Bangladesh Legends will face New Zealand Legends in the 7th match of the Road Safety World Series 2022. The faceoff will be at Green park in Kanpur where both teams lost their season’s opener. The batting unit’s failure led both to lose the first game in the series.
Bangladesh Legends and New Zealand Legends are yet to open their points account of the season. After getting defeated in the first match, Bangladesh Legends are in 5th place in the points table whereas New Zealand Legends are in 7th place.
New Zealand Legends are playing their maiden season this year whereas Bangladesh Legends are still struggling to get on a mark after losing 5 consecutive games in the recent history of the tournament. This match will be important for both as both need to win a game to open a point account.
New Zealand Legends Preview
Bangladesh Legends have started their campaign where they left last season. Now after losing 5th consecutive game in the series’ history, they will face New Zealand Legends in the upcoming match at Green Park, Kanpur.
In the last match against West Indies Legends, a complete batting failure cost them to get bowled out on just 98 runs. Only Dhiman Ghosh (scored 22 runs from 27 balls) and Alok Kapali (scored 19 runs from 20 balls) managed to score considerable runs. West Indies Legends chased down this below-par total by sparing 6 wickets in hand. Dolar Mahmud’s spell of 1 wicket for 9 runs in his 2 overs went in vain.
The team has been struggling with their batting unit in the series’ history. Now while facing New Zealand Legends, they need to execute their batting strength properly in front of pacers like Shane Bond and Bruce Martin. The middle-order batting unit also needs to put some runs on the board when they face NZ-L in the next match.
Key players: Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain.
New Zealand Legends Predicted Playing XI:
Nazimuddin, Nazmus Sadat, Tushar Imran, Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali, Dhiman Ghosh (wk), Abul Hasan, Mohammad Sharif, Abdur Razzak, Dolar Mahmud, Shahadat Hossain (c).
South Africa Legends Preview
New Zealand Legends lost the first match of their maiden season against South Africa Legends as the team’s batting order collapsed in front of Proteas’ bowling attack. Now to register a first win of the season, they will face Bangladesh Legends on Thursday at Kanpur.
While batting first against South Africa Legends, Dean Brownlie’s 48 runs from 48 balls and Gareth Hopkins’ 18 runs from 26 balls, were the only knocks to pass 2 digit mark in the innings. As a result, the team collapsed and could manage to put just 99 runs on the board which was an easy chase for South Africa Legends. Opponents chased down the target to register a 9-wicket win over NZ-L.
The team’s batting order is heavily dependent on key batters like Neil Broom and Ross Taylor. Their form matters a lot to the team and they would like to get back in form when they face Bangladesh Legends in the upcoming match.
Key players: Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Craig McMillan, Shane Bond
South Africa Legends Predicted Playing XI:
Anton Devcich, Aaron Redmond, Dean Brownlie, Ross Taylor (c), Neil Broom, Craig McMillan, Gareth Hopkins (wk), Jacob Oram, Shane Bond, Bruce Martin, Hamish Bennett.
The weather will be rainy on match day with 50-60% chances of rain on Thursday. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 28°C – 16°C range. The pitch offers an equal advantage to batsmen as well as bowlers.
Green Park from Kanpur will host this match. This ground has a capacity of 45000 and has conducted a few international as well as domestic games so far.
Toss: To Bowl
The ground has conducted just 1 T20I game so far and the chasing team could manage to win that game. Here the general trend is the winning captain chooses to bowl first and prefers to chase.
NZL vs REAL
Both teams are weaker in their batting unit but as far as the bowling units are concerned, New Zealand Legends have more depth than Bangladesh Legends. The pace attack New Zealand Legends have with them will change things in the upcoming fixture between these two. All-rounders like Craig McMillan and Jacob Oram have added depth in the lower batting order of the NZ-L and that might turn the table for them in this match.
We predict that New Zealand Legends will defeat Bangladesh Legends.