Man of the Match: Ross Taylor
New Zealand to Win the Match
Our Prediction is New Zealand to win the Match!
Hosts New Zealand will be keen to continue their winning momentum when they face Bangladesh in the second game of the Test series in Wellington on Friday.
Kane Williamson and co. produced a comprehensive win over Bangladesh in the opening game of the series played in Hamilton. With this result, New Zealand have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series. The home side will certainly to clinch the Test series in Wellington.
On the other hand, Bangladesh will need to improve their game with bat and ball in order to put up a strong fight against New Zealand in this game.
Skipper Mahmudullah will be hoping that their bowlers can produce a disciplined effort with the ball in this game. The history is certainly against Bangladesh as they have yet to win a Test match in New Zealand.
The home side will be looking to maintain their unbeaten streak in this game as well. Skipper Kane Williamson will be hoping that side can deliver another good performance to seal the Test series in Wellington.
Opener Jeet Raval notched up his maiden century in Test cricket against Bangladesh. He scored 132 off 220 balls with the help of nineteen fours and a six. He put on a mammoth 254 run-partnership with Tom Latham to see New Zealand amass 715 runs in their only innings in the first Test.
Latham has shown good form as well and notched up yet another century to see New Zealand take control of the game. He scored 161 off 248 balls with the help of seventeen fours and three sixes. Latham will be keen to continue his good form in the remaining two games of the Test series.
Skipper Kane Williamson also produced a splendid unbeaten double century in the opening game played in Hamilton. He is certainly New Zealand premier batsman in the five-day format. Williamson will be keen to continue his rich vein of form in this game as well. Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme also scored runs for the side in the previous game.
In the bowling department, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult did most of damage with the ball for New Zealand in the opening game of the series. The duo shared 13 wickets between them to help New Zealand cruise to a comfortable victory over Bangladesh. Pace bowler Tim Southee also produced probing spells with the new-ball and finished with six wickets to his name.
Kane Williamson (c), BJ Watling (wk), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Todd Astle.
Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Jeet Raval, N Wagner, Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme, KS Williamson, Trent Boult, BJ Watling, TG Southee
The visitors do have plenty of concerns in terms of selection for this game. Mushfiqur Rahim might miss this game as he has not yet fully recovered from injury. Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman might come in place of either Khaled Ahmed or Ebadat Hossain. There were positives for Bangladesh despite getting hammered by New Zealand in the opening game played in Hamilton. Opener Tamim Iqbal showed good form with the bat at the top of the innings.
He produced a splendid century in the first innings and followed it up with a half-century in the second innings. Bangladesh will be hoping that Iqbal can continue his good form in the remaining two games of the Test series.
Soumya Sarkar produced a magnificent century in the second innings of the first Test played in Hamilton. He scored 149 off 171 balls with the help of twenty-one fours and five sixes. Soumya added 235 runs with Skipper Mahmudullah to see Bangladesh score 429 runs in their second innings.
Skipper Mahmudullah also smashed a crucial century in the second innings. He scored 146 runs off 229 balls with the help of twenty-one fours and three sixes. Mominul Haque, Shadman Islam and Mohammad Mithun will need to contribute with crucial runs for the side in this game.
In the bowling department, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraaz will be premier options with the ball. Ebadat Hossain and Khaled Ahmed will fight it out for a place in the playing XI.
Mahmudullah (captain), Liton Das (wicket-keeper), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mehidy Hasan, Khaled Ahmed/Ebadat Hossain, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman.
Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Ebadat Hossain, Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Shadman Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Tamim Iqbal
The side will offer some movement for quick bowlers in the initial stages of the game. The batsmen will need to guard against complacency as there might be something in the pitch for the bowlers. The weather forecast for the game on Friday is going to see early rains in the day. Overcast conditions are going to remain throughout the day.
Basin Reserve Stadium has hosted a lot of Test matches in the past. The last game played at the venue between New Zealand and Sri Lanka ended in a draw. Bangladesh have lost three Test matches at this venue.
Kane Williamson and co. will be favorites to win this contest. The home side has been in red-hot form and will be looking to maintain their unbeaten streak in this game. On the other hand, Bangladesh will need to deliver something special to get something out of this game.
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