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Match Preview – New Zealand vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh in NZ 2020/21, 3rd T20I | Instant News


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New Zealand will end the summer at home to all of their victories which have spanned seven draws. They have hosted 21 international matches, the most by any country since the Covid-19 pandemic. It was considered an administrative success, especially given their country’s strict quarantine protocol. The only possible damper is the rain forecast in Auckland for the end of the season, T20I’s third against Bangladesh.

A major strength for New Zealand are the new arrivals who make an outstanding contribution even after they have come under pressure. In Second T20I at Napier, past Glenn Phillips that half a century of invincibility got them out of trouble and into a total which proved too much for Bangladesh confusion over DLS-defined targets. Daryl Mitchell assisted Phillips in standing the sixth goal of an unbroken run of only 27 balls.

In the first game, it was Devon Conway and debutant Will Young who put them in such a strong position. New Zealand will also be pleased with how Ish Sodhi continued his good form throughout the summer despite only playing T20I. In particular during the ongoing T20I series, the captain of Team Southee also stood out.

Coming into the third and final T20I on Thursday, they will have no objection to Martin Guptill getting a big score as he has been in threatening form since the ODI draw against Bangladesh with his quick start. Finn Allen, too, will be eyeing a sizable score having only made 17 of the two innings so far in the series. There will be a chance to see which of Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson and Hamish Bennett could pair up in Auckland.

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Match Preview – New Zealand vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh in NZ 2020/21, 2nd T20I | Instant News


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Victory remains tough for Bangladesh while New Zealand is eyeing to claim an unprecedented ninth straight home series. Looking at their form and confidence in Hamilton’s first three ODI and T20Is, Napier seems to be repeating: Bangladesh is being left behind by New Zealand’s high-octane cricket.

The accusations were led by Devon Conway, who made his international debut at the start of the 2020-21 season, and now has a score of 72, 126 and 92 in his last three innings. His chapters include some beautiful shots, as well as the period when he let Will Young, on his debut, leave after bowling. Glenn Phillips provided progress as they combined to blow up 101 runs in the last seven overs at Hamilton. Then Ish Sodhi whose four goals in eleven balls drowned Bangladesh completely.

Only Mohammad Naim with 18 balls 27 above and Afif HossainThe 45-year-old, after they lost six goals, looked comfortable against New Zealand’s fast-paced attack. Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar continued their slump while Mohammad Mithun and Mahmudullah were unable to bring their ODI forms to the first T20I.

Bangladeshi bowling looks experimental, with Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain rested despite both bowling at good pace and showing discipline in Wellington’s third ODI. Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin couldn’t hold New Zealand’s score at bay, while newcomer Shoriful Islam, despite all his promises, made a nervous start.

While strange things are happening in cricket, it doesn’t seem like Bangladesh is doing it to turn things around on this tour. They appear lethargic under pressure at all times, especially reflected through their lackluster agility.

New Zealand are formidable opponents especially at home and even though they are without half of their best T20 players they are unlikely to stop against this visitors.

Form wizard

(last five games completed)

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Bangladesh LWWLL

In the spotlight

Ish Sodhi has taken 20 goals at 13.75 in the T20Is during the 2020-21 season. He needed just 11 balls to tie the Bangladesh batsmen in Hamilton, taking four goals. Sodhi will be a threatening factor in the rest of the game.

Mohammad Naim glistened briefly at Hamilton, hitting 27 of 18 balls with five fours. Plans against Lockie Ferguson brought in goal, but he looked comfortable driving New Zealand’s fast.

Team news

With a draw to be confirmed at Napier, New Zealand may remain unchanged in the second T20I. However, bringing in Adam Milne could be a temptation against struggling opposition.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Finn Allen, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Devon Conway (wk), 4 Will Young, 5 Glenn Phillips, 6 Mark Chapman, 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Tim Southee (captain), 9 Ish Sodhi, 10, Lockie Ferguson, 11 Hamish Bennett

Bangladesh will sweat because of Mushfiqur Rahim’s fitness, while Najmul Hossain Shanto can replace Soumya Sarkar at No. 3. Either Taskin Ahmed or Rubel Hossain can also hope to play.

Bangladesh (possibly) 1 Liton Das (wk), 2 Mohammad Naim, 3 Soumya Sarkar / Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mohammad Mithun, 5 Mahmudullah (captain), 6 Afif Hossain, 7 Mahedi Hasan, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Shoriful Islam / Taskin Ahmed , 10 Nasum Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Pitch and conditions

The Batsmen will enjoy the prospect of hitting on the same moving pitch at McLean Park which will also have a shorter limit. However the weather is a little fragile with rain forecast in the afternoon.

Statistics and trivia

  • Shoriful Islam’s 4-0-50-0 score in Hamilton was the worst bowling score by a Bangladeshi bowler on the T20I debut.
  • Finn Allen became the third New Zealander to come out to get a gold duck on their T20I debut.

