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Match Preview – New Zealand vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh in NZ 2020/21, 3rd T20I

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New Zealand are about to end their all-win home summer that has stretched seven series. They have hosted 21 international matches, the most by any country since the Covid-19 pandemic. It is regarded as an administrative success, particularly given their country’s stringent quarantine protocols. The only dampener is likely to be the rain in the forecast in Auckland for the season finale, the third T20I against Bangladesh.

A major strength for New Zealand has been their newcomers turning in superb contributions even after they have been put under pressure. In the second T20I in Napier, it was Glenn Phillips whose unbeaten half-century got them out of trouble and into a total that proved too much for Bangladesh amid confusion over the DLS-determined target. Daryl Mitchell helped Phillips in an unbroken 62-run sixth-wicket stand that came off just 27 balls.

In the first match, it was Devon Conway and debutant Will Young who got them into a position of strength. New Zealand will also be pleased with how Ish Sodhi has continued his good form throughout the summer despite playing only T20Is. During the ongoing T20I series in particular, Tim Southee’s captaincy has also stood out.

Come the third and final T20I on Thursday, they wouldn’t mind Martin Guptill getting a big score as he has been in threatening form since the ODI series against Bangladesh with his quick starts. Finn Allen, too, would be eyeing a sizeable score having made just 17 across two innings so far in this series. There’s going to be an opportunity to see who among Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson and Hamish Bennett get to pair up in Auckland.



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Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI 2021

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Sanju Samson was ruled out with sprained ligament in his knee

Toss Sri Lanka chose to bat vs India

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat in the first ODI against India – new captain Dasun Shanaka citing the Khettarama ground’s history of favouring teams that batted first.
Both teams handed debuts to aggressive middle-order batters. Ishan Kishan plays an ODI for India for the first time, while Bhanuka Rajapaksa makes his ODI debut for Sri Lanka. Kishan will also keep wicket.

Both teams also have a legspinner (Yuzvendra Chahal for India, Wanindu Hasaranga for Sri Lanka), and a left-arm wristspinner (Kuldeep Yadav and Lakshan Sandakan). Sri Lanka’s frontline seam attack comprises Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, and Chamika Karunaratne, while India have picked Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar, with Hardik Pandya in support.

In a possible injury blow to India, wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson has sprained a ligament in his knee, and his participation in the rest of the series remains a doubt. The BCCI said: “The medical team is tracking his progress at the moment.”

The weather is not expected to interrupt the match.

Sri Lanka: 1 Avishka Fernando, 2 Minod Bhanuka (wk), 3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Isuru Udana, 10 Lakshan Sandakan, 11 Dushmantha Chameera

India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Ishan Kishan (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf



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Recent Match Report – Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI 2021

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Ryan Burl and Timycen Maruma ruled out due to injuries; Bangladesh unchanged

Zimbabwe choose to bat vs Bangladesh

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor decided to bat first in the second ODI against Bangladesh in Harare. However, his counterpart Tamim Iqbal said it was a good toss to lose.

Taylor’s decision was based on the fact that he didn’t want to give his young players the pressure of chasing a total.

Zimbabwe have brought in Sikandar Raza and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, who would be opening the innings with Tadiwanashe Marumani. They had to leave out Ryan Burl and Timycen Maruma due to injuries, while Bangladesh remained unchanged from their win in the previous match.

The hosts have also pushed Regis Chakabva up to No. 3 after he made a half-century in the first ODI.

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Liton Das (wk), 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mohammad Mithun, 5 Mosaddek Hossain, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Afif Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Shoriful Islam

Zimbabwe: 1 Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, 2 Tadiwanashe Marumani, 3 Regis Chakabva (wk), 4 Brendan Taylor (capt), 5 Dion Myers, 6 Sikandar Raza, 7 Wesley Madhevere, 8 Luke Jongwe, 9 Blessing Muzarabani, 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Richard Ngarava

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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The pair speak about trust, communication, and their telepathic understanding between the wickets

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have now put on 429 runs as a T20I first-wicket partnership, at an average of 53.62 and a run rate of 9.36 per over. That’s the highest average of all 46 pairs that have opened for Pakistan, and the highest scoring rate of any of those pairs that have batted together at least five times. They’ve put on two century stands now, the latest being Saturday’s 150 in just 14.4 overs.

Before Rizwan, Azam was part of a long-standing partnership with Fakhar Zaman, with whom he opened 19 times and added 489 runs at an average of 25.73 and a run rate of 7.99, with a highest stand of 72. Since they began opening together, both Azam and Rizwan have enjoyed tremendous returns in T20Is: Rizwan is Pakistan’s highest T20I run-getter this year, with 593 runs at an average of 98.83 and a strike rate of 142.89, with Azam has scored 439 runs at 39.90 and 135.07.

Their 150-run stand on Saturday set Pakistan up for their highest T20I total ever – 232 for 6 – and eventually a 31-run win in the first T20I against England, a stunning reversal of fortunes following a 3-0 ODI series defeat against a second-string home team. Having just put on the second-highest partnership for any wicket by a Pakistan pair, both Rizwan and Azam shared their insights in a PCB video.

“We discussed while going in that we would have a look at the pitch, how it behaved, and at what pace the ball would come [onto the bat],” Azam said. “We took one or two overs [to get our eye in], and I began to charge, because my shots were coming off nicely, but Rizwan bhai, I thought, was struggling for a few balls, so I was conscious of not adding any extra pressure on him. We spoke about having to score 10 an over, 8 an over, because it would be easier for the incoming batsmen if we put on a good, long partnership.”

Rizwan then chipped in with his impressions of the partnership’s strengths. “The key thing about our partnership is that whenever one of us looks to start power-hitting, we go and ask our partner. So we get the confidence that the non-striker has backed our instinct, and I know that the captain (Azam) has given me his inputs, or vice-versa, on whether this is the time for power-hitting or it isn’t, and that eases the situation for both of us.”

One of the metrics of trust between the two is Rizwan’s record of run-outs – which he insists was a major issue for him earlier in his career. “I’ve been run-out 8 or 10 times earlier on, but my understanding with him is really good – his calling is much better than mine.”

For the record, Rizwan was run-out six times in 64 innings in all international cricket until the end of 2020. This year, he’s not been run out even once in 24 innings.

Azam says the pair doesn’t even need to call while running between the wickets.

“We have a belief in each other, that whenever [the ball] goes in the gap, we can run two,” Azam said. “Sometimes we don’t even call, and start running with just a signal from the eyes.”

Saturday’s partnership didn’t get off to the most fluent of starts, with both batters enduring early troubles against David Willey before settling in to score 49 in the powerplay. It took until the 12th over for Pakistan to hit their first six, but that triggered an avalanche, with the innings eventually going on to contain 12 sixes, equalling Pakistan’s previous highest six-count, against Bangladesh in 2007.

“Willey was getting swing early on and our plan was to play him carefully, but we picked up a few boundaries after the second over, and that gave us confidence and momentum,” Azam said. “Our plan after that was to keep going at 10 an over regardless of anything, whether that meant me taking a chance or Rizwan.”



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