Thrilling Encounter Unfolds: Bangladesh Faces New Zealand in First Test Showdown

Bangladesh is gearing up to host New Zealand in a two-match Test series, starting on November 28. The Man in Black won the ODI leg of the tour, which took place before the ICC Cricket World Cup. Though many back them to shine in the Test matches, Bangladesh have also been solid at home. Here is the statistical preview of the series.

Bangladesh Faces New Zealand in First Test

The first Test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand is scheduled to start on Tuesday, 28 November 2023 at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet. This will be the first of the two-match series, which is part of the World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle.

Both teams are coming from contrasting wins in their previous series. New Zealand whitewashed Sri Lankan while Bangladesh thrashed Afghanistan 1-0 at home. New Zealand is also the reigning world champion in the longest format, while Bangladesh is ranked ninth in the ICC Test rankings.

When:- Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Tuesday, 28 November to 2nd December 2023, 03:30 pm GMT.

Where:- Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet.

What to expect:-  Sylhet has historically been one of the most spin-friendly venue in Bangladesh and the slow tracks have magnified the threat of Bangladesh’s spinners. However, the early news from the venue is that the track does have a bit of green to it, which isn’t entirely surprising as a rank turner could be playing into New Zealand’s hands. It should still be a slow surface with a low bounce. The weather forecast for the week isn’t encouraging and intermittent showers could be on the radar.

Team News

Bangladesh:-

Bangladesh will be without their regular captain Shakib Al Hasan, who is still recovering from a finger injury. Najmul Hossain Shanto will lead the side in his absence who is Bangladesh’s highest run-getter in Test cricket this year. Shanto will have the services of Mushfiqur Rahim who has smashed 442 runs against NZ in nine Test matches at an average of 34. Bangladesh will rely on their spinners, especially Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who is the leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2023. They will also hope that their frontline batsmen, such as Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mominul Haque, and Mushfiqur Rahim, can step up and perform in challenging conditions. Left-arm spinner Morad earned his first call-up while uncapped players like Shahadat and Hasan have also been included in the squad.

Bangladesh’s squad for the Test series:-

Najmul Hossain Shanto (captain), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Naeem Hasan, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, Hasan Murad.

Bangladesh’s Probable playing11 for First Test:

Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Najmul Shanto(c), Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan(wk), Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, K Ahmed, Hasan Murad.

New Zealand:-

New Zealand’s lineup sees the return of Rachin Ravindra, a standout performer in the recently concluded ODI World Cup in India. Ravindra, who last played a test in January 2022 against Bangladesh, is set to make a comeback. The squad features a strong spin group, with four specialist spinners and two spin-bowling all-rounders. The squad also includes Kyle Jamieson, who was the player of the match in the World Test Championship final against India in June 2021. The squad is expected to face challenging conditions in Bangladesh, where the hosts have been formidable at home.

New Zealand’s squad for the Test series:-

Tim Southee (captain), Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Kane Williamson, Will Young, Neil Wagner.

New Zealand’s Probable playing11 for First Test:-

Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee (c), Neil Wagner, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi.

The match will be a test of character and skill for both teams, as they look to start the new year on a positive note.

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