Bangladesh vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Can Tigers Clip Kiwi Wings?

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza led team Bangladesh Tigers lock horn with strong Kiwis in the ODI series tomorrow. [দেখুন আইসিসির টুইটে নিউজিল্যান্ডের বিপক্ষে বাংলাদেশের বিজয়ের মুহূর্ত]

Bangladesh players celebrate a fall of wicket
Bangladesh players celebrate a fall of wicket

Kiwis are traditionally very strong in their own backyard. In two ICC world cups held down under so far in 1987 and 2015 they were almost impregnable while matches were held in their territory.

They stretched very strong Indian team to their limits in ODI before winning the T20I series. Bangladesh suffered comprehensive white washes against them losing all matches in all three formats Test, ODI and T20I when they visited last.

This time also the team went there without any preparation at all. Players were engaged playing in BPL T20 matches. Moreover, the last minute injury to leading all rounder, Test and T20 captain further depleted their balance.

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The resurging youngster Taskin also got injured at the last stage of BPL and was ruled out. Still indomitable Bangladesh play with inspiration and must not be taken lightly at all. These days playing out of their skin Mashrafe squad has surprised even the strongest teams too often.

The ODI series starting tomorrow at the beautiful city Napier would witness mouth watering contest at 7 AM Bangladesh standard time.

In the meantime New Zealand has declared a very strong squad for the series.

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New Zealand Squad of ODI:

Kane Williamson (Captain , games 1 and 2), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro (Game 3), Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee.

Martin Guptill who missed matches against India being injured is fit again and included in the side to open the innings.

Captain and batsman in prolific form Kane Williams would feature in the first two matches and would be rested for the third. Williams would be replaced by blasting Collin Munro in the third match. Tom Latham would lead the Kiwis for that match.

The strength of KIWIs lies in their very strong pace ball combination of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Mat Henry and Lockie Ferguson. The wickets and condition favor their time of bowling. This makes the works of Bangladesh top order cut out.

Unfortunately there is none in the team apart from Tamim in the top order to weather that blitz. Hope Litton K Das or Soumya can adjust quickly.

We are not sure who would replace Shakib in the team. Personally I would have suggested Imrul Kayes going there. Playing Mominul would be a great risk. If he fails then his morale for the Test will be dampened.

I would suggest Mahmudullah promoted in the batting order for playing at three where he did exceptionally well in World Cup last time. That would make Mohammad Mithun bat at four and Mushfiqur at five. The batting would be rotated around Tamim and Mushfiqur playing pivotal roles. The other option is playing Sabbir at three. But being away from international cricket for a while he must not be put under fire straight away. Sabbir may bat at six or seven.

Guptill, Latham, Williamson and Taylor are all in prolific batting form. But they have some weakness against quality spin.

Unfortunately Bangladesh would miss Shakib very much. I Would suggest including Taijul as Kiwis are traditionally weak against left arm spinner’s.

Naeem and Mehedi are too young to absorb counter attack. But grounds are smaller and windy. Spinners would have to bowl in tighter length and line Hope Mashrafe, Mustafiz and Rubel bowls to the best of their ability.

Saifuddin will have a great role to play. In any case Bangladesh has to bat well and score consistently scoring 280 plus in every match to remain in the completion.

It will be difficult but not unlikely that tigers would clip Kiwi wings.
Good Luck Tigers.

Saleque Sufi

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