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Cricket news - Can Bangladesh turn up better in Wellington?
Brave knocks by Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar in the second innings of first Test against New Zealand, after the hosts posted their first-ever 700-plus total - will they serve as catalysts for the tourists as they seek a quick turnaround heading into the second Test?
The captain will be hoping so even as he stressed on the importance of doing well in the first innings, which was exactly where Bangladesh were found wanting and as a result, suffered an innings defeat in Hamilton.
Barring Tamim Iqbal, none of the batsmen appeared equipped enough to handle the pace test that was thrown at them. Tamim fought fire with fire with his blistering hundred in the first essay but the rest of the batting line-up let Bangladesh down on a pitch that wasn't doing too much. New Zealand's short-ball ploy, led by the persistent Neil Wagner, brought about Bangladesh's downfall and although Mahmudullah and Sarkar took the fight back to New Zealand in the second essay, it was a little too late by then, as the hosts - armed with a 481-run lead - overcame gritty hundreds from the opposition to secure a 1-0 lead.
New Zealand have little to worry about, with their batting and bowling firing all cylinders. With as many as three centurions - Kane Williamson going on to register a double - and two pacers bagging five-wicket hauls, the home team will pose another tough challenge for Bangladesh, who with their injury concerns and inexperienced attack might find it overwhelming again.
When: March 8-12 at 11:00 AM Local Time
Where: Basin Reserve, Wellington
What to expect: New Zealand have scored more than 500 in five of the last seven Tests they have played at this venue, where it gets easier to bat as the match progresses. Sri Lanka were 13 for 3 in their second innings when New Zealand last played at Basin Reserve and the visitors went on secure a draw - Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews batting out the entire fourth day before rain intervened on the final day. The rain threat looming large on the first three days of the upcoming match, it's likely to be a start-stop affair while the pitch is expected to be a belter, according to Boult.
New Zealand: The home team won't see any need to change the eleven, although they will want Todd Astle to make more of an impact, with the legspinner having gone wicketless in the first game.
Probable XI: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
Bangladesh: The visitors are sweating on the fitness of Tamim Iqbal, who has a groin niggle. The Bangladesh captain, meanwhile, confirmed that Mustafizur Rahman will play the game, which will come as a boost for the bowling line-up which lacked intensity in the first match. Bangladesh, however, might have to do without Mushfiqur Rahim who is an unlikely starter as he is recovering from a wrist injury. Another change that Bangladesh might consider is replacing Mehidy Hasan - who recorded the most expensive figures for a Bangladesh player in the previous Test - with Taijul Islam.
Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah (c), Liton Das (wk), Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain
What they said:
"There have been a lot of batting records here (at basin Reserve) for a reason, it's a very solid wicket and it only gets better. I'm sure they'll leave a touch of green for the seamers to enjoy but we just need to focus on what we do well as a bowling unit" - Trent Boult expects a batting-friendly pitch.
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