New Zealand will host Bangladesh for a two-match Test series, starting January 1 (Saturday) at the Bay Oval in Maunt Maunganui. The bilateral contests between these two sides have been completely mismatches with Bangladesh losing all their matches on away soil while New Zealand have not been a great visitor as well.
Tom Latham will be leading New Zealand in their first home Tests since winning the World Test Championship. A star-studded pace attack will be at his disposal and will like to unleash all against a weak Bangladesh batting after their series defeat in India.
The Bangla Tigers, on the other hand, have landed in New Zealand on the back of a dismal outing against Pakistan. With senior cricketers Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan not available, Bangladesh have a lot to look for in the upcoming series.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st Test
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Date & Time: January 1st-5th, at 3:30 AM IST
The pitch is expected to be slightly on the greener side but it is expected to ease out as the game progresses. Teams winning the toss will look to give a shot at the opponents with the new ball.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh – Predicted Playing XI
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c), Will Young, Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Daryl Mitchell/Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner
Bangladesh: Shadman Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (wk), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain
New Zealand vs Bangladesh – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Tom Latham, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ross Taylor (c), Devon Conway, Will Young, Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson (c), Ebadot Hossain
Fantasy Team 2: Tom Latham, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (vc), Devon Conway (c), Shadman Islam, Henry Nicholls, Mominul Haque, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson