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New Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st Test Match Preview

There’s no Shakib Al Hasan to start with, while pacer Mushfiqur Rahim is under another injury cloud and Opener Tamim Iqbal’s just been found out with a swing in his worst ODI series in years.

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Bangladesh vs New Zealand 1st test 2019

Bangladesh Lions have played seven Tests in New Zealand so far, and lost them all. Wellington, in 2017, was one of them, heartbreakingly coming after a gigantic, odd-defying first-innings effort of 595 for 8 declared. A silver lining then, the innings should have served Bangladesh’s hopes well this time around, but it falls short.

There’s no Shakib Al Hasan to start with, while pacer Mushfiqur Rahim is under another injury cloud and Opener Tamim Iqbal’s just been found out with a swing in his worst ODI series in years. The three were major players in that innings in Wellington and Bangladesh find themselves freshly vulnerable after they got a chastening 3-0 loss in the ODIs. The conditions in Test cricket are going to be more and more hostile, with Tim Southee and Trent Boult running in with the possibility of doing that to you all day.

However, New Zealand hasn’t historically been as impenetrable but their new-found confidence of being the number-two ranked side in the world should hold them in good stead.

Playing XI: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadat Hossain/Abu Jayed

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