After sealing the test series in the second test, New Zealand is set to host the Bangladesh tigers for the third and final test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. The Blackcaps have been a superior force so far in this tour, while the visitors are still struggling to find their feet in New Zealand. In spite of a dead rubber game, both the teams will treat this contest as a preparation drill ahead of ICC World Cup.

New Zealand has clinched this test series riding on some back-to-back clinical performances. Ross Taylor followed Kane Williamson’s footsteps and scored a sensational double century at Wellington to take his side to another victory. Neil Wagner and Trent Boult ripped apart the Bangladesh batting lineup as the duo picked 16 wickets between them in the previous game. With the test series in their kitty, New Zealand would be eyeing for a series whitewash heading into the final match.

On the contrary, Bangladesh is having a terrible time so far as they still searching for their first victory in this tour. Having been hammered in the ODI series by 3-0, the visitors were expected to fight back in the test series. However, that was not the case, and Bangladesh also lost the test series in the first two games. With the ICC World Cup on sight, the visitors would be hoping to end this horrible tour on a winning note to gain some momentum. A consolation win against a quality opponent can do the sub-continent side a lot of good.

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Saturday, 16 March 2019

Time: 03:30 AM IST

Venue:  Hagley Oval, Christchurch

League: Bangladesh tour of New Zealand

Live Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar (Website, App)

 

 

Recent Form

Bangladesh- W, L, L, L, L

New Zealand- W, L, W, W, W

 

Ground Stats

Avg 1st inn score: 286

Avg 2nd inn score: 263

Avg 3rd inn score: 337

Avg 4th inn score: 169

Highest Total: 585/4 (153 Ov) by NZ vs SL

Lowest Total: 104/10 (41 Ov) by SL vs NZ

 

Team News

 

New Zealand

  • Tom Blundell can replace BJ Watling behind the wickets as the latter has some hamstring concerns.
  • Kane Williamson will miss the match following his shoulder injury.

Bangladesh

  •  Mushfiqur Rahim is still doubtful to feature in this fixture.

 

Squad

 

Bangladesh

Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed, Nayeem Hasan, Ebadat Hossain, Soumya Sarkar

New Zealand

Kane Williamson(c), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Will Young, Tom Blundell

 

Key Players 

 

Bangladesh

  • Tamim Iqbal
  • Mahmudullah
  • Soumya Sarkar

New Zealand

  • Ross Taylor
  • Tom Latham
  • Trent Boult

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Bangladesh – Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah (c), Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Shadman Islam, Mehidy Hasan.

New Zealand – Ross Taylor (c), Tim Southee, BJ Watling (wk), Neil Wagner, Will Young, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Matt Henry, Jeet Raval, Todd Astle

 

 

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