Our prediction is New Zealand will win the match!
New Zealand have their noses ahead in the ODI series with a 1-0 lead currently and different players are contributing to the team's victory. Skipper Williamson would like to win this match and series before taking the planned break in the next ODI match. Williamson will look to end the series ion a high with a big score.
Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten century last match to guide his team to victory. Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor played their support roles to perfection. Kiwi bowlers set up the victory by dismissing Bangladesh for 232 runs. Trent Boult and Matt Henry bowled excellently to set Bangladesh on back foot by capturing 4 wickets inside the first 10 overs. Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson were also amongst the wickets column.
Bangladesh team will be dejected after their loss and they are yet end their losing streak against Hosts New Zealand. It was collective team failure last match with both the batsmen and bowlers letting the team down. Mohammed Mithun was the sole consolation with a fighting knock of 62 runs last match. All rounder’s Mehdi Hasan and Mohammed Saifuddin scored some vital runs in the end to lift their team score.
Their bowlers were not able to take wicket and the Kiwi opening pair made a partnership of 103 runs to seal the match in their favor. Mortaza and Mustafizur bowled economically but they failed capture wickets.
Ross Taylor – Taylor is an excellent form for the last 12 months and is scoring consistently across all the places. We can expect him to score runs this series too.
Matt Henry – Henry will look to bowl well and cement his place in the team XI. His pace adds extra value to the team`s pace bowling.
Stats from the series:
Martin Guptill – 117* runs (116 balls) (8X4s, 4X6s)
Trent Boult – 9.5-0-40-3
Kane Williamson(c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor.
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, KS Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Lockie Ferguson, TD Astle
Mushfiqur Rahim – Rahim has to take the responsibility as a senior player and help his team`s batting with vital runs in the middle order.
Mehdi Hasan – Mehdi Hasan is their premium spinner in the absence in the absence of Shakib and his bowling in middle overs has an great impact in the match result.
Stats from the series:
Mohammed Mithun – 62 runs (90 balls) (5X4s)
Mehdi Hasan – 9-1-42-1
Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Sabbir Rahman.
Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal
Hagley oval is one of lively pitches in New Zealand with pace and bounce and it is known to aid the fast bowlers to a certain extent. Average score here is 260-270 runs. The weather is expected to be clear and sunny throughout the day.
Teams batting first have won around 60% of the matches played here. Both teams would look to give their batting unit a stern test before the all important World cup by batting first here.
New Zealand has been all over Bangladesh in their Home grounds and they have well settled line up with mix of all-rounders such as Colin de GrandHomme, Mitchell Santner and James Neesham. The depth in their line-up further adds more strength to their team. We expect Kiwis to win this encounter.
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