The second T-20 match between New Zealand and Bangladesh is on tomorrow at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. This is one of the newer grounds in New Zealand, located in the picturesque surroundings of the Pacific Coast. By all indications, this is a batting friendly wicket. In the only T-20 match held here so far, New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by three runs in a high-scoring thriller. The hosts will be looking for a much easier win against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, must be striving hard to stay alive in the series. Having lost the first T-20 match rather tamely, they will be looking for a more spirited performance in this match. Is there any hope of putting your money on Bangladesh in cricket betting? Conventional wisdom suggests no – an emphatic NO. But this is T-20 cricket, and as they say, anything can happen. A good bowling performance from Mustafizur Rahman or some sensational stroke play from Tamim Iqbal could tilt the match in visitors’ favour.
Preview – New Zealand
The inexperienced New Zealand bowlers stuck to their task in the first T-20 to restrict Bangladesh to a paltry 141. Lockie Ferguson, Ben Wheeler and Mitchell Santner were especially impressive. Their top order batsmen did suffer a meltdown, though. But skipper Kane Richardson guided them to safety in the company of Colin de Grandhomme. The Kiwi batsmen look capable of scoring in excess of 160 on this ground. The team’s current form must attract punts in favour of them in cricket betting.
Preview – Bangladesh
It is up to the Bangladesh batsmen. They need to score 180 plus if they are batting first. If they are chasing, they must be prepared to chase a big total as well. Mustafizur Rahman bowled well in the previous match. But he did not get any support from the other bowlers. Bangladesh players must wake up now to justify their fans’ unwavering support towards them.
If Bangladesh must win any of the matches on this tour, it is this. But it looks unlikely. If you are truly adventurous only, place your cricket betting money on Bangladesh.
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