Gazi TV Live Streaming Bangladesh vs New Zealand 1st Test 12 January 2017
Whitewashed in the One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) series, Bangladesh have a herculean task ahead of them as they gear up for cricket’s toughest format in the form of a two-match Test series in the unfamiliar territory of New Zealand.
The team from the subcontinent has never won a Test in New Zealand and the last time they played a five-day game there was back in 2010. Purely considering Tests, one could say that Bangladesh are coming on the back of a brilliant drawn series against England, but drawing parallels with the upcoming contest would be unfair since they last played at home, where the pitches were spin-friendly.
While it is understood that the bowlers will enjoy the seamer-friendly conditions on offer too, the batsmen though, will be seriously tested. Handling swing will be their litmus test as the ball does move in the air for a considerable amount time in New Zealand. The think tank ideally would be echoing the adage “make the bowler earn your wickets” in their team meetings.
Bangladesh’s biggest problem has been their habit of throwing wickets away with rash shots, often forcing raised eyebrows and sometimes even questioning their Test status. However, their show against England last year is just what the game itself needs from a country that has a lot of talent.
On the other hand, it is an opportunity for New Zealand to climb up the ladder to the fifth position in the ICC Test rankings (subject to other results going their way). After a poor outing in India, the home series win against Pakistan helped Kane Williamson and Co. get back their lost confidence. The upcoming challenge presents them with a chance to derive more positives, should they do things right.
Before suffering an eye injury, Ross Taylor arrested his poor form with the bat, courtesy a brilliant hundred under pressure in the second innings at the Seddon Park, which came as a big delight for New Zealand. Tom Latham and Kane Williamson getting some runs in the limited-overs leg against Bangladesh will boost their batting, while Tim Southee and Trent Boult will be the men to watch out for, with the ball.
With the team management looking to manage their workload, Boult impressed with speed – bowled at 145 kph on occasions in the T20I series – and Southee will be keen to go out there and bowl after being given a short break.
When: New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Jan 12-16, 11:00 AM local time
Where: Basin Reserve, Wellington
What to expect: Two days prior to the game, one could not differentiate the outfield and the pitch as the groundsmen left a thick covering of grass. Even if it is trimmed, the 22-yards is all set to look nothing but green.
Weather: There was a bit of cloud cover as the players practiced on the eve of the game and the forecast for the first day reads, “rain and gale force winds.” The weather is expected to be better for the second and third day, although rain could return towards the end of the game.
New Zealand: There were doubts about Ross Taylor’s availability for this series, but was named in the squad after recovering well from an eye surgery where he had a benign growth removed from his left eye. The pace department is likely to be handled by Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner.
Bangladesh: Taskin Ahmed is set to make his Test debut. Rubel Hossain and Subashis Roy are likely to be named too, while the pitch could tempt the visitors to go for a full pronged pace attack by including Kamrul Islam Rabbi as well.
“Trent in the last T20 might have hit 145 or 146 which is really promising because we know when he’s bowling fast and swinging it for a long time he’s been one of the best bowlers in the world,” Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper, on Trent Boult.
“It is time that we prove ourselves in overseas conditions. The batsmen have to take the biggest challenge,” Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh captain.
New Zealand (From): Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling(w), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Dean Brownlie, Matt Henry
Bangladesh (From): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Subashis Roy