With two dominating wins, New Zealand have already pocketed the ODI series against Bangladesh but both teams have plenty to play for in the third ODI as the World Cup approaches.
The hosts have been clinical in all departments and Kane Williamson will be happy for the way his team has bounced back after the trashing by India. On the other hand, Bangladesh have got a reality check ahead of the World Cup and they need to figure out how to tackle these pace-bowling friendly conditions.
As far as the individual performances are concerned, these three players will be the one to watch out for in the final match of the series.
With all eyes on Trent Boult, Matt Henry has quietly emerged as the ideal new ball bowler for New Zealand.
Henry’s sustained pressure from one end has been the reason for Bangladesh’s poor batting performances in the Powerplay and his pace has garnered a few eyeballs.
However the pacer doesn’t have a lot of wickets under his belt and he will be looking forward to make the most of the last ODI against Bangladesh.
This is Guptill’s series so far. By slamming two back-to-back hundreds, the opening batsman has proved his value in the team and has single-handedly mauled the Bangladeshi bowling attack.
The way Guptill has dominated the pacers and the spinners is impressive and he looks good for another three-figure score in the third ODI.
Bangladesh will certainly be disappointed with their batsmen but the failure of their bowlers has been difficult to digest. On thriving conditions, Mustafizur Rahman has failed to deliver.
But there were some positive signs in the second ODI where Rahman claimed two wickets and now he will be looking to end the series on a high note. The Kiwi batsmen have negotiated him well so far but does he have something more in his armoury to surprise the hosts?