Bangladesh will face off against New Zealand in the first ODI match of their tour of New Zealand 2021. The Kiwis will have a home-advantage and are the better of the two teams. With that being said, the Asian team will want to fight hard to get something out of this series. They will be focused to do well, with some good cricket news for them.
This might be Bangladesh’s best shot to down New Zealand as the Kiwis will start without Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. It would surely be a good cricket match to say the least. Speaking of the visiting squad, Tamim Iqbal and company themselves will miss the valuable all-round services of Shakib Al Hasan. They come with form on their side, defeating West Indies in the ODIs at home and will bank on the experience in their line-up to get them the first win of the series.
Bangladesh Squad: Tamim Iqbal(c), Liton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Afif Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Mohammad Naim, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Rubel Hossain
It was six years ago that New Zealand’s ODI team featured without the services of regular skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. With this all the heavy weight falls on the shoulders of step in captain Tom Latham and prolific opener Martin Guptill. The pace attack – Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson – looks formidable and with Jimmy Neesham to back them up, 40 out of 50 overs seem sorted. However, when it comes to spin, Mitchell Santner is all the Kiwis have. Will Young and Daryl Mitchell are likely to make their ODI debuts.
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New Zealand Squad: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Devon Conway, Tom Latham(w/c), Will Young, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Mark Chapman
New Zealand and Bangladesh have faced each other 31 times in ODI matches. New Zealand have won 21 matches, while the Bangla Tigers have emerged victorious in 10 games.
University Oval seems to be quite a balanced pitch with 261 being the first innings average. The boundaries are short, the expected drizzle could speeden the outfield and the batsmen will be looking to enjoy the conditions. Considering the role of batsmen in the match, New Zealand look like a much more settled side and should take the game home.
Date and Time:
March 19 (Friday)
University Oval, Dunedin
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