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New Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st Test Betting Tips 01/01/2022

Zohaib Ahmed, Senior Author

The opening Test between hosts New Zealand and visitors Bangladesh will begin from Jan 1 (Saturday) at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. The match is to start at 3:30 am IST.

Teams Status

New Zealand

Whenever these two sides meet, no matter what the location, the matches are never competitive, with the home side dominating from start to finish.

This series is being played in the Black Caps’ backyard and the visitors are once again depleted, which means we should again expect one-sided contests.

The Test world champs were recently beaten 1-0 in a Test series in India, so a thumping win would do their confidence a world of good. They will, however, how to manage here without their captain Kane Williamson, who has an elbow injury to tend to.

Devon Conway has recovered from his injury and is expected to make the starting eleven. Also available to makeshift captain Tom Latham will be a full array of pace options to pick from. 

Bangladesh

Bangladesh have never won a top-level international cricket match in New Zealand no matter what the format. And based on their recent form and the option they have brought with them, it’s unlikely that they’d get anywhere near a maiden win on this tour.

The Tigers were recently humbled at home by Pakistan, losing all the matches of that tour. The second Test defeat was particularly humiliating as it came despite half the match being washed out.

Listen to this now: Shakib Al Hasan opted out of the tour, Tamim Iqbal is nursing a thumb injury, and Mahmudullah, the T20 captain, is no more active in the format. It means that all eyes will be on skipper Mominul Haque and star batsman Mushfiqur Rahim to inspire their side.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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New Zealand are massive favourites for this fixture. Both Parimatch and Sportsbet have New Zealand priced at 1.12, Bangladesh at 22.0, and Draw at 7.40. Meanwhile, Paripesa has New Zealand available for 1.128, Bangladesh for 21.0, and Draw for 9.1.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Trent Boult Total Wickets Over 4.5 @ 1.80

Trent Boult is eight wickets away from joining the 300 Test wickets club, which only three other New Zealand bowlers are members of. He has an extra incentive to wreak havoc, which is why we back him to grab more than 4.5 wickets here. The odds have been sourced from 22Bet.

Tip: Bangladesh top batter in 1st innings – Liton Das @ 4.20

Bangladesh were humiliated in the recent Test series at home by Pakistan. But one Bangladesh batter that stood out was Liton Das. He scored 114 and 59 in the two innings of the first Test and then 6 and 45 in the second Test. Even in the recent practice match against New Zealand XI, he scored 41, although others got runs in that game too. The bottom line is that Das has seen his stock go up in the longest form over the past month or so. Therefore, we take a punt on him being his side’s best batter here. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.

Conclusion

This is as big a mismatch as any among full ICC members. Therefore, anything less than a super ugly defeat should be a moral victory for Bangladesh.

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