New Zealand vs Bangladesh Match Prediction – Who Will Win Today’s NZ vs BAN 3rd T20 2023

The second T20I encounter between New Zealand and Bangladesh was marred by relentless rain, resulting in only 11 overs of play. Bangladesh had clinched victory in the first T20I, securing an unassailable lead in the series. All eyes are now on the third and final T20I scheduled at Mount Maunganui on the last day of the year. While New Zealand will strive to level the series, Bangladesh is poised for a historic series win.

TournamentBangladesh tour of New Zealand, 2023
FormatT20
VenueBay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Toss PredictionTo Bowl
Date and Time (UTC)31 December 2023, 05:30

Teams Preview:

New Zealand:

In the truncated second T20I, New Zealand was at 72-2 after 11 overs when rain interrupted play. Tim Seifert’s explosive innings of 43 runs from 23 balls set the tone for the Kiwis. Daryl Mitchell, in superb form over the past few months, and the hard-hitting Glenn Phillips will be crucial in stabilizing the middle order. Phillips, having dominated the Bangladeshi bowlers in the recent Test tour, is anticipated to deliver a substantial performance.

Among the bowlers, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner have been consistent contributors. Southee, with 11 wickets in the last 8 matches at an economy of 7.92, and Santner, with 10 wickets at an impressive economy of 6.93, are the key figures in New Zealand’s bowling lineup.

Bangladesh:

Bangladesh displayed resilience in the second T20I after Tim Seifert’s onslaught, although the match could not be completed. Litton Das, the top-scorer in the first T20I with an unbeaten 42 off 36 balls, is expected to provide a solid start once again. Soumya Sarkar, riding high on confidence after a stellar ODI performance against New Zealand, is another batsman worth backing.

Skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto, despite a quiet tour, has the potential to make a significant impact in the final T20I. Bangladesh boasts a well-rounded bowling attack, with Shoriful Islam leading the pack with 4 wickets in 2 innings at an average of 10.50. Mahedi Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman have also been effective, securing 2 wickets each while maintaining economy rates.

Probable Playing XI

New Zealand Predicted Playing XIBangladesh Predicted Playing XI
Finn AllenSoumya Sarkar
Tim Seifert (wk)Litton Das (wk)
Daryl MitchellNajmul Hossain Shanto (c)
Glenn PhillipsRony Talukdar
Mark ChapmanTowhid Hridoy
James NeeshamAfif Hossain
Mitchell Santner (c)Mahedi Hasan
Adam MilneTanzim Hasan Sakib
Tim SoutheeShoriful Islam
Ish SodhiRishad Hossain
Ben SearsMustafizur Rahman

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Weather Conditions:

Mount Maunganui’s weather on the match day is anticipated to be cloudy, with intermittent rain and a possibility of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Such conditions can impact the dynamics of the game, introducing unpredictability and challenges for both teams. Teams winning the toss might be tempted to bowl first, considering the potential weather disruptions.

Venue Details – Bay Oval:

Known for its batsman-friendly pitch, Bay Oval is expected to offer another high-scoring game. The surface tends to favor batsmen, but as the match progresses, it may slow down, providing an opportunity for spinners to come into play. Seam bowlers could also find consistent assistance from the pitch.

The average first innings score at Bay Oval is 171, with the highest total recorded being 243-5 by New Zealand against West Indies in 2018. Teams batting first should target setting a competitive score around the 200-run mark to challenge their opponents.

Toss Prediction:

In the eight completed T20Is at Bay Oval, all have been won by the team batting first. However, the expected rain on the match day might influence the toss-winning captain to opt for bowling first, taking advantage of the weather conditions.

NZ vs BAN – Winning Prediction:

New Zealand boasts a strong T20I record against Bangladesh, but they are currently not at full strength. Bangladesh showcased their prowess in the first T20I and were competitive in the second match as well. The third T20I promises a tight contest, with the only potential concern for the Tigers being their batting performance.

New Zealand, hungry for a win, holds the upper hand on this batting-friendly pitch. The Kiwis have the batting firepower to capitalize on the conditions, making them the favorites in this encounter.

Prediction: New Zealand Will Win

Back New Zealand as the winners of this contest. The combination of their T20I track record against Bangladesh and the advantageous pitch conditions positions them as the team likely to emerge victorious in this exciting clash at Bay Oval.

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