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Black Caps ready to battle spin

09:30 Fri Sep 21 2012
Black Caps captain Ross Taylor ready for Bangladesh attack (Getty)
Black Caps captain Ross Taylor ready for Bangladesh attack (Getty)

New Zealand's focus in their World Twenty20 cricket opener will centre on negating Bangladesh's three-pronged left-arm spin attack, Black Caps captain Ross Taylor says.

Although the New Zealand batting line-up for the match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, overnight is fluid, Taylor says James Franklin is slated to open with Martin Guptill as the Black Caps look for a left-right combination to pressure the Bangladesh bowling attack.

Shakib al Hasan and Abdur Razzak proved problematic for New Zealand two years ago in Bangladesh, with the home team dominating a five-match T20 series 4-0.

With a third Bangladeshi left-armer in Elias Sunny to combat, Taylor says the Black Caps will need a strong batting performance on what looks like a green wicket.

"We're expecting 12 overs of left-arm spin, and we need to play that well," he said.

"We have a few left-handers who'll be able to combat that, but obviously the right-handers will have to be able to hit into the different areas and combat them."

Taylor is expecting New Zealand's seam attack to play an important role, not just against Bangladesh but as the tournament progresses.

"We'll be looking to our seamers to have a big part to play, but we don't narrow it down just to seamers - the boundaries are a lot bigger than some of the other grounds so spin will still play a part."

The Pallekele venue has proven kind for Taylor and the Black Caps, after they beat Pakistan by 110 runs in last year's ODI World Cup, with Taylor hammering an unbeaten 131, Guptill a measured 57 and Tim Southee picking up 3-25.

Taylor says decisions are still to be made about New Zealand's game-day 12, with Southee and Rob Nicol still recovering from the effects of a stomach bug that left Southee recovering in hospital from dehydration.

"But they're improving every couple of hours and the weather's a bit cooler than it was yesterday, so hopefully they'll still have the energy to play."