New Zealand will take on Bangladesh in the first Test of Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand from January 1st-5th 2022 at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
The hosts New Zealand are all set to host the Bangla Tigers in a two-match Test series as a part of the WTC 2021-23 cycle. The Kiwis will be without their skipper and star batter Kane Williamson who is suffering from an elbow injury. Tom Latham has been handed over the captaincy duties with Henry Nicholls named as his deputy. The Kiwis are coming into this series after a 1-0 defeat against India and will now aim to bounce back in style.
On the other hand, Bangladesh have performed horribly in the past few months right from their last-place finish in the T20 World Cup to a 2-0 Test series defeat against Pakistan at home. The Bangla Tigers will miss the services of Shakib Al Hasan who opted out of the tour. The Mominul Haque-led side needs to build their character and self-belief in order to challenge the Kiwis.
Match: New Zealand vs Bangladesh. 1st Test
Date and Time: January 1st-5th 2022, 3:30 AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Head to Head
New Zealand and Bangladesh have been up against each other on 15 occasions in Tests. The Kiwis have dominated the proceedings with 12 victories to their name whereas the Bangla Tigers are yet to defeat New Zealand. Both the teams last faced each other in March 2019 at Wellington where New Zealand came out on top with a comprehensive victory by an innings and 12 runs.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Pitch Report
The wicket at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui is generally ideal for the pacers. There will be plenty of movement on offer for the fast bowlers making it difficult for batters to score. Also, the overcast conditions will be an added advantage for the pacers.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Weather Report
The weather in Mount Maunganui is predicted to be clear in the first two days. However, there are high chances of precipitation in the last three days which might interrupt the play. The temperature at the venue might hover around 22-25 degrees celsius.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Probable Playing XI
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Tom Latham (C), Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell (WK), Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Rachin Ravindra
Bangladesh: Shadman Islam, Naim Sheikh, Mominul Haque (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (WK), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed
New Zealand vs Bangladesh D11 Team
Tom Latham, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Devon Conway(C), Henry Nicholls, Mominul Haque, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Taskin Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson(VC)
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Prediction
There is no doubt that New Zealand start as overwhelming favorites to win this match against Bangladesh. The Kiwis are lethal at their home turf and it is very difficult for any side to ease past them. Also, Bangladesh doesn’t have the quality in their pace attack which is essential in these conditions.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Live Stream
The first Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh will be streamed live in India on the Amazon Prime Video.