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Tigers look to continue their domination

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  • 2nd September, 2021 10:08:55 PM
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Tigers look to continue their domination

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Bangladesh will be looking to hand New Zealand another embarrassment when they meet in the second match of the five-match T20I series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.

The match is scheduled to start at 04:00pm BST and will be telecast live on T Sports.

The Tigers are currently leading the series 1-0 after securing a comprehensive seven-wicket victory in the first game on Wednesday.

Bangladeshi spin trio – Shakib Al Hasan, Nasum Ahmed and Mahedi Hasan set up the win for the host tem after they reduced the Kiwis to 9-4 in the fourth over of the match while pacers also gave them ample support to finish the visitors’ innings quickly.

Pace-bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin took two vital wickets in the middle while Mustafizur Rahman chipped in with the last three New Zealand wickets to wrap up the Kiwis for 60 runs, their joint-lowest T20I total.

“Actually Mirpur is our known wicket. I played most matches in my career here. The wicket is favouring the spinners and because of that we are also able to bowl cutters here,” Saifuddin said on Thursday.

“As they (the Kiwis) couldn’t score against the spinners, they took chances against us (pacers). Because of that, we are able to take wickets,” he said, referring to Bangladeshi spinners and pacers taking five wickets each in the first game.

Meanwhile, New Zealand are in a desperate situation after conceding a humiliating defeat in the series opener and they will be eyeing to make a comeback in the series through the match.

Although both the teams opted to take rest in the team hotel on Thursday, a few members of the New Zealand coaching staff paid a visit to the venue and inspected the wickets of the home of cricket.

The Kiwis also received good news ahead of the match as their batsman Finn Allen returned with two Covid-19 negative reports and integrated back into the team’s bio-bubble.

The 22-year-old, who made his international debut this year, earlier tested positive for the infectious disease 48 hours after arriving in Dhaka last week.

“It’s great for us. He has been a big part of our squad,” interim New Zealand coach Glenn Pocknall said.

“Hopefully, he will come as soon as possible but he will have to undergo a couple of (fitness) tests.

“He will definitely come into consideration. It’s just a matter of when. He is physically fit but we need to assess on what game he comes into the team,” he added.

Pacer Matt Henry, who arrived in Dhaka on August 31 as a back-up of Allen, is also expected to join the team bio-bubble today after finishing his mandatory three-day quarantine.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Cricket Board on Thursday said that they have dedicated the second match of the series to the cancer warriors as they took the initiative in association with the Bangladesh Cancer Aid Trust (BANCAT).