Bangladesh v New Zealand, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele September 20, 2012

'Need to combat left-arm spin' - Taylor

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ross Taylor has said that New Zealand expect to face a lot of left-arm spin in their opening World Twenty20 match in Pallekele and have done their homework to manage the threat posed by Bangladesh's trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak and Elias Sunny.

"We played a lot of left-arm spin in the nets," Taylor said. "We will play at least 12 overs of left-arm spin. We need to play them well. We have a few left-handers in the line-up so they can combat the left-arm spinners. But for the right-handers too it is important to combat them. We may play left-arm spin throughout the innings."

Apart from the opposition bowlers, New Zealand were made to sweat on the fitness of their own charges - Tim Southee, Rob Nicol and Daniel Vettori fell sick in Colombo two days ago and Kyle Mills was still recovering from the collision injury sustained during New Zealand's last match in India. However, Taylor was hopeful of a full-strength squad on Friday.

"We won't know until the end of training on whether we will have the full quota of fifteen [available players]. Every couple of hours they are feeling a little better," he said. "The weather is bit colder so hopefully they can gain some energy and be available to play."

Taylor said New Zealand, who are in a tough group, will look to their seamers to provide a boost and hoped that players who have played in Pallekele before would bring their experience into the game. Jacob Oram was the leading wicket-taker in the Sri Lanka Premier League last month.

"We will be looking to our seamers to have a big play in the tournament. Few of the players played SLPL and had some success there. The boundaries here in Pallekele are a lot bigger than other grounds. Spinners will play a role because in Twenty20 cricket spinners do have a big part to play."

Given the high-scoring nature of the pitch and the help it offers the seamers in the evening, Taylor said he would prefer to bat first, but could change his mind if the pitch remained green.

"The pitch looked green yesterday. But we will have to wait and see what shape it finally takes. Maybe some grass may come off, we don't know because it is currently under cover."

Taylor scored an unbeaten 131 in Pallekele during a 2011 World Cup match against Pakistan but he said that it had no bearing on Friday's game. "It was also my birthday (when I played against Pakistan in the World Cup). My birthday is not any time soon! This is a different tournament where we need to start well."

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  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Happy Birthday Rose .

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Though New Zealand is a strong team than Bangladesh, bd has a good chance to win the game. The pressure is now on New Zealand because they are favourite and they need to win. If everything goes through the plan and all the players can perform their best BD can win the match. So Bangladesh don't need to take the pressure and play their natural game to win the match. best of luck for Bangladesh.

  • joseph on September 21, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Instead of left arm spin we can say it is sakib

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    A slot machine of a casino gives you more chances for prediction to get a winning number than Bangladesh cricket team. Sometimes I force myself hard to not to be hater of Bangladesh cricket team. These boys know the art of losing a game from a easy winning position which even is mystery for Stephen Hawking. So How could I dare to understand the puzzle in Bangladesh cricket team. Still praying for the best to ALMIGHTY ALLAH and keeping the fingers crossed.

  • Brett on September 21, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    This should be a terrific match against 2 teams which need the win as I think Pakistan's bowling might be a little too hot for them (especially Bangladesh). For NZ the key will be whether the top 4 (Nicol, Guptill,McCullum and Taylor) can cope with the spin threat of Al Hasan, Razzak and Sunny. I think they can & Nicol could be a real X factor as he can score quickly & bowls usefully and Guptill has good form in T20 which I think might be enough for them to get home. For Bangladesh, Al Hasan is obviously critical as too will be Iqbal in terms of either chasing or getting enough of a total to put pressure on as the rest of the batting is a bit hit and miss but dangerous on occasion. Mills & Southee will be critical with the ball, especially Mills who is valuable in this format, and I think the lack of cricket against tough opponents might count against Bangladesh - warm up games against Ireland and Netherlands are not enough & shame they don't play more against top tier nations.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    I didn't think that this is a tough group! But i will be glad if i can see any non test playing country in this group. That will makes easy for other's team. Now time to prove the test nations- who are the best!!! Good luck for Bangladesh.

  • Ishmam on September 20, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    well newzealand will have a ruff task to score against bd lefties but still newzealand are just ahead of bd in t20 if it was odi bd would have been clear cut favourites again playing shakib,tamom and ash is a risk it .If it works it will look pretty but if it does not work it will look ugly.same thing happened to sl in aia cup when they played sanga mahela and dilshan at the top.

  • Mahin Hossain on September 20, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    KIWIS r always weak against spin.. it doesnt really matter on whether u bowl to them.. if weather remain gud n if we see 20 over match per side i think BANGLADESH will be the VICTORIOUS SIDE...

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    New Zealand (probable) 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Ross Taylor (capt), 6 Jacob Oram, 7 James Franklin, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Tim Southee/Doug Bracewell, 11 Kyle Mills/Adam Milne

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