It will be a battle of pride versus dominance as the New Zealanders will be aiming to continue their dominance at home with a series whitewash, while Bangladesh, who had lost the first two Tests will play for their pride in the third and final test.
New Zealand has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Bangladesh has once again surrendered to Neil Wagner’s short bowl strategy as he ended with 9 wickets in the match, while Ross Taylor third double century also contributed to New Zealand’s success in the second test, helping the Blackcaps post a massive 432 in the first innings.
It will be interesting to see how Bangladesh prepares for Wagner’s short ball tactics and Boult’s pace and swing in the third Test as they have to play their guts off in order to come out triumphant in the third and final Test.
#1 Neil Wagner
Leave Boult and Southee, New Zealand Neil Wagner left-arm fast bowler Neil Wagner has become Bangladesh’s new headache. Twice in the series, Bangladesh has succumbed to Wagner’s short ball tactics. The left-hander has now taken 16 wickets in the series, of which, 15 have come from the same short ball formula. He will be our skipper in the eleven for the third and final test.
#2 Trent Boult
New Zealand mainstay bowler, Tent Boult has also been amongst the wickets in the series, continuing his dominance at home. Boult picked up seven wickets in the just-concluded Test and with the Christchurch a faster pitch, it will be tough to stop Boult from taking wickets in the third test as well.
#3 Tim Southee
Southee took only one wicket in the second Test in Wellington, however, you would not risk sidelining Southee for the final test as the right-hand bowler is still as potent a bowler for New Zealand as well. He claimed six wickets in the first Test and will be hoping for a similar performance in the third Test as well.
#4 Ross Taylor
After being missed out in the first Test, Ross Taylor has once again back amongst the run. Taylor, of late, has been in splendid form and it would the worst decision to not pick Taylor in your eleven. The right-hander scored his third double-century in Wellington, powering New Zealand to seal series 2-0.
#5 Tamim Iqbal
If Bangladesh is looking to expect a win in the third Test, Bangladesh best batsman in the current eleven, Tamim Iqbal has to play Taylor’s innings, otherwise, one would expect another defeat at the hands of Blackcaps as both teams will square up in the third test in Christchurch, beginning from Saturday.
Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed, Nayeem Hasan, Ebadat Hossain, Soumya Sarkar
Kane Williamson(c), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Will Young
Bangladesh Probable 11
Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah (c), Liton Das (wk), Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain
New Zealand Probable 11
Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Predicted Dream 11
- Tamim Iqbal
- Shadman Islam
- Ross Taylor
- Tom Lathom
- Taijul Islam
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Neil Wagner (C)
- Trent Boult (VC)
- Tim Southee
- Liton Daas
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