New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2021: Three New Zealand players to watch out for in T20I series
Host New Zealand will be facing Bangladesh in a three-match T20I series, starting from March 28 in Hamilton. The remaining of the two games will be played at Napier and Auckland on 30th March and 1st April.
Kane Williamson missed the one-day series against New Zealand due to elbow injury. The right-handed batsman will be rested for the T20I series so that he gets fully fit for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. Besides Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Seifert, Mitchell Santner and James Neesham will not be available for the T20I series as they will be flying to India to participate in this year’s Indian Premier League.
Uncapped Finn Allen, Will Young have been included in the T20 squad for the three-match series against Bangladesh.
Devon Conway will continue to be the first-choice wicket-keeper for the side in the T20 format. Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman and Daryl Mitchell are promising players included in the squad for the three-match series against Bangladesh. Pacer Tim Southee will lead the side for this home series.
Let’s take at the three New Zealand players to watch out for in the series who can deliver the goods with bat and ball against Bangladesh.
Pacer Tim Southee sat on the sidelines during the three-match one-day series against Bangladesh. With likes of Trent Boult and Kane Williamson rested for the T20I series, Tim Southee has been named captain of the side.
Since May 2019, Tim Southee has been a consistent performer for the side in the T20 format. In 22 T20I matches played, Southee has taken 26 wickets at an average of 25.92 at an economy rate of 8.12.
The 32-year old will be looking to make an impact with the bat in the forthcoming three-match T20I series against Bangladesh. Against Bangladesh, Southee has claimed six wickets in three outings at an average of 11.50.
As captain, Southee will be looking to lead from the front and help New Zealand cap off their home season on a winning note.
Opener Martin Guptill is one of the most experienced cricketers currently playing the T20 format. The experienced opener has been a regular for New Zealand in the T20 format. The 34-year old has been in excellent form this home summer and will be looking to continue his rich vein of form in the three-match T20I series.
Guptill has represented New Zealand in 99 T20Is in his career where he has scored 2,839 runs at an impressive average of 32.26 along with strike-rate of 136.22, which includes two centuries and seventeen half-centuries to his name.
Left-hander has been valuable find for New Zealand in white-ball cricket. Since making his debut for New Zealand last year, Devon Conway has been a consistent performer with the bat in the T20 format. He has produced outstanding numbers for New Zealand in T20Is, where he has scored 366 runs at an astonishing average of 52.28 along with a strike rate of 145.23, which included three half-centuries as well.