The hosts New Zealand will again meet the visitors Bangladesh in the last game of the three-match ODI series at Basin Reserve (Wellington) this Friday (26th March).
Currently, the hosts are leading this ODI series by the 2-0 margin as they won the first two matches of this series by 8 wickets and 5 wickets respectively.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2021, 3rd ODI: Match Preview
As the hosts New Zealand have already secured this ODI series, they are now looking for completing whitewash in this series. After an easy victory in the ODI series opener, Blackcaps faced some tough contest in the last game but stand-in skipper Tom Latham’s century and Devon Conway and Jimmy Neesham’s strong support helped the hosts to win that match.
Henry Nicholls scored 49 not out in the first game while captain Tom Latham scored 110 runs in the second ODI. In the second ODI, Conway also scored 72 while all-rounder James Neesham scored 30 runs.
Mitchell Santner has taken 4 wickets in this series as he picked up two wickets in both the matches of this series. Kyle Jamieson bowled cheaply in the second ODI but there was no other New Zealand bowler who got two wickets in the second ODI. However, in the ODI series opener, left-arm pacer Trent Boult bagged four wickets while James Neesham was the other bowler who got two wickets just like Santner.
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 first ODI, the visitors Bangladesh made a strong comeback in the second ODI of the series, but they just failed to claim their first-ever international win against the hosts New Zealand.
While all the Bangladesh batsmen failed to score at least 30 runs in the first ODI, skipper Tamim Iqbal scored 78 runs and Mohammad Mithun later played the firing knock of 73 not out in the second ODI. Also, in the second ODI, there were a couple of 30s from Soumya Sarkar (32) and Mushfiqur Rahim (34). In the second ODI, while the visitors provided a slow start, losing the set partnerships in the mature times restricted them to under 275 runs.
In the first ODI, Bangladesh bowlers had little job as their batsmen failed to set up the challenging first innings total. But in the second game, the visiting bowlers provided a strong start after their batsmen set up a challenging total. While Mustafizur Rahman (2/62) and Mahedi Hasan (2/42) ultimately took two wickets each in the last game, they didn’t get enough support from the other bowlers. Also, the visiting fielders dropped some good chances in the second ODI that hugely costed them.
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, 3rd ODI: Match Prediction
The hosts New Zealand are once again favourite for the last ODI of this series. However, Bangladesh will try their best to make more improvement in their performance and claim their first-ever win in international cricket against the hosts New Zealand.