The hosts New Zealand and the visitors Bangladesh will meet on Tuesday (23rd March) during the second game of the three-match ODI series at Hagley Oval (Christchurch).
Currently, the hosts are leading this ODI series by 1-0 with two to go. New Zealand won the first ODI by 8 wickets with 172 balls remaining.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2021, 2nd ODI: Match Preview
The hosts New Zealand claimed a dominant victory in the first ODI of this series which was also their first ODI match under the 2020-23 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Another victory in this series will not only add 10 more points in this Super League but also secure their series victory.
Ross Taylor has also been ruled out due to not fully recovering from the left-hamstring tear issue. In the opening game of this series, left-arm pacer Trent Boult (4/27) got four wickets as he won the Player of the Match award while James Neesham (2/27) and Mitchell Santner (2/23) both bagged two wickets each.
Later, opener Henry Nicholls’ 49 not out and other top-order batsmen’s proper support helped the Blackcaps to claim an easy victory. Another opening batsman Martin Guptill scored 38 off just 19 balls as the New Zealand opening partnership was for 54 runs in just 5.3 overs.
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
After suffering a thrashing defeat in the ODI series opener, Bangladesh now must have to win both the remaining games to snatch away this series from the hosts.
Bangladesh batsmen totally failed to handle the New Zealand condition in the first ODI. Only Mushfiqur Rahim (23) and Mahmudullah (27) managed to reach the 20-run mark in that innings. Among their bowlers, only Taskin Ahmed (1/23) and Hasan Mahmud (1/49) got one wicket each.
Surely, Bangladesh need to improve their performance very quickly to manage their first-ever international win against the hosts New Zealand.
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, 2nd ODI: Match Prediction
The hosts New Zealand are once again favourite for the forthcoming ODI match. Bangladesh must have to improve their game in a huge way to put the strong challenge against the in-form hosts.