After winning the first match by seven wickets where they reduced visiting New Zealand side to their joint-lowest T20I score, Bangladesh will be looking to extend their lead in the five-match series to 2-0 when the teams face off at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Friday. Under the leadership of Tom Latham, New Zealand performed better with the ball on a turning track but their massive batting failure is something that needs betterment.
Head-to-head in T20Is
Overall: 11 | New Zealand: 10 | Bangladesh: 1
Last five matches: New Zealand: 4 | Bangladesh: 1
Ground Details and Team Combination
The first match has proved that spinners are the dominant department at the Shere Bangla Stadium especially with the new ball. Nasum Ahmed, Shakib al Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Ajaz Patel and Cole McConchie all struck in the powerplay in both innings where putting good amount of revs and stump-to-stump line was enough to torment the batsmen. While spinners have the advantage, fast bowlers can also be effective by holding back on pace and hitting the seam as Mohammad Saifuddin (2-7) and Mustafizur Rahman (3-13) have successfully demonstrated. Having three spinners and three pacers in your team is the best possible strategy for the second game.
While you could go for the above team, you also have the option of choosing your own team from Cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. You can use this tool to build your team with the help of algorithms. Based on your preferences, the platform will guide you to create the ideal fantasy XI.
Mustafizur Rahman has been unplayable at home this year. In the six T20Is so far, the left-armer has claimed 10 wickets at an average of 7.3 and an astounding economy of 3.6. With a wide arsenal of cutters, back of the hand and seaming deliveries, there are few other pacers as effective as Mustafizur in Bangladesh.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, Mustafizur could pick 2-3 wickets in the match
Shakib Al Hasan has claimed 34 T20I wickets from 25 innings at the Shere Bangla Stadium, his best tally at any international venue. He also top-scored with 25 in a difficult chase of 61 in the first match where Kiwi spinners were getting deadly bounce and turn.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, Shakib could score 15-23 runs and pick 2-3 wickets in the match
Rachin Ravindra's international career began with an unfortunate golden duck in the previous match, but the former U-19 start has shown he is capable with the ball as he bowled 15 dot balls from four overs and claimed the big scalp of Shakib. If he can execute better shot control the southpaw can be a huge addition to New Zealand's talented side.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, Ravindra could score 17-25 runs and pick 0-1 wickets in the match
Colin de Grandhomme is the most experienced player in the current side having played 38 T20Is in the sub-continent and scored 499 runs at a strike rate of 132.4. The rash sweep shot in the first game could be considered a blip as he is the most reliable batsmen in the middle-order alongside Latham.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, Grandhomme could score 14-20 runs and pick 0-1 wickets in the match
Here are the top-10 picks as per Criclytics projected points –
Bangladesh XI: Afif Hossain, Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (C), Liton Das, Mahedi Hasan, Nurul Hasan (WK), Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin.
New Zealand XI: Rachin Ravindra, Tom Blundell, Will Young, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham (C) (WK), Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Cole McConchie, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy.