Venue – Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Date & Time – 16th February | 3:30 AM IST
New Zealand will look to win the 3 match ODI series at the earliest, after thumping Bangladesh in the first ODI by 8 wickets. The two teams will face each other in the second ODI of the series at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The Kiwis are now on the road to redemption after their disappointing showing against India in the ODIs. The Men in Blue, famously, ran New Zealand ragged in their own territory with a 4-1 ODI series win.
Even though Bangladesh is not the toughest opponent for New Zealand to prepare for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in the summer, they will, still, regain a great deal of confidence by turning victorious against the Bangladeshis. With a win in the second ODI in the bag, the Kiwis will also get a chance to play some youngsters in the last match of the series – and that is something they must be aiming to do.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, must be super eager to break their ‘New Zealand Hoodoo’ by registering their first-ever win against the hosts in their country. However, it won’t be easy by any stretch and the absence of a seasoned cricketer like Shakib Al Hasan has made it even harder to accomplish.
The Kiwis were big winners in the opening fixture, where Bangladeshi Batsmen were left powerless to resist the deadly bowling attack of the home side. The visitors were bowled out for a total of just 232 runs. A fired up Guptill, then, showed no mercy and shot up the Kiwis to an easy 8 wicket victory. The opening batsman was an injury doubt for the match, but the doubts were done away in an emphatic fashion as he scored a good century.
There were no fresh injuries for any of the teams to worry about and both the teams are expected to field similar line-ups for the second One Day International. However, Bangladesh might be tempted to make a change or two by replacing underperformers from the first game.
NZ vs BAN HalaPlay Teams (Probable):
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman.