New Zealand are all set to host Bangladesh for a two-match Test series. The two Tests will be part of the 2023 World Test Championship. The first match of the Test series will be played from January 1 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
New Zealand will be led by Tom Latham in the absence of Kane Williamson. After suffering a whitewash against India in India, they will be hoping for a change in fortunes at home. This will be Ross Taylor’s last Test series and the veteran will be hoping to bid Adieu on a high. Ajaz Patel is a notable exclusion from the squad but they still have experienced players in the squad. The Kiwis will be looking to continue their home dominance and take an early lead in the series.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, have a tough task ahead of them. They faced New Zealand XI in a warm-up match ahead of the series which finished in a draw. Mominul Haque will be leading Bangladesh in the upcoming Test series and will want to lead the side by example. They’ve got some exciting players on their side and a cracking series awaits us. The Blackcaps have played against Bangladesh 15 times in Test Cricket. Of those, they have managed to beat Bangladesh on 12 occasions, while 3 Tests resulted in draws. New Zealand are yet to lose a Test match against Bangladesh. They would be keen to continue their unbeaten run ahead of a two-match Test series.
New Zealand will be playing the series without skipper Kane Williamson, who is currently recovering from an elbow injury. Tom Latham will, once again, lead the side in his absence. Given the Test match will be playing in New Zealand, you expect the team to include all their potent fast bowlers. Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wager, and Kyle Jamieson are all expected to be in action for the first Test.
In the batting department, Tom Latham will be opening the batting alongside Daryl Mitchell. Both are in top form and are expected to score heavily in the series. For those of you who don’t know, the upcoming two-match Test series will be the last Test series for Ross Taylor. He will retire from the format after playing these two Tests
Bangladesh, on the other hand, needs to exhibit a miraculous performance to win against New Zealand. They are yet to win a Test match against New Zealand in Test Cricket history. Bangladesh would be hoping that they win at least one Test out of Two in the upcoming series.
Though, it isn’t going to be easy as their most experienced member, Shakib Al Hasan, isn’t available for the series. In his absence, the responsibility to score runs will fall on the likes of Liton Das, M Haque and M Rahim. Liton Das has been in outstanding form in Test Cricket, of late. However, whether he would be able to replicate that form in New Zealand remains to be seen.
NEW ZEALAND VS BANGLADESH MATCH DETAILS:
Match: New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Bangladesh tour of New Zealand 2022
Date and Time: January 01 2022, Saturday, 03:30 AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
NEW ZEALAND VS BANGLADESH PITCH REPORT
The pitch at Bay Oval is a balanced track. The batters need to be patient while going into their strokes. The bowlers will get seam movement throughout the match. Expect the seamers to play a major role.
NEW ZEALAND VS BANGLADESH WEATHER FORECAST
Clear skies will greet both sides on Saturday. The temperature is expected to range between 17 and 27 degrees Celsius.
NEW ZEALAND VS BANGLADESH PROBABLE XI’S
The Kiwis have been brilliant in the longest format in recent times and will look to continue performing the same way. They have been ruthless at home. They will want to keep up the good record with a win against Bangladesh.
- Devon Conway
- Tom Latham (c)
- Will Young
- Tom Blundell (wk)
- Ross Taylor
- Henry Nicholls
- Rachin Ravindra
- Trent Boult
- Tim Southee
- Kyle Jamieson
- Neil Wagner
Mominul Haque will be leading the side in the upcoming series against the Kiwis. They have struggled in recent times, suffering a whitewash against Pakistan at home. They need to be at their absolute best to challenge the Kiwis.
- Shadman Islam
- Naim Sheikh
- Mominul Haque (c)
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Liton Das (wk)
- Mahmudul Hasan Joy
- Mehidy Hasan
- Taijul Islam
- Taskin Ahmed
- Ebadot Hossain
- Abu Jayed
NEW ZEALAND VS BANGLADESH MATCH PREDICTION
The Kiwis have been brilliant at home in recent times and will start as favorites. New Zealand have a good balance to their side and expect them to get an early lead in the series by defeating Bangladesh in the first Test.
PREDICTION: NEW ZEALAND