Live: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, McLean Park, Napier
New Zealand might have surrendered to India in ODIs but their resurgence in T20Is means that they would be looking forward to carrying on the same momentum as they invite Bangladesh for the upcoming ODI fixtures. Now, Bangladesh have been tasked with tough assignments ahead as they are searching for their maiden win in Kiwis’ soil.
Here is one interesting fact. The Tigers haven’t lost to Kiwis at home since 2010 while Kiwis never lost to Bangladesh at their den. However, Shakib-Al-Hasan’s absence could turn out to be a big blow for the Tigers. As far as their recent meeting is concerned. Bangladesh got the better of New Zealand at a neutral venue in Cardiff ODI in the year 2017.
Will be an exciting contest
For sure it will be an exciting contest ahead with both teams aiming to outwit each other. After losing 1-4 at home to India, they are under pressure to increase the points in the rankings charts while Bangladesh will be looking forward to cashing in on the chances to better effect in search of their first ever ODI win against New Zealand in New Zealand.
Against India, batters like Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham chipped in with runs while bowlers Trent Boult and Matt Henry had a fair outing. Tim Southee has been out of form and he will have to sort out the woes before it is too late. Lockie Ferguson has been quite sensational in leading the pace attack so far and is one of the key factors.
On the contrary, Bangladesh top-order batsmen Tamim, Liton Das, Rahim and Sarkar are expected to bolster the batting attack and the middle order is well backed by Mahmuddlah. Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin will all have to step up and cause problems. In the absence of Shakib, there is a burden on the inexperienced spinners – Mehidy Hasan and Nayeem Hasan.
c: Latham b: Boult
c: Taylor b: Ferguson
st: Latham b: Santner
c: Neesham b: Santner
c: Guptill b: Santner