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Online Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions - New Zealand v Bangladesh 1st Test

Ross Taylor has been in great form for New Zealand in recent series

Bangladesh and New Zealand have met 13 times in Test matches and the Kiwis have come out victorious 10 times while three matches have been drawn.

New Zealand would be carrying a lot of momentum after a successful ODI series. On the contrary, Bangladesh would be low on spirits given the one sided losses they faced in all the three matches. To add to that, the conditions in New Zealand would be starkly different from what Bangladesh is used to and they would need some time to adjust to the seam and bounce of the pitch.

Tom Latham and Jeet Raval would start proceedings for New Zealand while Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor would follow at No. 3 and 4. Williamson and Taylor are the lynchpins of the Kiwi batting order and both would be expected to use this opportunity to add some runs to their tally in the longest format. Henry Nicholls has also been a revelation for the side in recent times.

With the ball, Tim Southee and Trent Boult will lead the proceedings as always. The Kiwis have preferred Todd Astle over Ajaz Patel, who was very effective against Pakistan in UAE.

 Bangladesh's batting would depend largely on Tamim Iqbal who is the highest run-scorer for the side in Test matches. Soumya Sarkar is expected to open the betting along with him. Mahmudullah and Liton Das would be the key players for Bangladesh in the middle order.

Mustafizur Rahman would be their leading pace option while Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan will shoulder the responsibility of the spin attack.

Let's have a look at the predicted playing XI of both teams.

New Zealand- Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

Bangladesh- Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Shadman Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah (c), Liton Das (wk), Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – New Zealand

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Ross Taylor (New Zealand)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Most Sixes – Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Ross Taylor (New Zealand)

Team Scores Batting First – Bangladesh 200+, New Zealand 300+

*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.

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