The big picture: Bangladesh seeks to replicate Sylhet
Bangladesh will be looking for another comprehensive performance, in the second Test in Dhaka, as they chase their first ever win over New Zealand. They beat the visitors by 150 runs in Sylhet, and while Taijul Islam and Najmul Hussain Shanto stood out with their individual performances, it looked like an all-out team effort.
They batted and bowled in partnerships, with Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehidi Hasan Miraz contributing crucial half-centuries in support of Shantou’s third innings, and Mehidi and Nayeem Hasan supporting Taijul’s efforts with the ball.
New Zealand will want to come back strong, and not just for World Test Championship points. They have never lost a Test series in Bangladesh, and will want to keep that record intact. They will also want to make a statement as they have lost two of their last three Tests against these opponents.
To achieve the desired turnaround, New Zealand will need to improve in some key areas in Dhaka. After the defeat in the first Test, their skipper Tim Southee asked for more consistency from his bowlers, who he felt did not match their Bangladeshi counterparts in ‘application’.[ing] Pressure for a long period of time.” Ish Sodhi, who bowled a number of long jumps while getting over five overs in the first innings, and Ajaz Patel, who was a bit expensive in the second, will certainly want to tighten up.
With the bat, New Zealand will need more top-order support for Kane Williamson, whose maiden innings century was one of only two 50-plus scores by a New Zealand batsman in the first Test. At Shere Bangla National Stadium where they can expect a more uneven bounce than in Sylhet, they will want to execute their all-round shots better: Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls, who usually play the shot well, were playing this shot, caught It has a short, thin leg.
For Bangladesh, Taijul and Mehedi will return to the place where they enjoy bowling. Nayeem will be eyeing wickets as well, given that he usually only plays home Tests, and will want to push for more consistent selection with Bangladesh who are set to play a lot of Test cricket next year. Bangladesh’s close following was impressive in Sylhet, and they will look to maintain the high standards in Dhaka. They will also be hoping to get runs from Zakir Hasan and Noor Hasan, who missed both innings in Sylhet, and get a big score from Mominul Haq, who looked in good form and scored 37 and 40.
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Naeem Hassan was hit on the hand while bowling, but it is not considered serious yet. Bangladesh are unlikely to change their winning combination, especially in Mirpur where they have historically played three specialist players.
Bangladesh (Possible): 1 Mahmood Hassan Joy, 2 Zakir Hassan, 3 Najm Hossain Shanto (captain), 4 Mominul Haq, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim, 6 Shahadat Hossain, 7 Noor Hassan (week), 8 Mehdi Hassan Miraz, 9 Naeem Hassan, 10 Tijul Islam, 11 Sharif al-Islam.
Rasheen Ravindra and Mitchell Santner could be involved in the discussion, but New Zealand usually only makes changes when absolutely necessary.
New Zealand (Possible): 1 Devon Conway, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Henry Nicholls, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Glenn Phillips, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Tim Southee (capt), 11 Patel authorized.
Pitch and conditions: Good, Mirpur
Expect spin to return to center stage at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium after the Bangladesh fast bowlers took 21 wickets in the two Tests here earlier this year, against Afghanistan and Ireland. Unseasonal rain is expected, especially on Thursday, the second day of the Dhaka Test.
Stats and Trivia: The best Test year tempts the hosts
- Bangladesh’s three wins in 2023 tie 2014 and 2018 with the most Test wins in a calendar year.
- In Sylhet, Kane Williamson became the first New Zealander to score four centuries in consecutive Tests.
- Najm Hossain Shanto is the first Bangladeshi captain to score a century on his Test debut.
“His record is exceptional. He has almost 200 wickets. He is very consistent. He showed great maturity in this Test match. Rangana Herath has done a lot of good tactical work with him. Similar to [Herath] In the way he sets it up for some hitters. “I think he will serve Bangladesh cricket for a long time.”
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe On Tijul Islam’s maturity and tactical improvement
Muhammad Essam is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent in Bangladesh. @isam84