Sedon Park photo: BCB
Hamilton, New Zealand (BBN)-Seddon Park is the venue where Bangladesh will take on New Zealand in the 37th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Friday morning.
It would be Bangladesh’s 6th and final match of the Pool stage, and would bear additional significance since the Tigers would face the hosts of the tournament.
BCB adds: The venue was voted among the 20 best venues in the world to watch sport, the ‘village green’ setting sets Seddon Park at Hamilton apart from other venues.
With the grassy banks and slopy greenery setting a picnic-like environment for the spectators, this venue in its truest sense is the one to represent the black caps in the cricketing world.
Bangladesh’s recent record against the Black Caps speaks in favour of the Tigers, but at their home ground, with home support, it should be match that the Black Caps would look at to seek some payback.
This ground has hosted 23 ODIs’, the first being in 1981 between hosts New Zealand and India.
The ground boasts a high 5.06 per over average, indicating the high-scoring rate at the ground.
Aussie opener Mathew Hayden scored a blistering 181* in 2007 against the Black Caps at this very ground, and the highest team total is the ground was achieved by West Indies against New Zealand in 2014, which was 363/4.
Coupled with the shorter square boundaries, and an evenly bounced deck, it is likely that a high-scoring affair could happen between the two sides when they meet.
In the two World Cup 2015 fixtures played at this ground, a decent amount of runs had been scored, accounting for 3 centuries and 5 half centuries.
While South Africa easily defended its total of 339 against Zimbabwe, India chased down Ireand’s 259 within 37 overs, making it 1-1 to the teams winning batting first and batting second.
The spinners had an impact on this ground, and had been responsible for picking up 9 out of the 24 wickets to fall in the previous two World Cup matches.
The day-night affair between the in-form Kiwis and the roaring Tigers will be the 27th match played at the venue, and the home would expect another run-feast while the Tigers will look to extend their winning streak against the Kiwis to 8 consicutive ones.
BBN/SK/AD-12Mar15-11:40am (BST)