Bangladesh take on New Zealand in the first of the five-match T20I series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. With the T20 World Cup in the UAE drawing closer, this will be an ideal preparation for both teams in conditions that are quite similar to that in the UAE. Bangladesh recently defeated Australia 4-1 in a bilateral T20I series.
Bangladesh on their home conditions will be ahead in the contest. Their recent series win against the Australian side will give them the conditions to be this inexperienced Kiwi side as well. Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahaman remain the two big options with the ball for The Tigers with Mahmudullah leading the batting line-up.
He's led @CanterburyCrick & @DurhamCricket across formats and the BLACKCAPS in Test & ODI cricket but tonight's opening T20I against @BCBtigers will be @Tomlatham2's first time in charge of a BLACKCAPS T20 side. Hear from the skipper ahead of the first game! #BANvNZ pic.twitter.com/3NutUFnUuL
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 1, 2021
The Kiwis will be led by Tom Latham in the absence of regular players like Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips. Colin De Grandhomme will be their all-rounder in the middle order with Ajaz Khan leading the spin attack.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand Match Details
Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 1st T20I
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date & Time: September 1st, 3:30 PM IST and 3:00 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: Fancode
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) August 31, 2021
Conditions in Bangladesh will be spin-friendly. The pitches will wear out by the second innings and the ball will start to turn and grip more than the first innings. The Kiwi batters will have to play the balls on length and with decisive footwork.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand- Predicted Playing XI
Bangladesh– Mohammad Naim Sheikh/Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Musfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed
New Zealand– Tom Latham (c & wk), Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Cole McConchie, Rachin Ravindra, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ajaz Patel, Doug Bracewell/Hamish Bennett, Matt Henry
Bangladesh vs New Zealand Fantasy Team
Fantasy Suggestion Team 1 – Musfiqur Rahim, Tom Latham, Mahmudullah, Colin de Grandhomme (vc), Henry Nicholls, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Scott Kuggeleijn, Matt Henry, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
Fantasy Suggestion Team 2- Tom Latham, Mahmudullah (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Liton Das, Will Young, Mahedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Hamish Bennett, Mustafizur Rahman (vc), Ajaz Patel, Nasum Ahmed
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