New Zealand will have to adjust well to a slow pitch at the Bay Oval for the second T20 in their bid to seal the series. Bangladesh, lurching from one defeat to the next on this tour so far, can look forward to a better batting and bowling day on a surface that could remind them of home.
The home side was forced to make a last-minute change in their squad when they brought in George Worker to replace Neil Broom, who was ruled out through a fractured finger which he sustained during the Napier T20. Broom is expected to be out of action for at least a week.
According to NZC, Ross Taylor was “not considered as a possible replacement due to a minor side-strain issue”. Worker will open with captain Kane Williamson, who anchored their 142-run chase in the first T20 with an unbeaten 73. Colin de Grandhomme also batted well while Lockie Ferguson starred with the ball with his two early wickets and the late yorker to Mahmudullah, Bangladesh’s best batsman in Napier.
But the likes of Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes have to give Bangladesh a better start. They also need Sabbir Rahman to convert his after getting set. Soumya Sarkar will be under heavy scrutiny, having made 1 and 0 so far on tour. Bangladesh’s bowling also have to get their act together, especially Rubel Hossain who is likely to be given another go despite being expensive in the last game.
The visitors have their backs to the wall so bouncing back with a win to level the T20 series would be a timely remedy for a tour that is going wrong.
Source: Espn Crickinfo