BAN vs NZ Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Dec 06, 2023
Bangladesh and New Zealand will contest the second and final Test of their series this week in Mirpur. The Tigers won the series opener in Sylhet last week. They have a big opportunity to seal a series win here. The best New Zealand can do is draw the series.
We should be in for several intriguing days of Test match cricket. There is plenty to bet on before and during the match. Let's see what the betting odds and cricket markets have in store.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand head-to-head record
New Zealand have three wins to Bangladesh's two in their last five Test meetings. This includes Bangladesh's first ever home Test win over the Black Caps earlier this month.
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BAN vs NZ Team Previews
Bangladesh went into the series opener without several first-choice players, including all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and batsman Liton Das. The hosts were not necessarily the favourites to win the match, but did just that - and now have the chance to complete the job at hand with a series victory.
Each of Bangladesh's top eight batters reached double figures in the first innings in Sylhet. None of them, though, converted to a century. Their highest run-scorer in the innings was Mahmudul Hasan Joy, who hit 86. The hosts need to work on converting good starts into big knocks. Captain Najmul Hossain Shanto was Bangladesh's heroic second-innings centurion.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam was Bangladesh's standout performer with the ball in the first Test. He claimed four wickets in the first innings and six in the second for a prolific match haul of 10. He was named player of the match and could be in for another big performance here.
Bangladesh won't likely make changes to their winning XI. This means Shoriful Islam will need to shoulder the bulk, if not all, the seaming responsibilities amid a spin-laden bowling attack. He bowled 19 overs in the first Test and took two wickets.
Bangladesh Playing 11
Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shahadat Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nurul Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam.
New Zealand were among the first to admit they simply were not good enough in the first match of the series. They have the chance to right the wrongs of Sylhet with quick correction in Mirpur. Experienced spinner Ish Sodhi has all but insisted the Kiwis learn from what the Tigers did right last time, this time.
Black Caps openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway were disappointing in the series opener. Predictably more comfortable against seam than spin, Latham and Conway need to successfully avigate the threats posed by Islam and Bangladesh's other spinners. The same can be said for New Zealand's middle order.
The New Zealanders deployed three spinners in Sylhet. Sodhi, Ajaz Patel and Glenn Phillips had individual and collective success in bursts, but lacked the sustainability to truly pose enough of a threat to Bangladesh's batters, who are solid against visiting spin.
Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson recently returned from a stint on the sidelines due to injury and it will be interesting to see if the visitors retain him in the XI for this second Test match. If so, he could open the bowling again with Tim Southee - or come on first-change and leave a spinner with the new ball.
New Zealand Playing 11
Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel.
BAN vs NZ Toss Prediction
The last five Tests at the venue for this Test - the Shere Bangla National Stadium - has seen the toss-winning captain opt to bat first three times. The same will likely happen this week.
This decision gives the toss-winning team the opportunity to perhaps bat only once - or bowl on a deteriorating fourth-innings pitch.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The first Test yielded totals of 310 and 338 from Bangladesh - and 317 and 181 from New Zealand. All 40 wickets were taken. Moving from Sylhet to Mirpur, similar scores and numbers of wickets are expected in sub-continental conditions.
Both sides should play two, if not three, specialist spinners. Sodhi has publicly noted that New Zealand need to figure out whether the deck is going to turn, and adapt quickly, if they are going to win.
Weather-wise, no rain is predicted for the days leading into the match. Clear skies are expected for the full scheduled five days, too. Hot, dry and humid conditions are expected.
BAN vs NZ Betting Tips
Buoyed by their first ever home Test win over New Zealand and again with homeground advantage, Bangladesh should win this match as well.
The Black Caps' biggest struggle will likely be against the Tigers' spinners. It is highly unlikely there will be a draw in this match.
Bet on Bangladesh at 3.25 to beat New Zealand, who are priced at 2.00, here. A draw is offered at 3.75.
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Islam will have learnt a lot about the opposition and how to succeed against them during the first Test. He took 10 wickets then - and could be in for a lot more here.
Sodhi bowled 33 overs in the first Test and has since spoken volumes of New Zealand's need to better understand conditions in Bangladesh. Aside from playing, Sodhi has experience coaching in the sub-continent. He is in a decent position to be New Zealand's top bowler in this match.
Shanto was superb en route to 105 in Bangladesh's second innings in Sylhet. He effectively set his side up for victory. Being promoted to the captaincy has evidently empowered his batting.