Published on January 3rd, 2017 | by CricketSoccer Desk0
Bangladesh vs New Zealand 1st T20: Key Battles🕓 Reading time: 2 minutes
Bangladesh will take on New Zealand on the first of the three T20’s at Napier today. After being humbled in the ODI series, the T20 series now presents an excellent opportunity for Bangladesh to turn the tables on the Kiwis. Bangladesh vs New Zealand is one of series that is being played carried forward into the new year with a lot of expectations from The Tigers.
One expects Bangladesh to give a tough fight against the Kiwis in the series. Cricketsoccer looks at the key battles expected in the contest.
Shakib Al Hasan vs Kane Williamson: The Kiwi skipper and the greatest cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced. These two are the stalwarts of their team and have been consistent with their game despite the team result. With Bangladesh having their backs against the wall, the visitors will expect their star all-rounder to come up with something special having played an enormous amount of the shortest form of cricket. The quality that he possesses keeps Bangladesh’s chances high, and it will be a crucial contest for Shakib.
Mustafizur Rahman vs Martin Guptill: In a short span, Mustafizur has become one of the leading bowlers in world cricket. He was recently named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year for 2016 and looked lethal in every opportunity that he got. Also, he would be expecting to keep his on-fire form the same in the new year. Guptill has gained his form yet once again after a series of dismal shows in India. The way he batted against Bangladesh in the ODIs should give him enough confidence and these two will definitely come across in the beginning of the New Zealand batting. A man in form at one end against the Emerging player of 2016 guarantees us one cracker of a battle.
Mehedi Hasan vs Mitchell Santner: The young Bangladesh spinner Mehedi Hasan has been making headlines for the past couple of months. Although spin would hardly make an impact in the New Zealand conditions, Mehedi could indeed turn things around. However, New Zealand have Mitchell Santner, who could make a difference in the match. Both bowlers have been star-turners for their respective side and it should be interesting to see how and when these players make an impact for their team.
Tim Southee vs Tamim Iqbal: Senior players in both sides, Iqbal and Southee will be expected to come head to head against each other in the contest. Tamim is a good player if he gets in and Southee being the premier bowler for the Kiwis will be expected to get rid of him early. It will be a fascinating contest between two cricketers who are the key players of their respective teams.
Mashrafe Mortaza vs Corey Anderson: One the skipper of Bangladesh and the other a hard hitting all rounder from New Zealand. Anderson is a threat lower down the order for Bangladesh and who better than pluck his wicket than the skipper himself. This Anderson vs Mortaza contest in the final over of the innings either batting first or chasing is expected to give some goosebumps to fans from both the contingents.