When Bangladesh plays New Zealand in the second ODI match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday, the team’s goal is to seize the series lead, according to BSS.
Live coverage of the match, which begins at 2 PM, will be provided by T Sports and GTV.
Due to the intense rain on Thursday, the opening game was cancelled. Therefore, by winning the game, both clubs will strive to have a head start in the series.
Bangladesh got the upper hand against New Zealand when the first game had to be abandoned due to weather; they had reduced the visitors to 136-5 in 33.4 overs. Due to a brief rainstorm, the match had previously been shortened to 42 over.
The performance of the Bangladeshi bowlers was commendable, and in particular, Mustafizur Rahman’s performance allowed the team management to breathe a sigh of relief. In the absence of the team’s preferred bowling lineup, Mustafizur, who had recently found himself occupying a bench position frequently, stepped up to the plate.
In his seven overs, he claimed 3-27 while slicing the top order of the Kiwis. His death over technique was efficient as it was, but there was a lot of worry about his new ball technique, which he somewhat allayed by taking two wickets during the power play.
He doesn’t typically take wickets with the new ball, in fact. Prior to today, he has only accomplished this four times in 90 ODI innings, with the most recent occurrence occurring in January 2021, 20 months ago.
“Fizz (Mustafizur) has been working hard for the last month or so, to try to find some rhythm with the new ball. He has worked hard with (fast-bowling coach) Allan Donald. You can see the fruits, and it is coming along at the right time before the World Cup,” Nic Pothas, the Bangladesh assistant coach who is supervising the Tigers in this series in absence of Chandika Hathurusingha showed his excitement at Mustafizur’s new ball skill.
“We are very happy for him. We know his death-bowling credentials. You can wake him up at 3 o’clock in the morning to bowl death overs, and he will do them with the best in the world,” Nic Pothas added.
Lockie Ferguson, the captain of New Zealand, was pleased with how the batsmen were performing on the slow pitch. After being given the opportunity to bat first, the visitors were reduced to 16-2, but courtesy to a 97-run combination between Will Young and Henry Nicholls, they managed to put up a fight in a nation where they haven’t won an ODI match since 2008.