Shot at yet another slice of history for Bangladesh

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A victory in the second T20I will give the visitors their first ever T20I series win in New Zealand
A victory in the second T20I will give the visitors their first ever T20I series win in New Zealand © AFP

Bangladesh created history on December 23, 2023 when they registered their maiden ODI win in New Zealand.

Bangladesh created history on December 27, 2023 when they secured their first ever T20I win in New Zealand

And now, Bangladesh want to create history on December 29, 2023 by securing their first-ever T20I series win in New Zealand.

The way the tour is rolling along for them, these hopes aren't be too fanciful. And in Mount Maunganui, the venue of their first-ever international (Test) win in the country and that of their next contest, they have happy memories anyway. It's been a year of progressive results for them in the shortest format, having won more than lost, and they would be looking to cap it off on a merry note irrespective of its low consequence otherwise.

The young team led by Najmul Hossain Shanto showed a lot of fight and freshness in its win over a near first-string New Zealand side in the first ODI, disciplined with both and ball, and that's a feature they would want to replicate on Friday as well.

Nic Pothas, Bangladesh's assistant coach, has left a cautionary message though. "When you are saying it's a high possibility you are talking about beating one of the best teams in the world. Don't think you can look at that way at all."

Can they create history or can they not? Will we witness history or will we not? Answers on Friday, possibly.

When: Friday, December 29, 2023, 07:10 PM (Local Time)

Where: New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 2nd T20I, Mount Maunganui

What to expect: There is a bit of rain predicted, but it remains to be seen how much of it affects the game. But it could lead to possible changes in the XI and dictate the team's decision at the toss.

Team News:

New Zealand: There could be a temptation to bring in the in-form Rachin Ravindra back in the XI

Probable XI: Tim Seifert, Finn Allen, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Philips, James Neesham, Mark Chapman/Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ben Sears

Bangladesh: The visitors would look to go unchanged for this game

Probable XI: Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Najmul Shanto, Rony Talukdar, Towhid Hridoy, Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Tanzim Sakib, Shoriful Islam, Rishad Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

What they said

If this team can get left alone for a period of two-three years and you have faith in them, they have shown you already what they can do. The biggest danger is chopping and changing the team when everytime a batter walks into bat that he feels it is his last innings - Nic Pothas, Bangladesh assistant coach




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