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Match Preview – New Zealand vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh in NZ 2020/21, 3rd ODI

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At the crack of dawn on Bangladesh’s 50th Independence Day, there is hope that the cricket team in New Zealand will deliver a performance that matches the grand occasion. Many fans back home will be hoping that when they wake up on Friday, Bangladesh will be going toe-to-toe with New Zealand in Wellington.

After New Zealand’s middle order led them to a series win in the second ODI in Christchurch, this game has got the status of a dead rubber. But in the age of the ODI Super League, every match counts and Bangladesh will be hoping to get the ten points out of New Zealand at any cost. The home side, however, will be boosted by the return of Ross Taylor, who passed a fitness test after missing the first two matches.

Taylor will be a welcome addition to the middle order. In Christchurch, New Zealand were reduced to 53 for 3 before Tom Latham and Devon Conway revived their flagging chase. The third-wicket pair added 113 runs, before Latham took it upon himself to complete the chase with his fifth ODI hundred – his third unbeaten effort in successful chases.

Latham later also acknowledged Jimmy Neesham and Daryl Mitchell for their help during the chase, as he added 76 for the fifth wicket with Neesham and the final 33 runs with newcomer Mitchell. Latham was lucky too, having been dropped on 58, minutes after Neesham was also dropped on three.

Bangladesh would go on to rue these missed chances, which overshadowed a much-improved batting performance earlier in the game. Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mithun made half-centuries at different points in the innings to help the side reach 271. Iqbal was patient in his 78 off 108 balls, as he saw off New Zealand’s initial burst of pace with a struggling Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim. But after Iqbal was run out through Neesham’s nifty footwork, Mithun blazed six fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 73.

The Bangladesh bowlers, however, couldn’t translate their first big score into victory. They were perhaps a bit too impatient towards the latter part of the New Zealand chase, particularly after Rahim dropped Neesham’s regulation edge. For a long time in the match however, offspinners Mahedi Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz kept asking questions, which forced Latham and Conway to be more conservative.

Bangladesh have to put up another big score on a tricky pitch against a superb bowling attack, but Iqbal and the rest of the batsmen have shown that they have the ability to do the job in New Zealand.

Form guide

(Last five completed matches)

New Zealand WWLWW
Bangladesh LLWWW

In the spotlight

Martin Guptill has looked threatening in the first two ODIs but has only scored 58 runs so far. At the Basin Reserve, he will be expected to fulfill expectations from this series and reprise his century against Pakistan in the last ODI played at this venue three years ago.

Mohammad Mithun broke free of a pattern of low-scores with a scintillating 73 off 57 balls in Christchurch. Mithun played some audacious shots too, which was a contrast from his usually conservative approach in the middle order. Perhaps he can make this new avatar his own.

Team news

Ross Taylor’s availability means Will Young is unlikely to play. New Zealand also have Tim Southee in their squad if they wish to rest Trent Boult.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Henry Nicholls, 3 Devon Conway, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (capt & wk), 6 James Neesham, 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Kyle Jamieson, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Trent Boult/Tim Southee

Bangladesh are unlikely to break the combination that pushed the hosts in the second ODI, although Mustafizur Rahman‘s hamstring remains a question mark until the toss on Friday.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Liton Das, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Pitch and conditions

The Basin Reserve dished out a green-top in the Test between New Zealand and West Indies last December. It is unlikely to be so extreme on Friday, with sides batting first averaging 280-plus in the last ten years.

Stats and trivia

  • The Basin Reserve has hosted only three ODIs in the last ten years, and this is its first in more than three years.
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mahedi Hasan made their first-class debuts for Khulna Division in the same match in 2015. Mahedi is three years older than the 23-year old Miraz, who is, however, the senior cricketer with 83 international matches compared to Mahedi’s six.