Quotation mark

“The young Bangladeshi hitter played some very aggressive and expansive shots. Fields like Napier and the Garden of Eden will be challenging to throw these guys. We have to be really patient and keep working hard.”
Legspinner New Zealand Ish Sodhi stay alert to the opposition despite the 4-28 numbers in Hamilton’s first T20I.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladeshi correspondent. @ isam84

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Match Preview – New Zealand vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh at NZ 2020/21, 1st T20I | Instant News


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Bangladesh will hope a change of format will bring about a change in their fortunes in New Zealand after they were swept 3-0 at ODI. The T20I’s three-game tie kicks off in Hamilton on Sunday afternoon, with the home side likely to put on a very new look.

New Zealand will be without their regular captains Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Tim Seifert, who have all been rested to prepare for the grueling IPL schedule. But they will have experienced Southee Team, who took the lead in Williamson’s absence, as well as Martin Guptill and Ish Sodhi.

Bangladesh is also in a similar situation now because they are without Tamim Iqbal, who is unavailable for personal reasons. Already without Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh squad only has Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah as experienced players. They will hope for that Mohammad Mithun can continue the good performance of the ODI series, while Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar can recover from the lean patch. Bangladesh has the likes of Mohammad Naim, Mosaddek Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Afif Hossain among the young hitters who don’t play ODI.

Their bowling plays were also sharp, especially pacer Taskin Ahmed and descendants of Mahedi Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. But Mustafizur Rahman is not what he used to be during ODI, while Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin and Hasan Mahmud only played one match each.

Bangladesh, however, will be very worried about their deployment. They dropped five catches in the second and third ODI, while looking sluggish at the back end of both matches.

New Zealand is a much better agile side in comparison, and with the injection of newcomers, standards could be raised a little higher. Find Allen is most attractive of all young people after a prolific Super Smash tournament at the start of the season. Fireworks are also expected from Guptill, Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman, who will appear in the top five.

Southee will have Hamish Bennett, Lockie Ferguson and Adam Milne in his attack pace. Legspinners Sodhi and Todd Astle will also be goalkeeping options for the home side.

Form wizard

(Last five matches completed)

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Bangladesh WWLLL

In the spotlight

Daryl Mitchell has provided a glimpse into its capabilities with an astonishing century in third ODI against Bangladesh. He can be called a 360 degree batsman and bowler who can be relied upon in critical situations.

Taskin Ahmed has been Bangladesh’s most impressive bowler on the tour. He is fitter and tougher, especially mentally, but will need a goal to groom his return to the national team.

Team news

Adam Milne and Todd Astle looks like it will start the series for New Zealand. Daryl Mitchell could continue his ODI role on the T20I side as well, especially after his inaugural ODI hundred in the previous round.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Devon Conway (week), 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Finn Allen, 4 Glenn Phillips, 5 Mark Chapman, 6 Will Young, 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Todd Astle, 9 Tim Southee (captain), 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Adam Milne

For Bangladesh, speed runner Hasan Mahmud will return home after not being fit in time for the T20Is. He didn’t train or play because of a stiff back after the first ODI in Dunedin. So, they can insert an XI similar to the last two ODIs, in addition Mohammad Naim – who can replace Tamim Iqbal – and Mohammad Saifuddin to be the only possibility of change.

Bangladesh (possibly): 1 Liton Das, 2 Mohammad Naim, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah (captain), 6 Mohammad Mithun, 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Pitch and conditions

Seddon Park typically throws flat batting, with the first side batting averaging 183 on the T20I international. But over the course of Super Smash 2020-21, that figure drops to around 140. Nonetheless, most of the dry conditions on Sundays mean it’s expected to be big business in Hamilton.

Statistics and trivia

  • New Zealand’s lowest Bangladesh total of any format was an all-out 78 in Seddon Park in 2010.
  • New Zealand arrivals Find Allen hit 25 six in this season’s Super Smash.

Quotation mark

“We’ve played a lot of T20 cricket this summer, so people know how to cut and change pretty fast lately. It should be fun.”
All of New Zealand Daryl Mitchell about the rapid turnaround between ODI and T20I against Bangladesh

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladeshi correspondent. @ isam84

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Match Preview – New Zealand vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh in NZ 2020/21, 3rd ODI | Instant News


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As dawn breaks on Bangladesh’s 50th Independence Day, there is hope that the cricket team in New Zealand will put on a performance befitting the grand event. Many fans at home will be hoping that when they wake up on Friday, Bangladesh will come face to face with New Zealand in Wellington.

After finishing New Zealand’s midfield led them to a draw win at Second ODI in Christchurch, this game has got dead rubber status. But in the era of the ODI Super League, every game counts and Bangladesh will expect to get ten points off New Zealand at all costs. The home side, however, will be encouraged by the return Ross Taylor, who passed the fitness test after missing the first two games.

