Having been knocked out in the first T20I, New Zealand will be eyeing redemption in the second T20I set to be played today, September 3 in Dhaka. Ahead of the match, the visitors received a massive boost as swashbuckling opener Finn Allen, who tested positive for COVID-19, delivered negative results and joined the team’s bio bubble.
Allen’s inclusion is a massive plus for New Zealand, who were bowled out for a mere 60 in the first game. Allen is a player who loves to take the attack to the opposition, which won’t be easy on the slow tracks of Dhaka. However, he is not keen to change his approach much and wants to bat in his own aggressive way.
Allen has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years. Having scored over 500 runs in Super Smash, he was handed his T20I debut in the home series against Bangladesh, where he scored a 50 in his third game. Recently, he participated in The Hundred and scored four half-centuries in 13 games for Birmingham Phoenix. Allen said he’s planned how he will go about his business when he gets a chance to hold the willow against Bangladesh.
“Watching the game was pretty helpful,” Allen said. “I saw how they go about things. How I want to do things. I want to use these few days to train and prepare. I don’t think I will change my intent too much. I will continue to stick with it. I have been thinking about options. I think I have had pretty good preparations over the last few months for this tour. I have played in similar conditions in some places. I am looking forward to getting stuck in.”
Meanwhile, the opener was not included in the team for the second T20I.