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|Colin de Grandhomme||76||53||4||5||143.40|
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Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand 2019 is going much the way their previous tours to the country have gone, which is not a good thing. Bangladesh has never won an international match against New Zealand in New Zealand and has a tough task ahead of it breaking that streak in the test matches.
New Zealand, on the other hand, has been professional as always. The side has played a very high level of cricket and gone from strength to strength. New Zealand was beaten soundly by India in the ODI series at home just a few weeks ago and this tour against Bangladesh will provide it a lift.
We have no doubt in our minds that anything less than a 2-0 result in favor of New Zealand can be considered a failure for the home side and a success for the visitors.
The first test between New Zealand and Bangladesh is going to be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton. New Zealand has a fairly settled squad heading into the test matches and we don’t expect too many changes unless there is an injury concern.
The batting order looks likely to comprise Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, and BJ Watling as the keeper. Will Young is in the squad again but he is unlikely to get a chance in the first test.
This is a very strong batting lineup that has been in excellent form of late. Perhaps the only batsman that would be feeling the pressure just a little would be Jeet Raval. He has not been converting his starts into big scores consistently and would know that there are other suitors for his job.
New Zealand cricket has an astonishing amount of depth in its cricket at the moment and we would not be surprised if Raval is feeling the heat. Any one of this batting lineup could come in and score a big hundred, such is the beauty of the lineup.
The New Zealand pitches tend to be very flat and could allow for some huge scores. We advise picking every single batsman from Latham to Watling to score fifty plus because there is a very high likelihood of the majority doing so.
Colin de Grandhomme made quite an impression in the series against Sri Lanka and he should slot in at 7. He is going to be followed by the four bowlers. New Zealand has opted to bring back Todd Astle in place of Ajaz Patel as the lead spinner, a decision which is quite understandable looking at the conditions.
Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Neil Wagner should be the fast bowlers for the first test. If New Zealand wins the first test then someone like Boult may be rested ahead of the next one keeping the ICC World Cup 2019 in mind.
TWM Latham, Jeet Raval, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, TD Astle, N Wagner, TG Southee, TA Boult.
Bangladesh comes to these shores with very little expectations. They have never won any international match against New Zealand in New Zealand and it would take a brave man to bet on them doing so in the test matches to follow.
There have been some strange things happening in world cricket at the moment, though, and Bangladesh should take heart from the performance of the Sri Lankans against South Africa. Bangladesh put in a commanding performance in home conditions against the West Indies in their previous test series and will be hoping to build from that.
A few of their batsmen also got runs in the t20 day practice match that precedes the first test match against New Zealand.
Bangladesh played a strange combination against the West Indies. There were 8 batsmen in the side and only three genuine bowlers. That could work because Shakib Al Hasan is such a potent threat in Bangladeshi conditions but that most certainly won’t be as effective in New Zealand.
Tamim Iqbal is also returning to the side and so the opening combination will change once again.
We are certain that Tamim will end up opening the inning with Shadman Islam, who scored 76 in his last test outing and got some useful runs in the warm-up fixture as well. Shakib Al Hasan had fractured his finger and missed the ODI series. He did not play in the warm-up game and is not going to be available for these two test matches.
Soumya Sarkar, the opener who is going to make way for Tamim Iqbal, could slide down to number three or be left out altogether depending upon the route that Bangladesh decides to take.
Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahman, Mahmudullah, and Liton Das should be in the side for the first test.
The batting is not going to be too big a concern for Bangladesh. It is not the strongest or the most consistent batting lineup but it is fairly settled and has the potential to score runs. The Bangladesh bowling is going to be another issue altogether.
We think Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Ebadat Hossain, and Mustafizur Rahman are likely to make the playing eleven. Ebadat Hossain was one of the highest wicket-taker in the last season of first-class cricket played in Bangladesh while Rubel Hossain brings some pace to the table.
Mustafizur Rahman has not had the best test record in his career but he is too big a talent to ignore.
Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Khaled Ahmed, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain.
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The first test between New Zealand and Bangladesh is going to be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton. The weather forecast is excellent and sunny days are predicted on all the days of the first test. This could mean for some excellent batting conditions.
The pitch is likely to have some grass on it and should help the bowlers for the first couple of sessions. We have seen in the past that the pitch can become very flat afterward and actually improve as the match goes on.
Bangladesh is not a good test side and has never been one in its history of cricket. They have become very competitive in home conditions but still do not appear to have the ability to pull off an upset against New Zealand.
We think backing the home team is an easy pick here although punters may want to hedge their best with a small bet on the draw as well. Picking wickets can be quite difficult as the test progresses in New Zealand.
Back New Zealand to win.
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