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NZ vs BAN 1st Test: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: New Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st Test (NZ vs BAN)

Date: January 1, Saturday  

Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

New Zealand are all set to host Bangladesh for a two-match Test series which is part of the 2023 World Test Championship. The first match of the Test series will be played from January 1 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. After being beaten by India 0-1 recently, the Kiwis will be hoping to get back to winning ways against the Tigers. In the absence of Kane Williamson, New Zealand will be led by Tom Latham. This will also be Ross Taylor’s last Test series before retirement.

The Blackcaps are yet to lose a game against Bangladesh at home, and have eight wins in their last 11 Tests, which includes the World Test Championship final against India. The last time when New Zealand played Bangladesh was in 2019, when they won by an innings and 12 runs.

For the visitors, getting the better of New Zealand away from home will be a huge challenge, especially after their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out of the tour due to an injury. Bangladesh are coming into this series on the back of a 2-0 defeat in the home Test series against Pakistan, and have won only won two of their last 14 Test matches. Those two wins came against a depleted Zimbabwe side.

Ahead of the first Test, let’s look at the head to head total of both the teams, the weather report, top fantasy picks and more.

Weather update and pitch report for NZ vs BAN 1st Test

The surface at Mount Maunganui provides a lot of assistance to the bowlers and the batters often toil hard on this surface. The pacers will enjoy swing early on in the game. The average first innings score on this wicket is 280. The teams batting second here have won 45% of the matches as compared to the 55% matches won by the team batting first.

As for the weather tomorrow, the temperature is expected to hover around 18-26°C. Humidity will be 55-60 % wind speed 14-17 km/hr.  

Bangladesh team news and predicted XI

Team news: The likes of Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim will be expected to score the bulk of the runs, while Taijul Islam will be Bangladesh’s main weapon in the bowling department. As aforementioned, Bangladesh have only won two of their last 14 Tests and will be looking to turn around things this time.

Predicted XI: Shadman Islam, Naim Sheikh, Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed

New Zealand team news and predicted XI

Team news: New Zealand’s strong pace attack may prove too good for the Bangladesh batters. The likes of Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson will be looking to make the most of the conditions on offer at home.

Predicted XI: Devon Conway, Tom Latham (c), Will Young, Tom Blundell (wk), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner

Head to head total

The two teams have played 15 Tests between them, of which New Zealand have won 12 while three games were a draw. Bangladesh have never beaten New Zealand in Test cricket history.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for NZ vs BAN 1st Test

Liton Das – Batter, Bangladesh

Liton Das was the second-highest run-scorer in the recent home Test series against Pakistan. In two Tests, hit 224 runs at an average of 56.00. The right-hander has played 46 Test innings for Bangladesh, from which he has 1453 runs at an average of 32.28. This includes a century and 10 fifties.

Taijul Islam – Bowler, Bangladesh

The spin bowler took 10 wickets in 2 Tests against Pakistan, but may not be as lethal in seaming conditions in New Zealand. Despite that, he is a good pick for your MPL team. The 29-year-old has emerged as one of Bangladesh’s best bowlers, having 144 wickets in 35 Tests. This includes seven four- wicket hauls, nine five-wicket hauls and a 10-wicket haul. 

Devon Conway – Batter, New Zealand

Devon Conway has made an excellent start to his Test career, scoring 379 runs in six innings at an average of 63.16. This includes a century and two fifties. Conway did not play the Test series against India; his last international assignment was the T20 World Cup where he put up some fine performances.

Tom Latham – Batter, New Zealand

Tom Latham is coming into the series on the back of some power-packed performances in both domestic and international cricket. Against India, Latham scored 95 and 52 in the first Test. Prior to that in October, he scored two back to back centuries in first-class cricket. In all, Latham has played 107 Test innings, from which he has 4219 runs at an average of 41.36. This includes 11 centuries and 22 fifties.

Kyle Jamieson – Bowler, New Zealand

In only 10 Tests so far, the tall and lanky pacer has grabbed 52 wickets, which include 5 five-wicket hauls and 1 ten-wicket haul. He has also fared decently with the bat, having more than 300 runs at an average of around 30. Against India most recently, Jamieson picked up six wickets in the first Test and will be looking to carry the same form into the series against Bangladesh.

MPL fantasy XI – NZ vs BAN 1st Test

New Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st Test: where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The New Zealand vs Bangladesh test series will be streamed on the Fancode app. You will need Fancode’s subscription – match pass and tour pass – for the same. The match will start at 3.20 AM IST on Saturday, January 1. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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