Kane Williamson celebrates wicket of Shakib Al Hasan in the final ODI    Getty Images
Kane Williamson celebrates wicket of Shakib Al Hasan in the final ODI Getty Images

Bangladesh will give it their all to keep the T20I series alive when they take on New Zealand in the second T20I at Mount Maunganui on Friday. Bangladesh have not had a good time on this tour so far, barring the close call in the second ODI, and eventually being whitewashed by 3-0 in ODIs. However, the Bay Oval is exactly what Bangladesh have been vouching for, as it will probably remind them of their home soil. With surface being on the slower side, New Zealand have a task on hand. Bangladesh batsmen have failed to develop runs in seam-friendly conditions. Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes have been the only batsmen who have gone past the 100-run mark in the ODI series.

On the other hand, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had a good outing with his unbeaten 95 in the last ODI. He also scored crucial 73, in New Zealand s victory in the first T20I. Colin Munro provides the respite in the middle-order. Nevertheless, New Zealand have some changes to the side with Neil Broom ruled out due to fractured finger and George Worker entering the squad. Considering the Bay Oval will offer spin-friendly conditions, New Zealand will want to call back Ish Sodhi.

Full Cricket Scorecard, New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 2nd T20I Mount Maunganui

Take a look at the possible key clashes that could take place in the second T20I on Friday:

Kane Williamson vs Shakib Al Hasan: The Kiwi skipper has been at the top of his form in this series. He ruled the ODIs with a total of 140 runs and scored 73 in first T20I. Williamson will undoubtedly be the target of the Bangladeshi bowlers. His recent performance at this venue against Sri Lanka included 50 off 60 deliveries. As for the spinners, it is a tailor made pitch for Shakib. With a total of 6 wickets and being an all-rounder himself, Shakib has 98 runs under his belt in this series. Shakib has all the opportunity to shine to glory with wickets and stop the New Zealand batsman at regular intervals with pitch assisting him. As both the players are on top of their performance, this clash will get interesting to see who outshines in the contest.

Colin Munro vs Mashrafe Mortaza: Munro s performance at this venue was 36 when he played last against Sri Lanka. Although he was out for a golden duck in the first T20I, Munro might want to rectify the errors and come stronger against Bangladesh captain. The seamer might have ended with just three wickets in this entire series, Mortaza has the perfect platform to showcase his talent and get early wickets and supporting the spinners equally. Munro, who can play strong shots, will find the perfect opponent in form of Mortaza. His recent 87 at Christchurch cannot be erased off and he will look for an encore of the same

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Tamim Iqbal vs Mitchell Santner: Bangladesh s explosive batsman will aim for big runs on board and has the capability to provide a flourishing start. It might have been a shaky time for Tamim away from home, but on Friday he will look to play on his strengths, especially with the conditions similar to that of the subcontinent. Santner has been the star-turner for his side with 5 wickets in this series already. For an explosive batsman like Tamim, Santner s turning deliveries can come in handy.

Imrul Kayes vs Ish Sodhi: In comparison to his opening partner Tamim, Kayes has been useful with the bat as he has a half-century along with 44 runs in the final ODI. Kayes was gone for a golden duck in the first T20I, but Bangladesh will rely on their reliable opener. Sodhi can be called back with the conditions favouring spinners. He was a part of the Sri Lanka series but never received an opportunity to play on the turning tracks. This could be the chance to lead his side to series victory against a batsman who has played most of his cricket in home conditions.