The series is on the line in Christchurch with the visitors leading 1-0
New Zealand will have some areas to worry about. Their much-vaunted fast bowling group didn’t quite attack the stumps as they would have wanted. Tim Southee and Jamieson had a difficult outing. Rachin Ravindra toiled but it was quite clear that they missed Ajaz Patel’s confidence.
Batting-wise, the collapses in both innings is cause for concern. Perhaps they are missing Kane Williamson but the likes of Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls and Devon Conway are a fine combination to have in a batting line-up.
Expect New Zealand to hit back in Christchurch. Bangladesh are, again, the underdogs despite winning the first game. People at home are really pleased that they could beat such a great home team. And more success may yet be on the horizon if, as Mominul said, they can stick to what they do best and be positive about it.
(Last five completed matches; most recent first)
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In the spotlight
Mominul Haque won the praise of many senior figures in Bangladesh cricket for his tenacity during tough times, and for motivating a young team to a great win in Mount Maunganui. Mominul’s contribution with the bat was also significant, top scoring with 88, ensuring they got out of tight spots and thrived.
There was some talk of resting either Southee or Trent Boult even after the first Test defeat but it still seems unlikely. They do have Matt Henry in the squad.
New Zealand (probable): 1 Tom Latham (capt), 2 Will Young, 3 Devon Conway, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Shadman Islam, 2 Fazle Mahmud/Mohammad Naim, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque (capt), 5 Mushfiqur Rahim, 6 Liton Das (wk), 7 Yasir Ali, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Shoriful Islam/Abu Jayed, 11 Ebadot Hossain
Pitch and conditions
The first-innings average score at Hagley Oval over the past five years is 263. New Zealand have lost only one Test in their last eight at this venue, since 2016. Weather forecast has dry conditions for the first three days, with showers likely on the fourth and fifth.
Stats and trivia
- This is the first time Bangladesh are back for a Test match in Christchurch since the attacks of 2019. They did, however, play a one-dayer there in 2021.
- Ebadot’s bowling average dropped from 81.54 to 56.55 after his seven wickets in the Mount Maunganui Test.
- Devon Conway became the sixth batter to make hundreds in their first Test at home and abroad. The last man was Michael Clarke in 2004.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84