The third and final Test between New Zealand vs Bangladesh was abandoned after the terror attack at Christchurch in which 50 people were killed.
Mushfiqur Rahim was likely to return to the Bangladesh side if they face New Zealand in the third and the final Test starting on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. New Zealand has already won the three-match Test series 2-0 and they would be aiming for nothing less than a series whitewash while Bangladesh would hope to end the series on a high note winning the final game.
NZ v BANG 3rd Test broadcast details
Star Sports Select 1 will broadcast NZ v BANG 3rd Test live in India. Gazi TV (GTV) will televise the match live in Bangladesh while Sky Sports NZ will telecast the final Test in New Zealand. Hotstar will stream the match live in the Indian subcontinent.
Concerns of Tamim’s injury
Mushfiqur Rahim, who missed the first two Tests due to his wrist injury is expected to return to the side for the final game. It is still not sure if he would don the gloves or not, but the experienced batsmen could be brought back in the middle-order. According to the Cricbuzz report, Tamim Iqbal’s injury got aggravated while he was at the practice session prior to the Test. The opening batsman is the leading run-scorer for the visitors in the side and it is expected that the team management won’t risk him ahead of the World Cup preparations.
Tom Blundell called up as the cover of BJ Watling
Kane Williamson had an injury in the previous game and the Cricbuzz report suggests that the skipper hasn’t fully recovered from the injury. Considering that this game will be a dead rubber, the team management could rest him and bring Will Young, who is also part of the squad. On the other hand, BJ Watling also sustained an injury during the previous Test and Tom Blundell has been called up into the team as a cover for him. Barring these two, Blackcaps don’t really have any concern with an injury of form.
The Hagley Oval pitch has a touch of the grass always on it which assists the pacers with the new ball. Over the course of time, it has been seen that the wicket gets slightly better for batting as the game progresses and that won’t be a lot different Bangladesh and New Zealand contest in the dead rubber from Saturday. There are heavy rains expected on the first day but the weather will eventually get better from the second day. The overcast conditions may suit the Kiwi bowlers.