Our prediction is New Zealand will win the match!
New Zealand team came back strongly after their 4-1 ODI series defeat against India to win the T20I series 2-1. Now, they would look to beat Bangladeshi team to further strength their 2019 World cup plan. Kiwi batsmen did not have a good ODI sries and they struggled to maintain the momentum in most of the matches.
Captain Williamson and Ross Taylor scored some vital runs but were not to their usual best. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham must score more runs and take responsibility with the bat. Trent Boult had an excellent ODI series and he was well supported by Colin de GrandHomme and Matt Henry. Allrounder Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle are the spin options available in Squad.
Bangladesh team has evolved to a greater extent in the last 4-5 years and they are no more considered minnows. But they are yet to win an ODI match against New Zealand in New Zealand. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will look complete their line up before the World cup begins.
Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim will look horn their form before the world cup begins. Mustafizur Rahman , Rubel Hossain and Mohammed Saifudeen form the pace attack. Mehdi hasan and Taijul Islam will take over spin bowling duties. Their players would raring to go in the international stage after playing in Bangladesh premier league.
Henry Nicholls – Nicholls has been promoted to open the innings and after an average series against India, he will looking to score big this series.
Trent Boult – Boult was exceptional in the India Series capturing 12 wickets and is the highest wicket taker among both the sides.
Stats from the series: ( from India ODI series)
Ross Taylor – 177 runs , Average 44.25, strike rate 127 (HS – 93, 50s-1)
Trent Boult - 12 wickets at an economy of 3.9 RPO (BB- 5/21)
Kane Williamson(c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor.
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, KS Williamson, Lockie Ferguson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill
Tamim Iqbal – Tamim played his best T20 knock in the finals hitting a blistering 141 runs in 60 balls. He will be a player to lookout for in this series.
Mustrafizur Rahman – Mustafizur is one of the vital member of the Bangladeshi bowling. His form plays a major role in Bangladesh`s chances this series.
Stats from the series:( from BPL 2019)
Tamim Iqbal – 467 runs , Average 38.91, strike rate 134 (HS – 141*, 100s-1, 50s-2)
Mashrafe Mortaza - 22 wickets at an economy of 7 RPO (BB- 4/11)
Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shafiul Islam .
Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal
McLean Park pitch is known to aid the bowlers at the start of the innings. Run scoring becomes easier as the match progresses. Average score in this pitch would be 270 -280 runs.
Teams batting second have more success in McLean Park than the team chasing the score. Batting becomes a bit more difficult under lights. And the setting sun sometimes strikes in the batsmen eye line here.
New Zealand despite their recent loss is a formidable team in their home conditions and it is very tough to beat them here. Bangladesh has an awful record at New Zealand. So we expect to New Zealand to win the match!
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