As the summer comes to an end, New Zealand will also hope to end this season on a high beating Bangladesh in the third and the final Test and wrapping the series 3-0. As far as captain Kane Williamson is concerned, he himself has bigger heights to reach as he aims to topple Virat Kohli as the no. 1 Test batsman in the world.
After losing the first Test in Hamilton by an innings and 52 runs when Bangladesh arrived in Wellington for the second Test, it was thought that there will be some sort of a comeback from the Asian side. But, as it turned out the visitors went on to lose that game by an innings and 12 runs (well, sort of an improvement). Ross Taylor’s magnificent double ton along with Neil Wagner’s nine-wicket haul in that game sealed another series win at home for the Kiwis while it also handed Bangladesh another Test series loss away from home.
As both teams arrive at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch for the third Test starting on March 16, New Zealand will start as the clear favourites once again. Bangladesh has nothing more to lose and their fans will hope to see some joy after a disappointing tour. Captain Mahmudallah has been seen looking short of answers while his counterpart Williamson has found a solution every time he turned his head around. If the Bangla tigers don’t show some real courage and fight back, we could have another dominating performance as far as the Blackcaps are concerned.
New Zealand played a Test at this venue earlier this summer against Sri Lanka and had won that game by 423 runs. After scoring just 178 runs in their first innings, the Blackcaps managed to restrict Lankans to 104. The hosts went to score 585 in their second innings before the visitors got bowled out for 236.
If the pitch stays anywhere as same as that match, then the ball could nip around a lot in the first couple of days of the Test but batting will get easier the game progresses.
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Tom Blundell has been called up to the New Zealand side as a cover of wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who suffered an injury during the second Test. Skipper Williamson too sustained an injury and both the players will have to give a fitness test prior to the match in order to play the Christchurch Test. Will Young could be included in the side if the captain misses out while Tom Latham will be the most likely candidate to lead the team.
Mushfiqur Rahim is likely to return to the side after missing the first two games of this series. Tamim Iqbal who has been scoring runs consistently for his team might miss this Test after he was reported seen struggling with his groin injury during the practice sessions.
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Both the sides have at least two keepers and considering the experience of Watling and Rahim, we would recommend you choose anyone between them. There are still injury concerns with both of them but both of them would be their side’s ideal choice.
Tamim and Soumya Sarkar are probably the only batsmen except for Mahmudallah, who have got some significant runs under their belt in this series.
As far as New Zealand are concerned, Williamson and Taylor have run under their belt in this series while Henry Nicholls has been also looking in touch lately. Jeet Raval, Tom Latham and Mohammad Mithun are some of the other players you can look at.
Colin de Grandhomme has a good record at this venue while Mahmudallah has been contributing constantly with the bat for his side. Todd Astle could have an impact in this game with his leg-spin while Bangladesh could also bring back Mehidy Hasan in this game.
Trent Boult and Wagner are obviously the top-picks in the bowler’s category while you can also put your money on Mustafizur Rahman and Tajiul Islam from Bangladesh. Abu Jayed could also be considered as a surprise package in the side while Tim Southee can also present a case for himself.
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