Napier, February 13, Wednesday at 06:30 AM IST
The Kiwis compensated their 1-4 ODI loss with a 2-1 win in the T20I series against the Men in Blue – India and are now up for their next assignment. Bangladesh is in New Zealand to play 3 ODIs and 3 Tests from February 13- March 20. The first ODI is scheduled tomorrow morning at McLean Park, Napier. The second ODI will be played on February 16 at Christchurch followed with the third and final at Dunedin on February 20, Wednesday.
The ODI series will be followed with the three-match test series starting from February 28. The first test match will be played at Hamilton starting from February 28 followed with second at Wellington and third at Christchurch scheduled to start from March 08 and March 16 respectively.
The New Zealand tour is crucial for Bangladesh Tigers as it will act as a mirror to their World Cup preparations. As per Steve Rhodes -Bangladesh coach, the New Zealand series will be a good opportunity for assessing the squad for the World Cup 2019. When last time Bangladesh visited New Zealand in 2016-17, the hosts clean swept the visitors in all formats. Bangladesh is yet to secure a win across formats against the Black Caps in New Zealand.
With the World Cup 2019 just three months away, the hosts continue their tight packed schedule. After whitewashing Sri Lanka, Kiwis took up India’s challenge in which they encountered a disappointing home series loss in ODIs but redeemed themselves with the 2-1 win in the T20I series and are now all set to host Bangladesh.
Both the sides are dealing with a couple of injuries issues. While experienced campaigner Shakib Al Hasan gets ruled out of the series, Bangladesh faced a major blow when Taskin Ahmed injured his ankle in the BPL 2019. On the opposite, Martin Guptill will be monitored closely despite being named in the ODI squad. Having an eye on the excessive workload, the management has decided to give some rest to skipper Kane Williamson. He has been named for the first two games only and Colin Munro will come in his place for the third and final ODI.
Total – 20
Won – 13
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The probable BAN vs NZ playing 11 is listed below.
Wicketkeeper: Litton Das
Batsmen: Tamim Iqbal, Shabbir Rahaman, Soumya Sarker, Mushfiqur Rahim
All-rounder: Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Bowlers: Masrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Nayeem Hasan/Shafiul Islam
Wicketkeeper: Tom Latham
Batsmen: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor
All-rounder: Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham
Bowlers: Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Matt Henry/Lockie Ferguson/Todd Astle
Masrafe Bin Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Litton Kumer Das, Soumya Sarker, Mushfiqur Rahim, Md Mithun, Mahmud Ullah, Shabbir Rahaman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Md Shaifuddin, Nayeem Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shafiul Islam
Kane Williamson (c) (Games 1 & 2), Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Nicholls, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Colin Munro (Game 3), Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Ross Taylor
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Fantasy picks from New Zealand
Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson are one of the most consistent performers with the bat in the home side. After an impressive series against Sri Lanka which also includes a century, Taylor had an average outing against India and will be crucial against Bangladesh.
Trent Boult emerged as the most effective weapon against India especially Shikhar Dhawan. He took a five-fer against India in the fourth ODI and will be New Zealand’s spearhead in the bowling attack.
Colin de Grandomme was excellent in the T20I series against India and will be hoping to continue the momentum. Jimmy Needham showed his potential against Sri Lanka and can change the course of the game anytime with both bat and ball.
Fantasy picks from Bangladesh
The visitors are coming after a successful BPL edition. Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal were amongst the leading run-getters in the tournament. Tamim scored a blistering century in the final to help his side lift the trophy.
Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain had a wonderful outing with the ball. Both took 20+ wickets in the tournament.
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