Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2nd Test 2008: Middle order batting line the main problem?

New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2nd and last Test is now the most expected match to all in both cricket fans. This match will start from 12th January, 2008. It will take place at Basin Reserve, Wellington. It will begin at 11:00 local time and 22:00 GMT time. Host New Zealand team is now leading the Test series by 1-0 after winning the first Test by 9 wickets inside three days. Chasing the 35 runs in the second innings, New Zealand team reached the winning side before tea.

Bangladeshi new coach Jamie Siddons has admitted that lack of consistency from the middle-order batsmen is the main reason of early defeat. Jamie Siddons is happy about opening pair Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddique who shared an opening stand of 161 without any lose. Being a nice start Bangladesh team captured after Tamim’s dismissal. Coach also blamed the players for more shots from the middle order.

Four start players Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Habibul Bashar and Shahriar Nafees could not show any resistance against Kiwi bowlers. Most of the players played many strike shot that is not necessary in Test cricket. Test cricket is all about patients. If you lose your patients you will get out.

It is encouraging that openers are in good form. Siddons is targeting improvements middle order to make big score against host New Zealand team.

Bangladesh team is full of new constellation. So, I think these new constellations need some time to involve with the game professionally.

I want to finish this article to say a quote of New Zealand former captain Stephen Flaming. He said that Bangladesh can do anything in their day. And if New Zealand team loses their consistency then young players can make any accident. So be careful about this team.

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