Taylor will be a welcome addition to the center. In Christchurch, New Zealand was reduced to 53 for the previous 3 Tom Latham and Devon Conway relive their languid pursuit. The third goal pair added 113 runs, before Latham went it alone to finish the chase with his fifth ODI – his third unbeaten attempt in a successful chase.

Latham later also recognized Jimmy Neesham and Daryl Mitchell for their assistance during the chase, as he added 76 for his fifth goal with Neesham and the last 33 running with newcomer Mitchell. Latham was also lucky, being brought down in the 58th minute, a few minutes after Neesham was also brought down in the 3rd minute.

Bangladesh will continue to regret this missed opportunity, which made up for a much better batting performance earlier in the game. Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mithun made half a century at different points in the half to help the team reach 271. Iqbal was patient in 78 of 108 balls, as he saw New Zealand’s early burst of speed with Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim struggling. But after Iqbal came out with fine footwork from Neesham, Mithun let go of six fours and two six in his unbeaten 73.

Bangladeshi bowlers, however, couldn’t translate their first big score into a win. They may be a little too impatient for the final part of the New Zealand pursuit, especially after Rahim dropped Neesham’s regulatory limits. But for a long time in the match, the descendants of Mahedi Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz kept asking questions, which forced Latham and Conway to be more conservative.

Bangladesh will have to score yet another big score on a tough pitch against an incredible bowling strike, but Iqbal and other batsmen have shown they have the capability to do the job in New Zealand.

Form wizard

(Last five matches completed)

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Bangladesh LLWWW

In the spotlight

Martin Guptill looked threatening in the first two ODIs but scored just 58 runs so far. At Basin Reserve, he is expected to live up to the expectations of the series and repeat his century against Pakistan in the last ODI played at this venue three years ago.

Mohammad Mithun break away from the low scoring pattern with 73 of 57 scintillating balls in Christchurch. Mithun also played some daring shots, which was a stark contrast to his usually conservative approach in the middle. Maybe he could make this new avatar his own.

Team news

Ross Taylor’s availability means Will Young is unlikely to play. New Zealand also have Team Southee in their squad if they are to rest Trent Boult.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Henry Nicholls, 3 Devon Conway, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (captain & week), 6 James Neesham, 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Kyle Jamieson, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Trent Boult / Tim Southee

Bangladesh is unlikely to break the combination that propelled hosts in the second ODI Mustafizur RahmanThe hamstring remained a question mark until Friday’s throw.

Bangladesh (possibly): 1 Tamim Iqbal (captain), 2 Liton Das, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Pitch and conditions

The Basin Reserve issued the green-top in the Trials between New Zealand and the West Indies last December. It is unlikely to be so extreme on Friday, with the side hitting its first 280-plus average in ten years.

Statistics and trivia

  • The Basin Reserve has only hosted three ODI in the last ten years, and this is the first in more than three years.
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mahedi hasan made their first class debut for the Khulna Division in the same match in 2015. Mahedi is three years older than 23-year-old Miraz, who is however, a senior cricketer with 83 internationals compared to Mahedi’s six matches.

Quotation mark

“We have had some luck to appear in the last match, and I believe Bangladesh wants to finish the ODI series on a high note.”
New Zealand’s most experienced hitter Ross Taylor stay alert to Bangladesh’s capabilities

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @ isam84

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Match Preview – New Zealand vs Australia, Australia in New Zealand 2020/21, 5th T20I | Instant News


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New Zealand may have to call up their half-time bowler as they want to avenge their two crushing losses

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There will be more important T20 matches for both sides to play later in the year, but the deciding contest for this series is a great opportunity for them to hone their skills in tournament-style play. Australia has played must-win for the last two games, producing impressive wins, and it feels as if while they are gathering confidence it has ebbed away from New Zealand.

The New Zealand coach, Gary Stead, is pretty blunt after Friday’s defeat in saying he thought his team was taking a step back with the bat. There is limited scope for change with the 13 man squad they have for this series so it looks like the same top-tier will leave again, but there is pressure on Team Seifert in the series which is disappointing to him.

Spin is expected to play another big role and Australia has deeper options with the trio of Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell doing an incredible job yesterday. Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi are impressive too, but maybe Kane Wiliamson should use himself this time.

Immediately after the match, the Australian squad will head to Wellington airport and board their charter flight back to Sydney. Players from states with open borders to New Zealand (excluding Auckland) do not need to be quarantined but those from places where regulations are in place could potentially face isolation depending on whether they return straight away.

This is the last international cricket that the Australian men’s team has confirmed in the schedule for quite a while (with the exception of England who may not be back in the final Test against India) although there may be a mid-year whiteball tour of the Caribbean ahead of the final. preparations for the T20 World Cup. For New Zealand, their home season ends later this month with the ODI and T20I draws against Bangladesh.

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