Christchurch, February 16, Saturday at 03:30 AM IST
Martin Guptill's ferocious unbeaten 117 handed Kiwis eight wickets win in the first of the three matches series. The hosts lead the series by 1-0 and would be eyeing to seal it with another win tomorrow in Christchurch when both the sides will reload for the second ODI. The win would have surely boosted the confidence in Kiwis after an indifferent ODI series against India where they faced a 1-4 drubbing in their courtyard.
While setting a target, the visitors were bowled out for 232 in 48.5 overs in front of tantalizing bowling from Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner who both returned with three wickets each. However, at one time Bangladesh was reeling at 94-6 before M Mithun showed some character and geared the side to a respectable total with his 62 runs knock of 92 deliveries. In reply, the host's run chase was powered by Martin Guptill's fifteenth hundred that included 4 sixes and 8 fours.
While the skipper Kane Williamson will be unavailable for the third and final ODI, the hosts would be looking to seal the series before the skipper departs. Till then, let's see if Bangladesh manages a ODI win in New Zealand.
The win at Napier was Kiwis eleventh consecutive home win against the Bangladesh Tigers
The hosts have won eight out of nine ODIs at Christchurch
They have won four of the last five ODIs at Christchurch
Also, in the last five games at Christchurch, the team batting first has won the game
The probable BAN vs NZ playing 11 is listed below.
Wicketkeeper: Mushfiqur Rahim
Batsmen: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun
All-rounder: Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan
Bowlers: Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman
Wicketkeeper: Tom Latham
Batsmen: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor
All-rounder: James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme
Bowlers: Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Masrafe Bin Mortaza (C), Soumya Sarker, Tamim Iqbal Khan, Litton Kumer Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Md Mithun, Mahmud Ullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Md Shaifuddin, Nayeem Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shabbir Rahaman, Shafiul Islam
Kane Williamson (c) (Games 1 & 2), Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Tom Latham, Colin Munro (Game 3), Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor
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Fantasy picks from New Zealand-
Comeback man Martin Guptill slammed an unbeaten 117 in the first game and will be the key at the top
Kane Williamson is struggling a bit with his form. In his last five innings, Williamson has scored 109 runs
Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme will be the other key contributors
Trent Boult- In last three ODIs, Trent Boult has given 100 runs and bagged 11 wickets
M Santner returned with three wickets in the first ODI
Fantasy picks from Bangladesh-
Tamim Iqbal will be the main man in Bangladesh batting line-up. He scored a century in BPL final and will be the key in providing a good start
M Mithun showed characters in his 62 runs knock in the first ODI and will strengthen the middle order
M Mortaza, M Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz will have to provide early breakthroughs to build pressure on the hosts
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