Bangladesh bowl in bid to avoid whitewash; Blundell debuts for NZ

Toss Bangladesh chose to bowl v New Zealand
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Mustafizur Rahman, who was rested for the first Test in Wellington, was also rested for the third T20 in Mount Maunganui © AFP

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza won his third toss of the T20 series and opted to bowl in a bid to avoid another whitewash, having lost the ODI series 3-0 last year. They made one change, resting Mustafizur Rahman and bringing in Taskin Ahmed.

Mustafizur was also rested for the first Test in Wellington; The decision to rest Mustafizur comes ahead of a busy season for Bangladesh – they play a Test in India next month, followed by a full tour of Sri Lanka in March, before preparation for the Champions Trophy in England begins. He might feature in the second Test, though.

New Zealand also made a change with Wellington wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell making his international debut in place of the injured Luke Ronchi. Blundell hit 243 runs in nine innings at a strike rate of 134.25 in Wellington’s run to the Super Smash title. Allrounder Jimmy Neesham was listen to open with captain Kane Williamson.

New Zealand 1 Kane Williamson (capt), 2 James Neesham, 3 Colin Munro, 4 Corey Anderson, 5 Tom Bruce, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 Tom Blundell (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Ben Wheeler, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Trent Boult

Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Soumya Sarkar, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Nurul Hasan (wk) 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Taskin Ahmed

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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