Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme played vital hands in New Zealand   s win over Bangladesh  in 1st T20I    Getty Images
Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme played vital hands in New Zealand s win over Bangladesh in 1st T20I Getty Images

After an impressive performance in the 50-over format, hosts New Zealand continued to dominate Bangladesh in the first of the three- Twenty20 International (T20I) series at the McLean Park in Napier on Tuesday. New Zealand won the series opener by 6 wickets to make Bangladesh s outing more miserable in the their land. Visitors have got only two days to regroup and will have to play out of their skin to keep the series alive. Ahead of the second T20I, let us look at the possible playing XI which the hosts could field on Friday at Bay Oval.

Top order: The top order is certain to start with skipper Kane Williamson who was unbeaten (73 off 55 balls) the other night. He will be accompanied by Neil Broom who was impressive in the ODIs but failed in the previous match. Broom can use the long handle to good effect and will be eyeing to get back to scoring runs against an inconsistent bowling line-up of the visitors. Broom s aim will be to play aggressively whereas Williamson will be responsible to anchor the innings. At No. 3, Colin Munro will show up who failed to open the account in the first T20I. However, Munro has the ability to change the course of the game in no time and will be eager to take on the opposition.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I

Middle-order: The middle-order will be headed by Corey Anderson at No. 4 who perished for a 14-ball 13 in the run-chase at Napier. He has been a vital cog in the Kiwi line-up and will have to be stopped by Mashrafe Mortaza s side before he gets going. He will be followed by the wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi who perfectly fits at No. 5. He can hold onto his end and score runs at a blazing pace when required.

Lower-order: New Zealand have enough depth in their batting line-up with the likes of Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tom Bruce and Ben Wheeler. They will be expected to come at No. 6, 7, 8 and 9 respectively.

Bowling attack: Santner was the find of 2016 and finished with one wicket under 5-per over in his side s 6-wicket win. In the pace department, Lockie Ferguson had a dream debut in the previous game by claiming two wickets in two balls and joined Australia s Michael Kasprowicz to achieve this feat. He will again be supported by Wheeler, Matt Henry and Grandhomme to test the Bangladeshi batsmen. Grandhomme had an impressive match with figures of 4-0-23-1 and will look to better his stats.

Wheeler also claimed two scalps whereas experienced campaigner in form of Henry got one wicket but was expensive. The bowling line-up looks settled at least to challenge the likes of a struggling Bangladeshi side. There seems to be no reason for Williamson to tinker with his playing XI until he resorts to experimenting. The current side has enough firepower with able hitters and talented bowlers to upset any side and will be confident to seal the fate of the series on Friday.

Likely XI for New Zealand for 2nd T20I: Kane Williamson (c), Neil Broom, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Bruce, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Ben Wheeler.