New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI Preview: Bangladesh batsmen need to buck up against Kiwi pacers in challenging conditions
Senior batsmen in the Bangladeshi ranks, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, will have to take the onus and show the way to the youngsters.
Bangladesh fail to negotiate swing and seam
Before the series opener, Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal said that they were expecting the ball to swing in the first few overs and were prepared to negotiate the tricky period. As it turned out, Bangladesh never fully recovered after being 42/3 from the first 14 overs in the 1st ODI and their batsmen need to apply themselves a lot better for them to challenge New Zealand in the latter's home conditions.
Evidence suggests that over the last 3-4 years, teams have found it very hard to beat New Zealand in New Zealand, particularly when the ball swings a bit. The conditions in the first ODI at the University Oval in Dunedin were heavily skewed in favour of pace bowlers and the Kiwi quicks made the most of it.
That said, the Bangladesh batsmen certainly could have done much better than 131 all out within 41.5 overs. The way captain Tamim Iqbal kicked off the Bangladesh innings with a six over the point boundary, it gave signs of his assertiveness and the way he wanted his team to go about their business. However, that could never lead to any fruition as one wicket kept falling after another.
Boult & Co pose tough challenge
Trent Boult was the wrecker-in-chief and picked up 4 wickets from 8.5 overs while conceding 27 runs at an economy rate of just 3.10. Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner also picked up two wickets each, both bowling at economies of under 4 RPO, to never allow Bangladesh to get away.
Mushfiqur Rahim looked good during his short stay at the crease as he scored 23 off 49 deliveries. So did Liton Das, but failed to read a cross seam delivery and ended up lobbing it to mid-on. Mahmudullah then spent some time with 27 off 54 deliveries but could not go on to make it count.
Gulptill, Nicholls do it in style
As expected, the New Zealand batsmen came out with positive intent. Martin Guptill batted as if he was batting in a T20 and clubbed 38 off 19 deliveries at a strike rate of 200, smashing 3 fours and 4 sixes. By the time he was caught by Mushfiqur Rahim off Taskin Ahmed, New Zealand had already raced past 50 in the 6th over and all hopes of making something out of the paltry target of 132 evaporated.
Henry Nicholls batted sensibly, remaining unbeaten on 49 off 53 deliveries. Devon Conway also batted in the same mould on debut but got dismissed for 27 off 52 balls, just before reaching the finish line.
Another debutant Will Young then finished things off with two cracking boundaries as New Zealand registered a comprehensive victory by 8 wickets with more than half the overs to spare.
Taskin Ahmed, the two Hasan's and Mustafizur Rahman bowled well for Bangladesh. Youngster Hasan Mahmud was very expensive and conceded 49 runs from 4.2 overs, at an economy rate of 11.30. It will be interesting to see if Bangladesh bring in Rubel Hossain in place of the young pacer or give him another opportunity.
Bangladesh batsmen need to step up
Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal was understandably disappointed after the team's tame loss.
"There were too many soft dismissals. We take a lot of pride in our batting which didn't click. Hope we find out the mistakes and not repeat them next time. We had a few days of preparations. It is not new to us, we have been coming to New Zealand. We know what to expect and are hoping to put up a better show. The first shot was lovely but I would have liked him (Mahedi) to continue. He bowled nicely as bowling in these conditions isn't easy," Tamim said.
The Bangladesh bowling still has the ability to make the New Zealand batsmen work hard for their runs despite Martin Guptill's carnage in the first T20I. However, it is their batsman who will have to put at least 250 runs on the board to allow their bowling mates to do some damage.
Here are the probable playing XIs:
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Devon Conway, Will Young, Tom Latham (c & wk), James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal (c), Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud/Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
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