It is a happy little coincidence that the Black Caps get to call the Pallekele Cricket Stadium the green, green grass of home for the next two weeks or so.
Based at the ground for their two Twenty20 World Cup Group D matches against Bangladesh tonight, and then Pakistan on Sunday, New Zealand will also be there come the Super Eights stage.
They need to qualify for that first, of course. But if they do, then they'll basically play host to “visiting" teams Sri Lanka, England and the West Indies in the next phase. That's provided all the other results go to plan, and regardless of whether New Zealand finish first or second in their group.
As grounds in this part of the world go, Pallekele isn't the norm. It's got an amazing sole of green grass on the wicket block, which will make the ball nip around off the seam.
That's a massive advantage for New Zealand, who don't play spin well or have an abundance of guys who can bowl it.
It's also a ground where the Black Caps have done well in the past, and you can't say that about too many venues on the sub-continent. Led by 131 not out from now-captain Ross Taylor, the Black Caps beat Pakistan by 110 runs at Pallekele during last year's 50-over World Cup.
The team see that as relevant and it's another reason why they feel at home here.
Opening bowler Kyle Mills said the playing conditions at the ground were a definite advantage and the team had spoken about making the venue their own.
The only issue, Mills said, with playing at the same ground for weeks - no matter how much the conditions suit you - was the risk of getting a bit bored away from the park.
Still, Mills has an important job tonight against Bangladesh.
Custom suggests that the Bangladeshis will go very hard at New Zealand's new-ball bowlers, through openers Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful. But neither has a plan B, so if slogging doesn't work, they won't hang around long.
The team's best batsman, Shakib Al Hasan, comes next and can play in a number of ways. Wicketkeeper and captain Mushfiqur Rahim is likely to bat at four and he and Shakib's wickets will be the big ones for New Zealand.
For New Zealand, Taylor is in good nick, but needs the guys in the top three, such as promoted opener James Franklin, to give him a decent platform to launch from. Bangladesh have bowled 12, and then 11, overs of left-arm spin in their two warm-up matches and that's not something the Black Caps see too often.
Daniel Vettori's involvement will be interesting. He has been slowed by a stomach bug this week, and injuries have been his biggest issue on recent tours.
His left-arm spin has always been New Zealand's one reliable bowling option, but Vettori's performances in the past few months have hardly been compelling. His record in Twenty20 internationals, though, is truly world class.
New Zealand (from): James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor (c), Kane Williamson, Rob Nicol, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Doug Bracewell, BJ Watling, Ronnie Hira.
Bangladesh (from): Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Mohammad Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Elias Sunny, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Junaid Siddique, Abul Hasan, Farhad Reza, Jahurul Islam.
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Nigel Llong (England). Third umpire: Bruce Oxenford (Australia).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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