Friday, 2 December, 2022

T20 Tri-Series: Bangladesh take on New Zealand today

Aiming to bounce back in the Tri-Series, Bangladesh is set to take on the hosts New Zealand on Sunday.

The match will begin at 12 pm (Bangladesh Time) in Christchurch.

In the first match of the competition, Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by 21 runs.

Shakib Al Hasan, the regular captain of Bangladesh, is also set to make a comeback in Sunday’s match. He couldn't play the first match due to jet lag— he joined the national team on Thursday after taking part in CPL in the West Indies.

It was learnt that Shakib couldn't buy an air ticket to New Zealand in time due to heavy demand, and eventually, it made him unable to take part in the first match of the event.

After the defeat in the first match, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Bangladesh’s stand-in captain, said they have to improve in certain areas to do well in T20Is.

Bangladesh might bring a change in the opening slots. Sabbir Rahman, who was playing as an experimental opener, has failed to justify his inclusion. But the other opener, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who is also in an experimental phase, has done well so far.

Mustafizur Rahman might also lose his place in the playing XI. He conceded 48 runs in his stipulated four overs in the last match, without taking any wickets.

On Saturday, New Zealand took on Pakistan and lost the match by six wickets. Pakistan chased down a target of 148 with 10 balls to play.

After playing this Tri-Series, all the participating teams will fly to Australia to take part in the T20 World Cup. All these three teams have secured their places in the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup.