Man of the Match: TG Southee
New Zealand looking to finish the ODI with a clean sweep!
Our Prediction is New Zealand to win!
Hosts New Zealand will be keen to complete a clean sweep when they take on Bangladesh in the third and final game of the one-day series in Dunedin on Wednesday. Kane Williamson and co. have produced a dominant display with the bat and ball to win the one-day series.
The side will be looking to win this game in order to maintain their winning momentum ahead of the three-match Test series that starts from 28th February.
On the other hand, Bangladesh will be desperate to win this game and get necessary confidence ahead of the Test series. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will be hoping that batting lineup can raise their game with the bat for this final one-day game.
In the previous game, New Zealand produced a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in Christchurch. For this final game, the home side will towards their in-form player Martin Guptill, who has topped the batting charts with 235 runs in 2 matches. Opener Guptill has smashed two centuries in a row to help New Zealand seal the one-day series.
In the second game, he scored 118 runs off 88 balls to see New Zealand complete the chase in the 36th over of the innings. He was well-supported by Captain Kane Williamson, who scored a brilliant 65 runs off 86 balls with the help of three boundaries.
The likes of Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls have chipped in with crucial scores for the side in this one-day series. Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham have yet to bat in this one-day series.
In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Trent Boult and Matt Henry have made provided crucial breakthroughs for the side. Boult has been consistent performer for the side in this format and would be keen to continue his good form in this final game as well.
Pace bowler Lockie Ferguson has been excellent as the third seamer in the playing XI and claimed 5 wickets in 2 games at an average of 17.40. Todd Astle and Colin de Grandhomme also chipped in with crucial wickets in the previous game.
Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Lockie Ferguson, TG Southee
The visitors will be looking to play for pride and earn a consolation win in the third and final game of the one-day series.
Bangladesh will look to middle-order Mohammad Mithun in the batting department as he is leading-run scorer so far in this series He has scored 119 runs at an average of 59.50 with two half-centuries to his name. Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin have chipped in with decent scores in the games played so far.
Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das will need to score runs for the side in this final game of the series. The batting trio hasn’t done much with the bat in the two games played and will need to produce something special to help Bangladesh avoid a whitewash in the one-day series.
In the bowling department, the side will be hoping that Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman can produce breakthroughs with the new-ball. Left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman was standout bowler in the previous game for the side.
The spinners have failed to make an impact with the ball in this one-day series. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraaz has not able to produce consistency with the ball in the two games played so far.
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman
Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal
The wicket prepared for the game will be good one for batting. The bowlers will certainly toil hard for their wickets. The weather forecast for the game on Wednesday is going to be early showers in the morning.
The University Oval in Dunedin has been happy hunting ground for New Zealand in limited-overs cricket. They have won all their seven one-day games played at the venue. The last game played was between England and New Zealand in March 2018.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bowl first and make use of early moisture in the wicket.
Hosts New Zealand will be outright favorites to win this game against Bangladesh. The home side has delivered back-to-back clinical performances and would be looking to end the one-day series on a high. Bangladesh will be hoping that their big players can deliver the goods in this final game of the one-day series.
We are backing New Zealand for the win in the 3rd ODI against Bangladesh!
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