BAN vs NZ 1st T20I Match Prediction - Who will win today's first T20I?

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.

Bangladesh Cricket Team
Bangladesh Cricket Team. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Preview 

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 Details

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

Pitch Report

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

Bangladesh

Predicted XI

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

New Zealand

Predicted XI

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

Overall

Played – 10 | Bangladesh – 0 | New Zealand – 10 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 0

In Bangladesh

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.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.