Оur prediction is New Zealand will win the match!
New Zealand will look to whitewash Bangladesh in the Test series too after winning the ODI series 3-0. They had an impressive win in the last match in less than 3 days by an innings and 12 runs. Ross Taylor scored double century to lead the charge of the Kiwi batting line-up. He was ably supported by Nicholls century and Skipper Williamson`s 74 in the lone innings. The top five Kiwi batsmen have made a century in the two innings they have played so far. Kane Williamson and BJ Watling`s availability is subject to fitness and New Zealand won`t want to risk their players ahead of World cup.
Tom Latham will lead in the absence of Williamson. New Zealand Bowlers has bowled Bangladesh team in all the four innings and all the bowlers look in good form. Trent Boult and Neil Wagner have made the most damage so far capturing a heap of wickets. New Zealand is expected to go in with an all-pace attack in the second test.
Bangladesh has lost all the matches played in New Zealand so far. And they have been unable to win even a single international match in the New Zealand soil. Tamim Iqbal has been in excellent form scoring a century and couple of 74s. Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar made century in the first test but were able to avoid their team`s defeat. Their batsmen failed to score 300 in the first innings of both the matches.
Their bowling has been their biggest worry this tour. Their bowlers are struggling to use the swinging conditions available to them. New Zealand batsmen are piling the runs against the hopeless Bangladeshi bowling. Abu Jayed captured three wickets last match and was better than the other bowlers. Their spinners have been restricted to support act and are not able to restrict the run flow. All their frontline bowlers were leaking runs at 5 RPO last test match.
Tom Latham – Latham was dismissed cheaply last match but he scored a excellent 161 runs in the first test match. He also scored 176 runs last time New Zealand played at Christchurch.
Trent Boult – Boult`s ability to swing the new ball has made the Bangladeshi batsmen dance to his tunes. He already has a 5-fer, 4-fer and 3-fer in the four innings he bowled.
Stats from the series
Kane Williamson – 274 runs, Average -274, 200s -1, 50s-1, HS-200*
Neil Wagner – 16 wickets at an average of 14, 5WI-2, BB – 5/45)
Kane Williamson(C)/Will Young, Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, , Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling/ Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner.
Mahmudullah – Mahmadullah has fared better with the bat scoring a century and half-century with the bat so far. He has scored around 250 runs in the two tests.
Abu Jayed – Abu Jayed has been lone bowler who has had a little bit of success with the ball. He dismissed both the Kiwi openers cheaply in their last encounter.
Stats from the series
Tamim Iqbal – 278 runs, Average -69.5, 100s-1, 50s-2, HS -126
Abu Jayed – 4 wickets at an average of 65.7 RPO (BB- 3/94)
Mahmudullah(C), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun/Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das(Wk), Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain, Soumya Sarkar.
Hagley Oval is one of seaming pitches in the New Zealand. Batsmen will find it easier to play in the days 3 & 4. The pitch is known to assist the bowlers due to early moisture in the day one. The Average score by innings in this pitch are 286,263, 337 & 165 runs respectively from first to fourth. Last time New Zealand played here, all 20 wickets were taken by fast bowlers.
Batting becomes difficult during the fourth innings of the match. The highest average score has been in the third innings and lowest being fourth innings. Both Teams will look to bat first and utilize the best batting conditions available.
New Zealand team looks undefeatable and Bangladesh has no answers to Kiwi batting and bowling line-ups. Their record in New Zealand looks awful and their losing streak seems not to end now. We prefer New Zealand to win this match too.
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