Quotes

“We had a bit of luck to go our way in the last game, and I am sure Bangladesh will want to finish the ODI series on a high note.”
New Zealand’s most experienced batsman Ross Taylor remains wary of Bangladesh’s ability

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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ICC Test rankings – Sri Lanka’s Praveen Jayawickrama bursts into top 50 after 11-wicket haul on debut

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Dimuth Karunaratne has edged closer to a top-ten spot following his 118 and 66 in second Test against Bangladesh

Praveen Jayawickrama‘s 11 for 178 in Sri Lanka’s 209-run win over Bangladesh in their second Test in Pallekele has helped him enter the ICC Test bowlers’ rankings at No. 48. Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 118 and 66 in that game, moved up from No. 15 to No. 11.

Twenty-two-year-old Jayawickrama’s match haul was the best by a Sri Lankan on Test debut. He took 6 for 92 in the first innings as Bangladesh were bowled out for 251 in response to the home side’s 493 for 7 declared. And then, when Bangladesh were chasing 437 for an unlikely victory, Jayawickrama chipped in with 5 for 86.



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Alan Igglesden raises funds for Professional Cricketers’ Trust after two-decade battle with brain tumour

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Family of former England seamer speak about struggles since inoperable diagnosis in 1999

The family of Alan Igglesden, the former Kent and England seamer, has released a film to raise funds and awareness for the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, 22 years after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour that has dominated his life since 1999.

Igglesden, who was a mainstay of Kent’s bowling line-up between 1986 and 1998, claimed 693 wickets across first-class and List A cricket, eight of which came during his seven appearances for England, including three Tests between 1989 and 1994.

In 1999, one year after making his final appearance at Canterbury and at just 34 years of age, Igglesden suffered an epileptic fit whilst playing minor counties cricket for Berkshire. An MRI scan revealed a tumour the size of a junior cricket ball, and he would never play professional cricket again.

In the years since his diagnosis, Igglesden has been receiving pioneering treatment, which has shrunk the tumour to the size of a golf ball, and for a time he was able to teach sport at schools in both Kent and Apperley Bridge near Leeds, close to where he now lives with his wife Liz, and seven-year old daughter Beth.

He suffered setbacks in his recovery in 2009, and again in 2015 and 2016, when the tumour showed signs of resuming its growth. But the family’s life was turned upside down in 2018, when he suffered the first of two major strokes in the space of three years, which have left him increasingly unable to speak or walk.



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Bangladesh-Sri Lanka ODI series to be held in Dhaka

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Sri Lanka will arrive in Dhaka on May 16, shortly after the Eid ul Fitr weekend, and complete a three-day quarantine

The upcoming three-match ODI series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be held at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, the BCB has announced.

The matches, part of the ICC’s ODI Super League, will be held on May 23, 25 and 28, within a bio-bubble stretching between the team hotel and the ground.

Sri Lanka will arrive in Dhaka on May 16, shortly after the Eid ul Fitr weekend, and complete a three-day quarantine. Their first practice session will be on May 19 at the National Cricket Academy ground, adjacent to the stadium. The visitors will then play a practice match at the BKSP on May 21. At the conclusion of the ODI series on May 28, the Sri Lankan team will depart on the following day.

This will be Bangladesh’s third ODI series within the ICC’s World Cup qualifying campaign. They are currently in sixth place, having beaten the West Indies 3-0 at home in January, but lost to New Zealand 3-0 in in March. Sri Lanka lost to West Indies 3-0 last month, are now in 12th place.

The two teams only last week played out their final World Test Championship series, which Sri Lanka won 1-0 after a 209-run win over Bangladesh in Pallekele.

Sri Lanka will become the second international team to arrive in Bangladesh since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The BCB successfully hosted West Indies in January-February this year, in a three-ODI and two-Test series in Dhaka and Chattogram.

This will however be a different situation, since Bangladesh are in the middle of a strong second wave of Covid-19 cases. The country has been under a lockdown since April 5. The international flight suspension ended on May 1, but the country’s lockdown has been extended till May 16.

Bangladesh will be without their fast-bowling coach Ottis Gibson, with the team opting to use a local coach instead.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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