Visiting Bangladesh will be looking to register their first win in their ongoing tour of New Zealand when they take on the Kiwis in the second and penultimate game of the three-match Twenty20 international series at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Friday.
The national selectors have announced an unchanged squad for the second and third T20Is and Mashrafe bin Mortaza and his troop will no doubt eye a comeback at Bay Oval where Bangladesh have never played before.
The batting department has been the major concern for the Tigers. The tourists have suffered a series of batting collapses in all the three ODIs, along with the first T20I, and head coach Chandika Hathurusingha would desperately want a better show from his charges.
The opening batting pair of Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal need to provide a good start for the Tigers while Sabbir Rahman, who is going through a tough time with the bat, will be gearing to return to run-scoring ways.
Unlike the others however, Soumya Sarkar will be under tremendous pressure after the left-hander scored one and a duck so far in the New Zealand tour. The southpaw will definitely look to change the scenario and score some runs as quite a few questions have being raised regarding his place in the side.
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Tigers head coach Chandika Hathurusingha briefs Mahmudullah during training COURTESY
The senior cricketers in the shape of Shakib al Hasan and Mahmudullah will have to play a vital role in the middle-order while the former will once again lead the bowling department, along with Mashrafe.
On the other hand, the home side have made one change in the squad after Neil Broom suffered a fracture on his finger. Broom will be out of action for at least a week so George Worker comes to the side in his place.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson will be pumped up when he leads his team out at his home ground. He has form on his side after smashing an unbeaten match-winning knock of 73 runs in the first T20I. If his side are to seal the series on Friday, then Williamson, along with the in-form Colin de Grandhomme, must take up the batting responsibility again.
Meanwhile, the pitch at Bay Oval is expected to play on the slower side and the Tigers will look to cash in. The pitch might suit the visitors more, thanks to their several slow-bowling options, but with that said, the Tigers need to fire in all three departments if they are to have any hopes of squaring the series.