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New Zealand made an imposing 3-0 clean sweep against Bangladesh, in the just concluded ODI series Getty Images

Following an impressive and victorious performance in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs), hosts New Zealand get set to take on the wounded visitors Bangladesh in the first of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series at the McLean Park in Napier on Tuesday. New Zealand made an imposing 3-0 clean sweep against the very visitors, in the just concluded ODI series, and will look to continue with the winning momentum and more importantly, will look forward to start the New Year on a positive note.Ahead of the first T20I, let us look at the possible playing XI, the hosts could field on Tuesday.

Top order: The top order is certain to start with skipper Kane Williamson, who usually opens for New Zealand in this format. Martin Guptill, one of the most dangerous batsmen will come out to bat alongside Williamson. Guptill, who is famous for his hard-hitting abilities, can provide the Kiwis with the perfect explosive start they are eyeing for. While Guptill will look forward for quick runs, Williamson’s aim will be to bat throughout the inning, which should make things easier for him.

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At No. 3, it could be Colin Munro, who has been in a great form in the ODIs, and is backed to carry his strong form in the shortest version of the game. However, Williamson would be in a mix who to choose among Munro and Neil Broom, as the latter has been in brawny form in the ODIs and also scored a ton.

Middle-order: The middle-order is likely to start with the explosive Corey Anderson at No. 4, who is an apt fit for limited-overs cricket. Although, he was not a part of the ODI squad, he is certain to make an impact in the T20 format, and cement his place in the side. He has been a vital cog in the Kiwi line-up Anderson is one of the powerful strikers in the side, as he is a perfect T20 player New Zealand has in the side. He will be followed by the wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who perfectly fits into the No. 5 spot and pushing himself up the order in the T20Is would be a fruitful decision for him, as it would allow him to play freely.

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At No. 6, it is most likely that Jimmy Neesham will bat. He is another power-hitter in the side, and a reliable all-rounder, as could also rattle the opposition batting order with his powerful medium pace bowling. At No. 7, New Zealand have Colin de Grandhomme, another strong all-rounder, who has made a brilliant Test comeback. Apart from hitting it hard, de Grandhomme is also capable of good fast bowling, which could trouble the Bangladesh’s wounded batting line-up. However, de Grandhomme could face competition from debutant Tom Bruce, who is a reliable batsman, and has had a good record in the T20 format in the domestic circuit. If Williamson chooses to drop an extra all-rounder from the side, de Grandhomme could make way for Bruce, who is most likely to be promoted up the order at No. 5 to bat.

Bowling attack: The bowling attack is most certain to start with one of the reliable spinners in the side, Mitchell Santner, who has had a good record in the just concluded ODI series, claiming four wickets from the three-matches, along with a good economy rate of 4.25. Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has clocked up good speed having claimed 4 wickets from the 2 matches.

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Ferguson would be followed by fellow fast-bowler Matt Henry, who is another spear-gun in the side. Ben Wheeler is expected to make his T20I debut. The pacer’s show in the ODIs was commendable. He has 8 ODI wickets from 6 games, which makes him a likely candidate in the playing XI. However, if Williamson chooses to move in with an extra spinner, Wheeler could face the axe, while Ish Sodhi can make his way in.

Likely XI for New Zealand for 1st T20I vs Bangladesh: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro/Neil Broom, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme/Tom Bruce, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Ben Wheeler/Ish Sodhi.