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Tigers to play 1st  T-20 against NZ tomorrow

2 January 2017, 8:53:27

Sports Desk: Bangladesh will face New Zealand in the 1st match of their three-match T20I series at McLeanPark, Napier on Tuesday.

The match will open at 12 pm Bangladesh time.

This will be Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s 50th T20I and the Bangladesh team will be looking to seal their maiden victory against New Zealand in the T-20 format of cricket in their 5th meeting since 2010.

Mashrafe hoped that his side will avoid repeating errors they made in the ODI series where the hosts whitewashed Bangladesh by 3-0 margin.

As an experienced player, Shakib must look forward to regaining consistency for reviving the Tigers’ confidence in the three-match series.

Bangladesh and New Zealand last played a T20I in March 2016 in the World T20, India.

The Tigers are going to miss a few players from that squad. Mohammad Mithun and Al-Amin Hossain are not in the touring party while Mushfiqur Rahim is recovering from a hamstring injury. Taskin Ahmed and Imrul Kayes could take the place of Al-Amin and Mithun, while Mosaddek Hossain is likely to play ahead of Shuvagata Hom in the XI. The other face included in the best eleven is Taijul Islam.

Meanwhile, the home side formed a strong line-up, including uncapped batsman Tom Bruce, who has a strike rate of 156 in T20s, is expected to bolster the middle order with Corey Anderson and Colin Munro. All-rounder Ben Wheeler, who played six ODIs between June and August 2015, was picked in the squad along with Neil Broom, who was brought in as a replacement for injured Martin Guptill.

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