New Zealand v Bangladesh 2nd Test Tips, Predictions and Preview - Black Caps to seal series

Tom Latham

An innings and 52-run win in the first Test in Hamilton gave New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match series against Bangladesh and the teams move to Wellington for the second match starting on Friday with question marks over the visitors’ ability to compete.

The Bangla Tigers did compete in the second innings in Hamilton, although it was too late to change the course of the match. The Black Caps look strong and destined for another easy win.

New Zealand


New Zealand’s batting led by a brilliant 200* from captain Kane Williamson posted a mammoth 715/6 in the only innings they played. That was their highest total in Test cricket and the second highest against Bangladesh. It overshadowed the hundreds from Jeet Raval (132) and Tom Latham (161).

Neil Wagner (5/47 & 2/104) once again proved that when nothing works his bouncers is always an option. Tim Southee and Trent Boult had six wickets each in the match and their bowling in the second innings helped the Kiwis overcome the Bangladesh resistance.

Bangladesh


First innings failure haunted Bangladesh through the Test match, even as their bowling looked lacklustre. Tamim Iqbal (126 & 74) had an excellent game, while Soumya Sarkar (149) and captain Mahmudullah (146) posted stubborn second innings centuries.

That Sarkar (2/68) was their best bowler is a sad reflection of how poor their bowling effort was. Even their batting looks dependent on two-three individual performances, which is catastrophic to their hopes of competing on an even footing.

Match Up


Williamson’s desire to keep batting is a huge positive for the Kiwis, who are enjoying the fruits of a settled squad. With the bowling trio looking as good as ever, the Black Caps are set for another march to an easy win.

Bangladesh arrived late in Hamilton by which time they were behind the eight ball. Consistency continues to be their bane, as is their listless bowling which never looked threatening in the first match.

History & Statistics


  • At home in 14 Tests since November 2016, New Zealand have lost just once (W9, D4, L1) and are unbeaten in their last eight (W5, D3).
  • New Zealand haven’t lost to sub-continent opposition at this venue since 2009, drawing three and winning two matches since.
  • Bangladesh are yet to avoid defeat in 20 Tests played in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia.
  • Bangladesh have lost 11 of their 14 Tests against New Zealand, six of them by an innings.

Key Players 


On the verge of becoming the top-ranked player in the world, Williamson’s desire to keep batting separates him from the rest. Another long innings will condemn Bangladesh for longer times in the field.

Coming into the tour as a back-up batsman, Sarkar has seen his stock rise multi-fold with an impressive outing in the first match. Another good match will keep Bangladesh fighting for their stripes.

Prediction


Mushfiqur Rahim isn’t expected to be fit for this match, which puts Bangladesh on the back foot once again. New Zealand should have no troubles brushing aside their visitors, although the signs of fightback from the first match were encouraging.

Tips


Back Latham to score a first innings fifty @ $2.20 (Ladbrokes).

Back Williamson to score a first innings hundred @ $4.00 (Sportsbet).

Back Iqbal to be the top Bangladesh batsman @ $3.50 (Neds)


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New Zealand v Bangladesh 2nd Test Tips, Predictions and Preview - Black Caps to seal series

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