The hosts New Zealand and the visitors Bangladesh will face each other at University Oval (Dunedin) this Saturday during the opening match of the three-match ODI series. This series is going to be a part of the 2020–23 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
It will be their first international meeting since their meeting in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup where New Zealand claimed a close 2-wicket victory. Both teams will try their best to start this crucial ODI series with a win.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2021, 1st ODI: Match Preview
The hosts New Zealand are ready to play their first ODI match in the 2020–23 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, which will be also their first ODI match since 13th March 2020 when Australia beat them by 71 runs at Sydney.
Regular captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out from this series due to an elbow injury. On the other hand, another experienced cricketer Ross Taylor will miss out on the first ODI due to a left hamstring injury as Mark Chapman has joined the side to cover his place for the opening game of this series.
Tom Latham-led New Zealand team will face a batting challenge in the absence of their most crucial players. However, they have some in-form cricketers who will now have to prove in the ODIs.
New Zealand have a strong bowling line-up and there is no doubt that they can play major roles in this ODI series.
Tom Latham (C), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry
Last January, Bangladesh won the three-match home ODI series against the inexperienced West Indies by the 3-0 margin, which was also their first ODI series under the 2020–23 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. So, this ODI series against the hosts New Zealand is going to be their first away ODI series under the inaugural World Cup Super League.
Bangladesh are missing their all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for this entire tour as he is on paternity leave. While Bangladesh have lost all their 26 international matches against the hosts New Zealand, this complete tour is going to be a huge challenge for them.
Captain Tamim Iqbal is ready to lead the Bangladesh ODI side, which is currently their best format in international cricket as they are consistently improving in this format. While the experienced players always play crucial roles for this Asian side, now the other players will have to put strong contributions to the team.
Tamim Iqbal (C), Mosaddek Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2021, 1st ODI: Match Prediction
The hosts New Zealand have always achieved victory in their all 26 international matches against the visitors Bangladesh. While the hosts are definitely favourite in this ODI series opener, the visitors are producing their best performances as a team in this format.