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New Zealand vs. Bangladesh 2021 : THE OPENING GAME || 1st T20I

New Zealand vs. Bangladesh 2021

1st T20I – Sun, 28th March

New Zealand Dictating:

The Blackcaps were raging in the 50-over format as Devon Conway excelled with the bat in his first outing in ODI cricket. With fast bowlers Trent Boult and Matt Henry also striking with their speed and swing.

New Zealand enters the series with impetus and form on its side. Nevertheless, a few new players have been included in the hosts’ roster. Among the newbies is the highly ranked Finn Allen, who later earned an IPL contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. With a decent mix of youth and experience in the team, New Zealand is the crushing favourites ahead of the first T20I game. 

Possible playing XI: Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Daryl Mitchell, Todd Astle, Glenn Phillips (WK), Mark Chapman, Tim Southee (C), Lockie Ferguson, Devon Conway, Adam Milne, and Ish Sodhi.

Bangladesh Thriving:

Although Bangladesh will begin their ICC T20 World Cup formulations with this game, they will be without Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. But the tourists have got a brilliant squad skilled at beating any team in the smallest format. 

Though they are the underdogs moving into Sunday’s game, Bangladesh will want to surmount their loss in the ODI series with enhanced Seddon Park performance. With the likes of Najmul Hossain Shanto and Soumya Sarkar eager to stamp their mandate, we should be in for a cracking inaugural clash between Bangladesh and New Zealand in the T20Is.

Possible playing XI: Liton Das, Naim Sheikh, Mahmudullah Riyad (C), Mehidy Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mohammad Saifuddin/Taskin Ahmed, Mahedi Hassan, Soumya Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Rubel Hossain, and Mustafizur Rahman.   

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The first T20I game between Bangladesh and New Zealand will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on 28th March Sunday.

A challenging wicket summons at Seddon Park with sufficient help on offer for the bowlers. Apart from movement off the wicket, the bowlers must get an extra bounce and keep the batters on their toes. The batsmen would have to spend their time in the middle before attacking. Wickets in hand will be crucial, with 165-175 being par at this ground. The wicket shouldn’t change much during the match, which may entice skippers to favour chasing upon winning the toss.

Tops Value:

Although New Zealand is the outright favourites to begin this T20 series with a win, the last two ODI games signify what the visitors are adept at. New Zealand begins this series at the odds of 1.14 and Bangladesh at 4.90.

It is highly likely to be a one-sided affair as foreseen, but T20 has seen magical wonders. With the unlikely situation, it is wiser to wait for the toss before placing bets. The team chasing could have an advantage.