Big picture: Bangladesh seek Sylhet repeat
Bangladesh will look for another all-round performance in the second Test in Dhaka as they chase their first series win against New Zealand. They beat the visitors by 150 runs in Sylhet, and while Taijul Islam and Najmul Hossain Shando stood out with their individual performances, it felt like a comprehensive team effort.
They batted and bowled in partnership, with Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehidi Hasan Miraz contributing crucial fifties in support of Sandhu’s third innings century, and Mehidi and Naeem Hasan supporting Taijul’s efforts.
New Zealand will bounce back in a big way, not just for World Test Championship points. They have never lost a Test series in Bangladesh and will be looking to keep that record intact. Having lost two of the last three Tests against these opponents they will be looking to make a statement.
New Zealand will want to improve in some key ways in Dhaka to get the turnaround they want. After the first Test defeat, their captain Tim Southee asked for more consistency from his bowlers, who he felt did not match their Bangladeshi counterparts.[ing] Pressure for long”. Ish Sodhi, who bowled several long-hops while going over five overs in the first innings, and Ajaz Patel, who was very expensive in the second innings, will surely want to tighten up.
With the bat, New Zealand will want more top-order support for Kane Williamson, whose first-innings century was one of two 50-plus scores by a New Zealand batsman in the first Test. On the Shere Bangla National Stadium pitch, they can expect more uneven bounce than in Sylhet, and they will want to execute their sweep shots better: both Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls, who usually play the shot well, were out. , caught at short fine leg.
For Bangladesh, Taijul and Mehidi will return to where they love to bowl. Naeem will also look after the wickets, he usually only plays Tests at home and will want to push for a more consistent selection with Bangladesh to play a lot of Test cricket next year. Bangladesh’s close hold in Sylhet was impressive and they will look to raise the bar in Dhaka. They will be hoping for runs from Zakir Hasan and Nurul Hasan, who missed out in both innings in Sylhet, and a big score from Mominul Haq, who was in good form when he scored 37 and 40.
Bangladesh WWWLL (Last Five Tests, Most Recent First)
New Zealand LWWWL
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Naeem Hasan suffered a blow to his non-bowling hand in practice, but it is still not being treated as serious. Bangladesh are unlikely to change their winning combination, especially in Mirpur where they have historically played three specialist spinners.
Bangladesh (Probable): 1 Mahmudul Hasan Joy, 2 Zakir Hasan, 3 Najmul Hossain Santo (Captain), 4 Mominul Haq, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim, 6 Shahadat Hossain, 7 Nurul Hasan (Week), 8 Mehdi Hasan Miraz, 9 Naeem Hasan Taijul Islam , 11 Shoriful Islam.
Rachin Ravindra and Mitchell Santner may be in the mix, but New Zealand usually don’t tinker unless absolutely necessary.
New Zealand (Probable): 1 Devon Conway, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Henry Nicholls, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Tom Blundell (weekly), 7 Glenn Phillips, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Tim Southee (captain), 11 Ajaz Patel.
Pitch and Conditions: Good Mirpur
Sher is expected to return to the spin centerstage at the Bangla National Stadium after Bangladesh’s fast bowlers took 21 wickets in the two Tests here against Afghanistan and Ireland earlier this year. Monsoon rain is forecast, especially on Thursday, the second day of the Dhaka Test.
Stats and trivia: Best Test year beckons for hosts
- Bangladesh are tied for the most Test wins in a calendar year in 2014 and 2018 with three wins in 2023.
- In Sylhet, Kane Williamson became the first New Zealander to score four centuries in consecutive Tests.
- Najmul Hossain Santo became the first Bangladeshi captain to score a century in his Test debut.
„His record is amazing. He has taken nearly 200 wickets. He is very consistent. He has shown great maturity in this Test match. Rangana Herath has done a lot of good tactical work with him. [Herath] Along the way he set up some bats. I think he is going to serve Bangladesh cricket for a long time.
Bangladesh Coach Sandika Hathurusingha Maturity and tactical progress of Taijul Islam
Mohammad Izam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
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