Things have become quite difficult for Bangladesh as their skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim and opener Imrul Kayes have been sidelined for the final test in Christchurch. To worsen the situation a lot, Mominul Haque has also been declared unfit as he was not doing well to make necessary movements during the training session. Bangladesh, that means, will play the match without their best three performers in test cricket.
It was always uncertain for Mushfiq and Kayes since they had pretty bad injuries at the last test in Wellington. But Mominul’s miss out has come out as a big blow since he has been the best number three for Bangladesh so far in test cricket. Injury enforced unavailability of these players has opened the door of the national team for Nazmul Hossain Shanto, who has been with the team as a part of BCB high performance development program. Mustafizur Rahman has also made to the squad. Tamim Iqbal will lead the team and Shakib al Hasan will act as his deputy.
The pitch at Hagley Oval is being expected as bowlers friendly especially in the early moments. The lowest total on this ground is 133, however, Australia made 505 on this very ground last summer.
The match will begin at 4 AM Bangladesh time.