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05 Mar 2019 by Rob Esteva

New Zealand vs Bangladesh – 2nd Test Match Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When is New Zealand vs Bangladesh taking place? Thursday, 7th March, 22:00

Where New Zealand vs Bangladesh taking place? Wellington

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs Bangladesh? Temperatures of 18-20c over the next few days with rain forecast to interrupt play on Friday in particular

What channel is New Zealand vs Bangladesh on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream New Zealand vs Bangladesh? New Zealand vs Bangladesh will be streamed live on the Sky Go app

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Are tickets still available for New Zealand vs Bangladesh? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=CRICKET19

LAST MEETING
New Zealand beat Bangladesh by an innings and 52 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand won the first Test by an innings and 52 runs but it was not exactly plain sailing against the Bangladesh batsmen at times as the tourists showed great character and resolve but they ultimately paid the price for losing too many wickets on the first day.
  • The Blackcaps' batting completely dominated the tourists’ bowling attack smashing 715/6 with Williamson hitting an unbeaten double century and Raval and Latham scoring centuries each and it was only Ross Taylor who failed to get in on the action so they will likely repeat the same line-up here.
  • Neil Wagner played a key role on the first day of that first Test with his five wickets to support Boult and Southee but the selectors will have to decide whether to retain Astle who was wicketless in that first game or go with another pace option in Matt Henry.

BANGLADESH

Captain: Mahmudullah

  • Bangladesh put in a valiant display in the first Test as their batsmen took the fight to the hosts playing an aggressive style which saw three different players score centuries with impressive strike rates, but their bowlers failed to make inroads in the Blackcaps’ batting line-up themselves.
  • They are still without Shakib Al Hasan whose finger problem continues to trouble him but the century for Soumya Sarkar in the second innings in Hamilton as his replacement has given them a boost and he will look to build on that innings here.
  • Spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz had figures of 2/246 from 49 overs after their pace attack struggled to take wickets and ultimately tired against the hosts’ batting so they could be tempted to go with another spinner to ease the burden on him potentially with Taijul Islam an option even though the pitch may not suit.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand were comfortably ahead of Bangladesh for most of the first Test and they will look to continue their good form and rack up another win. Their batsmen will see this series as one which will enable them to get runs on the board as they did in the opening match and they will look to produce another dominant display here. Even with the tourists showing some signs of fight, the hosts' quality should shine through and see them seal the three-match series here.

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