Bangladesh vs New Zealand 1st T20I Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match between BAN vs NZ?
The Tigers have never beaten the Black Caps in T20I cricket.
Updated - Aug 31, 2021 1:19 pm
Bangladesh and New Zealand are set to cross swords in Match No.1 of the five-match T20I series on Wednesday, September 1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Back in August, the Tigers beat Australia 4-1 in a five-match series. Therefore, Mahmudullah and Co. must be brimming with confidence.
Shakib Al Hasan became the Player of the Match in the final game and he also walked away with the Player of the Series award. New Zealand, on the other hand, have a young squad for the series and will be captained by Tom Latham. The Black Caps need to pull a rabbit out of the hat to defeat Bangladesh.
Match – Bangladesh vs New Zealand – 1st T20I
Venue – Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Time – 05:30 PM IST, 06:00 PM Local
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Dhaka is expected to be on the slower side. The spinners are most likely to come into play. Slower balls from the fast bowlers will also hold a lot of significance. The track is expected to deteriorate and hence, batting first should be the way forward for both teams.
Avg score: 147 (49 T20Is in Dhaka)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 24, Lost – 25, N/R – 0
Playing combination for BAN vs NZ
Mohammad Naim Shaikh/Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (w), Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Shamim Hossain Patwary, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
Bench: Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mohammad Saifuddin, Aminul Islam Biplob, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam
Finn Allen/Cole McConchie, Tom Latham (c and wk), Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Rachin Ravindra, Scott Kuggelejin, Ajaz Patel, Doug Bracewell/Hamish Bennett, Matt Henry
Bench: Jacob Duffy, Cole McConchie, Doug Bracewell/Hamish Bennett, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner
BAN vs NZ Head-to-Head
Played – 10 | Bangladesh – 0 | New Zealand – 10 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 0
Played – 1 | Bangladesh – 0 | New Zealand – 1| N/R – 0 | Tied- 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Shakib Al Hasan– Bangladesh
Shakib Al Hasan wasn’t in the greatest of form prior to the T20I series against Australia. However, he gained back rhythm as he scored 114 runs from five games at an average of 22.80 and a strike rate of 100.88. He didn’t score a half-century but ended as Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer in the series. Not to forget that he also picked up seven wickets in the series.
Probable best bowler of the match
Mustafizur Rahman- Bangladesh
Mustafizur Rahman was outstanding in the T20I series against Australia. The left-arm fast bowler picked up seven wickets from five games at a stupendous economy rate of 3.52. The pacer bowled in the powerplay and at the death overs and didn’t flatter to deceive. He bowled at an average of 8.57, the best among the bowlers, who bowled 10 or more overs.
Today’s match prediction: Bangladesh to win the match.