Ahead of the crucial third T20I, the visitors would be buoyed by the batting unit’s improved show, especially Latham. On a slightly better surface for batting, the left-handed batsman latched on to anything short from Bangladesh’s pacemen to collect boundaries. He also adapted to the slow nature of the pitch by pinching singles and twos. However, on the flip side, Will Young is the only other New Zealand batter who has reached the 20-run mark in the series so far. Among the bowlers, the spin trio of Rachin Ravindra, Ajaz Patel and Cole McConchie has shared eight wickets. Ravindra, the all-rounder, impressed in the second game by snaring a three-for.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s spinners alongside Mustafizur Rahman have continued to power the side to victories on spin-friendly surfaces. If anything, in the second game, after a consistent show over a slew of games, Mustafizur struggled a bit for control and ended up even bowling a high full toss in the final over of New Zealand’s innings. Bangladesh’s second consecutive win was also due to Mahmudullah’s unbeaten hand of 37 and his timely, unbeaten stand of 32 with Nurul Hasan. The Bangladesh skipper, who also compiled vital hands versus Australia, would look to continue his good run.
When: Sunday, September 5 at 4.00 PM local time
Where: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
What to expect: Another spin-friendly track, with the conditions offering grip for the slow bowlers. Unfortunately, rain showers are expected through the course of the day.
Bangladesh: For the third match in a row, Bangladesh could be tempted to play the same XI, with Mohammad Siafuddin’s fine show against Australia and in the second game versus New Zealand helping him to retain his place.
Probable XI:Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin Nasum Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman.
New Zealand: If Finn Allen and Matt Henry are available for selection, New Zealand could bring them into the set-up.
Probable XI: Rachin Ravindra, Tom Blundell/Finn Allen, Tom Latham (c and wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Cole McConchie, Doug Bracewell, Ajaz Patel, Ben Sears/Matt Henry, Hamish Bennett,
What they said:
“It was a great game. For us to learn from the first game, I thought we did that. We weren’t quite as good with the ball today but we bowled quite well at the top,” Latham said in the presentation ceremony after the second T20I.