets. The contest between the bat and ball should be a bit more balanced as we move to Wellington for the second test match.
New Zealand will be eyeing another comfortable win after the innings victory they romped to in the first test. Kane Williamson is also on the verge of becoming the highest ranked test batsman in the world and that should provide further motivation to the side.
Bangladesh will be buoyed by its batting performance in the second inning but know there is still a long way for it to go to be competitive in New Zealand.
New Zealand batted just once in the first test and scored 715 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Almost every single batsman got runs as just Ross Taylor missed out. Looking at the impressive run he has had in the last couple of years, we would not rule out him making amends for this lost opportunity in a big manner.
Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, and Kane Williamson all scored big hundreds with Williamson going on to make a double century. We don’t see any changes in the New Zealand side for the second test unless there is an injury concern.
This strong batting lineup is not going to be tested too much by Bangladesh and backing most of them to get a fifty-plus score is the way to go. This is especially true of New Zealand is batting second at Wellington.
Players like Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, and BJ Watling are wonderful test players that don’t miss out on easy scoring opportunities. Nothing that the Bangladesh bowlers can throw at them is going to test them too much and they can all get massive scores by avoiding self-inflicted mistakes.
The bowling also stood up to the test on a flat pitch in the first test. Neil Wagner and then Trent Boult took five wickets in the test match to outclass Bangladesh. The ploy to bowl short at the Bangladeshi batsmen was very clear and this will continue in the second test as well.
New Zealand will not be overly concerned about the partnership that Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah shared because that is bound to happen somewhere along the line. The Wellington pitch offers a little more to the bowlers and we expect better returns for the New Zealand bowlers this time around.
Jeet Raval, TWM Latham, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, N Wagner, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, TG Southee, Matt Henry, TA Boult.
A horrific batting performance by Bangladesh on the first day of the test ended their hopes of winning or even salvaging a draw against New Zealand. Tamim Iqbal played absolutely brilliantly to score a century but there was no one else that stood up and made a significant score.
The team selection appeared a bit strange to us as Bangladesh left out Mustafizur Rahman and played only four bowlers. That is not the way to win test matches and they are going to struggle to take ten wickets in a test forget twenty.
Mehidy Hasan had a very forgettable test match as he gave away over 250 runs alone for just two wickets. A lot of overs had to be bowled by the part-timers like Soumya Sarkar and that never allowed any pressure to build on the New Zealand players.
The pacers were quite poor as Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain, and Khaled Ahmed failed to have any impact on the game.
Bangladesh does not have too many options in its squad to change things around in a hurry. We can expect to see Mustafizur Rahman back in the side for the next test but the balance of the team is unlikely to change and Bangladesh will probably continue to play with just four bowlers.
The only way for Bangladesh to compete against New Zealand is through the strength of its batting. There are some pretty decent batsmen in the lineup including Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, and Mahmudullah.
Seein three of the batsmen score centuries in the first test would have given the entire side some confidence that they can fight effectively against the New Zealand pace attack. Te collapse in the first inning showed that Bangladesh is going to be quite vulnerable to movement off the pitch.
We expect Wellington to offer more to the bowlers and the Bangladeshi batsmen could have a much rougher ride ahead of them in the second test.
Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Abu Jayed, Taijul Islam, Ebadat Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
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The second test between New Zealand and Bangladesh is going to be played at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. There is some rain forecast for the second day of play and the clouds are expected to hover around for most of the test match.
Conditions in New Zealand can be very tricky for batting when the clouds are around and so we could have a test match that moves very quickly. The pitch should have some healthy cover of grass on it, although, that can be often a bit misleading in New Zealand.
History has shown that the second inning is the best time to bat and that inning totals go down rapidly in the third and fourth innings.
It would be close to a miracle to see Bangladesh win a test match against this New Zealand side. Even a draw would a huge achievement. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, we don’t think this is going to happen. The home side is just too superior to Bangladesh in every aspect of the game while playing in New Zealand.
Back New Zealand to win.
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