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A big chance for the Tigers as inexperienced T20I squad announced by NZ due to IPL 2021

In international cricket, the Bangladesh cricket team is now touring New Zealand for the ODI and T20I bilateral series. 3 ODIs and 3 T20I matches have been featured in the series. New Zealand have won all 3 matches of the ODI series. The two teams will meet in the first T20I match of the series on March 28 at the Seddon Park Stadium in Hamilton. The 2nd and 3rd T20 matches of the series will be played at McLean Park in Napier on March 30 and at Eden Park on April 1 in Auckland respectively.

Bangladesh and New Zealand have met in a total of 7 T20I matches since 2010. Where New Zealand has won all the 7 matches. Bangladesh was whitewashed by New Zealand in the last T20I series in January 2017. They confronted each other for 3 matches in the series. The Black Caps won all 3 matches.

Bangladesh won the last 2-match T20I series that they played, defeating visiting Zimbabwe (2-0). New Zealand, on the other hand, won their last 5-match T20 series by defeating visiting Australia (3-2).

With the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 set to begin on April 9, the Kiwis have left six key players out of the T20I squad. Regular players including Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, James Neesham, and Tim Seifert have been rested. However, 2 speed-stars Lockie Ferguson and Adam Milne have returned to the team after recovering from injuries. Finn Allen and Will Young have also been named to the T20I squad for the first time.

Bangladesh could never beat New Zealand in New Zealand. However, this time Bangladesh has a big chance to win the series by defeating the inexperienced New Zealand team on their soil. Although New Zealand is ahead in terms of statistics, the players of the Bangladesh team have become strong with confidence after winning the last T20I series. However, this time the Kiwis are playing on home soil, they will surely try their best to make the series memorable like every other time.

It is notable that New Zealand is ranked 5th and Bangladesh is ranked 8th in the ICC T20I team rankings. So both teams are needed to work hard in this series to build a stronger position in the points table.

T20I Squad:

New Zealand – Tim Southee (c), Todd Astle, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne, Glenn Phillips, Will Young, Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Ish Sodhi

Bangladesh – Tamim Iqbal (c), Afif Hossain, Al Amin Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Liton Das, Mahedi Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Mithun, Naim Sheikh, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Rubel Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed

T20I match schedule for New Zealand and Bangladesh:
1st T20I – 28 March, Seddon Park (Hamilton), 07:00 (GMT+6)
2nd T20I – 30 March, McLean Park (Napier), 12:00 (GMT+6)
3rd T20I – 01 April, Eden Park (Auckland), 12:00 (GMT+6)

After the debacle in the ODI series, Bangladesh is ready to take on the depleted New Zealand side in T20Is. Predict the winner of the match and place bets on!

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