New Zealand vs. Bangladesh 2021
2nd T20I – Tue, 30th March
New Zealand Controlling:
New Zealand maintained their white-ball supremacy this series over Bangladesh, seizing a 1-0 lead in the first game.
However, here’s the point. Given Bangladesh’s immaturity and recklessness, the flat pitch, and the batting’s strength at home, they could have got much more? Wouldn’t a legitimate powerhouse unit have gone for something massive?
It appears cruel, but when we are confronted with such a gap in ability between two teams, it can be sensible to raise questions about the one doing all the intimidation for future, quicker encounters. Devon Conway was at the center of their big win as he notched a well-collected fifty.
Possible playing XI: Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee (C), Will Young, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Devon Conway (WK), Hamish Bennett, and Ish Sodhi.
The trip has moved from bad to worse for the Bangla Tigers. Already outdone in the ODI series, there was optimism they may perhaps put up a better battle in the shortest format, but those went up in fumes when Mushfiqur Rahim was out of the first game due to injury.
Rahim’s loss meant that Bangladesh went into a game for the first time in 14 years devoid of three of their best men. Tamim Iqbal, the explosive opener, had sobbed off due to personal motives, and Shakib-al-Hasan has not been participating.
Not shockingly, they didn’t appear as if they understood what they were doing. Captain Mahmudullah must somehow avoid a young side from experiencing deep, long-lasting wounds.
Possible playing XI: Liton Das (WK), Naim Sheikh, Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hassan, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad (C), Nasum Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Soumya Sarkar, Shoriful Islam/Taskin Ahmed, and Mustafizur Rahman.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The second T20I game between Bangladesh and New Zealand will take place at the McLean Park in Napier on 30th March Tuesday.
The wicket at McLean Park is a modest one to bat on. Nevertheless, there should be somewhat in it for the bowlers, particularly with it being the second game of the day at the ground. Moreover, extra swing and bounce for the speedsters in the early innings, the spin bowlers should get the ball to cling and turn, making for a great competition between the bat and ball. Both sides will look to chase upon winning the toss, with 166-176 being par at this venue.
New Zealand begins at the pre-match odds of 1.12 and Bangladesh at the odds of 5.50. The instant response when seeing the odds as massive as the latter is to try to find a justification to take it. And we perhaps ought to be doing that.
However, this is Bangladesh we’re talking about. And a Bangladesh devoid of Shakib, Tamim, and Mushfiqur. There could well be space in their odds for a trade. And several will take it on the opportunity that Bangladesh can duplicate the trick of separating the Kiwi opening pair with not a run on the board. Or possibly, just maybe, notching 165 or more. But be mindful that Bangladesh can get much more extensive, very swiftly.