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New Zealand and Bangladesh have faced each other on 16 occasions, with New Zealand dominating the scoreline. The Black Caps have claimed 13 matches whereas Bangladesh have won only three.
New Zealand are heavy favorites to win this match on Wednesday.(-250)
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee/Trent Boult, Blair Tickner
Bangladesh: Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (wk), Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam
New Zealand and Bangladesh will take on each other in match no. 5 of the tri-series at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Wednesday, October 12th. Bangladesh have lost both their games so far while the hosts are coming off back-to-back victories.
New Zealand hammered Pakistan by nine wickets in the recent fixture on Tuesday. Michael Bracewell bagged 2 for 11 in his four overs while Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee also claimed two scalps each. They kept Pakistan down to just 130/7 in 20 overs.
Finn Allen then smashed Pakistan bowlers all over the park, hitting six maximums and one four. Allen made an excellent 62 off 42 and put on a 117-run opening stand with Devon Conway. Conway remained unbeaten on 49 off 46 as they crossed the line with 23 balls remaining.
Bangladesh fell 21 runs short of the target in their opening fixture against Pakistan and then lost by eight wickets at the hands of New Zealand. Bangladesh batters could not get going against some tight bowling from the Kiwis, except for Nurul Hasan who smashed 25* off 12 to push the total to 137/8.
Hasan Mahmud bowled well, picking 1 for 26 off his four overs but the rest of the bowling attack could not build any pressure as the hosts chased down the target with 13 balls to spare.
New Zealand opted for a spin-heavy approach in the previous game with the pitches at Hagley Oval wearing out. Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell, and Ish Sodhi did their job well. Trent Boult was rested keeping in mind the upcoming T20 World Cup. For this fixture, the hosts could rest Tim Southee. Finn Allen fired in the last game and should continue to partner with Devon Conway. The middle order comprises Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, and Jimmy Neesham.
Bangladesh went with Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mehidy Hasan Miraz at the top in the previous game. Shakib Al Hasan returned to the side but he batted down the order at number seven. If they want to get the best out of him, Shakib needs to bat in the top four. Nurul Hasan has been good at the back end while the likes of Liton Das and Afif Hossain have to do better. In the bowling department, Mustafizur Rahman has been below par for a while and he was left out in the last game. They have Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, and Hasan Mahmud as pace options.
Devon Conway: The left-hand batter scored an unbeaten 70 off 51 versus Bangladesh and followed it up with 49* off 46 against Pakistan in the last game. Conway’s strike rate hasn’t always been great but he is amongst the best in wicket preservation. He has amassed 4278 runs in the format at an average of 44 and strike rate of 129, including two hundreds and 32 fifties. For New Zealand, Conway has scored 863 runs at 52 average and 135 strike rate.
Mitchell Santner: The left-arm spin all-rounder is a valuable asset for the Black Caps in limited-overs cricket. He’s one of the best finger spinners in the world and has a pretty good record in the shorter format. Santner has taken 137 wickets in his overall T20 career at an economy of 7.04. At an international level, he has played 73 matches and has claimed 80 wickets at 7.15 rpo. He is coming off a 2-for-27 spell versus Pakistan. Santner also has 1433 runs in the format at a 23 average and 132 strike rate.
|Teams||New Zealand vs Bangladesh|
|Location||Hagley Oval, Christchurch|
|Time||Wednesday, 12th October, 7:30 AM IST/2 AM GMT|
|How to watch||Amazon Prime Video (India), SportsMax (Caribbean), Fox Sports & Channel 7 (Australia), Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand), SuperSport (South Africa), Willow TV (USA), Sky Sports Cricket (United Kingdom)|
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