The hosts New Zealand and the visitors Bangladesh will meet this Tuesday (30th March) during the second game of this three-match T20I series at McLean Park (Napier).
Currently, New Zealand are leading this T20I series by a 1-0 margin as they won the first T20I by 66 runs. While the hosts scored 210/3 in the first innings, the visitors replied with 144/8.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2021, 2nd T20I: Match Preview
The hosts New Zealand have continued their domination during the T20I series opener and they are another victory away to win this series.
In-form Devon Conway once away played the crucial role for the hosts as his 92 not out guided the hosts to the big T20I total. Also, T20I debutant Will Young scored a 30-ball 53 runs. At the end of the first innings during that first T20I, Glenn Phillips scored 24 not out off just 10 balls.
Later, the leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took four wickets (4/28) while Lockie Ferguson bagged two wickets (2/25).
Tim Southee (C), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Will Young
The visitors Bangladesh are continuously struggling in this tour and they haven’t any big clue to claim their first-ever international victory against the hosts New Zealand.
While Shakib Al Hasan (completely missing this tour due to parental leave) and Tamim Iqbal are already missing this series, Bangladesh missed out on another senior cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim in the first T20I due to his left shoulder and finger injuries.
Debutant spinner Nasum Ahmed provided a strong start after he bowled debutant Finn Allen for a golden duck in the first over of the T20I series opener. Later, he also dismissed another opener Martin Guptill (35) just after the powerplay as Nasum had bowling figures of 4-0-30-2. But he didn’t get enough support from the other Bangladesh bowlers as only Mahedi Hasan managed to pick up a wicket in that game (1/37).
Chasing down the 211 runs target, Bangladesh batsmen hugely struggled as only the opener Mohammad Naim (27) and captain Mahmudullah (11) managed to score double-digit runs among the first five batsmen. Later, Afif Hossain (45) and Mohammad Saifuddin (34*) batting helped the Bangladesh team to manage at least the respectable total.
Mahmudullah (C), Mosaddek Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2021, 2nd T20I: Match Prediction
The hosts New Zealand are favourite for the second game of this T20I series as the visitors are continuously struggling, especially after missing many of their most experienced players.