The dead rubber that is the third ODI match between New Zealand and Bangladesh will get underway tomorrow at Saxton Oval, Nelson – the same ground where the second ODI was held. New Zealand won the second match by 67 runs and sealed the series. It was not the normal Saxton Oval pitch, which used to be a good batting wicket. If the second game is any indication, the Saxton Oval pitch offers variable bounce. It is somewhat like the sub-continent pitches, in which the Bangladesh batsmen struggled to chase down a total of 251. Bangladesh will try hard to score their first win tomorrow. New Zealand will try hard for a clean sweep. Perhaps there will be more interest in the cricket betting front than among the fans.
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Neil Broom’s terrific century in the last match has lent a sense of stability in the New Zealand middle order. Now the stroke-makers can play more freely around him and Kane Williamson. New Zealand had bowled well in the new-look pitch as well. The fast bowlers used bouncers and short balls to good effect against the Bangladesh batsmen. Their bowling seemed to have instilled a fear of short ball in Bangladesh batsmen. They tended to expect short balls all the time and perish by try to score from the back foot off the good length balls. One thing New Zealand would want to improve is their ground fielding.
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Nothing is going right for Bangladesh. They bowled well in the last match to restrict New Zealand to a gettable total. But they had the opportunity to bowl out the opposition for a much lower total. But they messed up the chance. When chasing too, they were in a good position at one stage. However, frantic batting against a disciplined bowling did them in. Bangladesh batting is looking for a leader. Sabbir Rahman looked good before he was run out. Perhaps, he should take the leadership role.
New Zealand will get the preference for any cricket betting moves. They are likely to less intense. So this is the best chance for Bangladesh to give something to cheer for their long-suffering fans.
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