New Zealand is preparing to host Bangladesh for a two-match Test series, with the first match possibly taking place at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 1, 2022. (Saturday). Both of these teams are entering this sport after failing to perform well in their final Test assignments.
After winning the inaugural World Test Championship, New Zealand lost a two-match Test series in India by a score of 0-1; however, the Kiwis also drew the first Test match in Kanpur.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, is very low on confidence after losing two Test matches convincingly at home to Pakistan recently, and their senior all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has also withdrawn from this Kiwi tour. However, it will now be critical for both of these teams to be at their best in this first Test match.
Match Details to Note
Match: New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Bangladesh Tour of New Zealand 2022
Date:January 01, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 3:30 AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Team Previews
For the first game of the series against Bangladesh, the home team is expected to field an all-out pace attack.
New Zealand has a formidable home Test series record, having won 13 of their last 17 Test matches without defeat, with their last defeat coming in March 2017 at the hands of South Africa.
Captain Kane Williamson will miss this tour due to injury, with opening batsman Tom Latham taking over as skipper, and spin-bowler Ajaz Patel has been left out of the squad despite his incredible ten-wicket haul against India in Mumbai earlier this month.
Batsman Devon Conway has recently returned to domestic cricket after suffering a broken hand during the T20 World Cup, and after being named to the Black Caps squad, he will be hoping to earn a spot in the starting line-up.
New Zealand Squad
Tom Latham (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young
Predicted XI: Tom Latham (captain), Will Young, Ross Taylor, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell/Rachin Ravindra, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson
The visitors will almost certainly field their strongest XI for this Test match. It will be interesting to see if Shakib Al Hasan will be able to play in this game.
Bangladesh’s most recent Test match action took place in their own country, where they were defeated 0-2 by Pakistan, the most recent of which came by an innings and eight runs.
The Tigers last played Test cricket in New Zealand in 2019, where they suffered consecutive innings defeats, and they will need to improve significantly on what they showed against Pakistan under Mominul Haque’s captaincy to avoid a similar fate here.
Experienced all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has opted out of the tour, which is a huge blow for Bangladesh from both a batting and bowling standpoint. However, the tourists’ spin-bowling will be less affected by Shakib’s absence due to Taijul Islam’s excellent recent form, who picked up ten of Bangladesh’s 16 wickets against Pakistan across their two Test-matches.
Mominul Haque (c), Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Kumer Das (wk), Nurul Hasan Sohan, Yasir Ali Rabbi, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shohidul Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Md Naim Sheikhs
Predicted XI: Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque (Captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Fazle Mahmud, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Toss Prediction
Both teams will be hoping to win the toss and bowl first on a potentially useful pitch. At The Bay Oval, the average first-inning score is around 390 runs.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The first Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. New Zealand will be encouraged by the fact that they have won both games against Bangladesh.
The weather forecast for the game is sunny with no chance of rain. The game-day wicket may have something for the bowlers with the new-ball.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Match Prediction
Based on their current form, New Zealand will be overwhelming favourites to win their first game against Bangladesh. With Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, and Trent Boult among their ranks, New Zealand’s bowling unit has the firepower to demolish Bangladesh’s weak batting lineup.
New Zealand is the favourite to beat Bangladesh at the odds of 1.03.
- In a home Test series, Bangladesh was humiliated 2-0 by Pakistan.
- This season, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, and Tim Southee have been standout performers for New Zealand in Test cricket.
- This season, Liton Das and Taijul Islam have been consistent performers for Bangladesh in red-ball cricket.
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