New Zealand are coming off the limited-overs leg against India in which they fell short of expectations. Although the team fought back in the T20Is and sealed the series 2-1 with some eye-catching performances, India's tour was largely a disappointment for them as they failed to compete in the ODIs.
With a Betfair Sport bonus code you find out all the best odds for your team throughout the tour and it is one of those tours where both sides need to put in positive performances and New Zealand would like to improve on their performance against India.
The result is that opener Colin Munro has been sacked from the side and Henry Nicholls has been promoted to open the batting along with Martin Guptill. Guptill has also looked out of sorts and even though his place in the World Cup squad is not under question, he needs to pull up his socks big time. Similarly, Tom Latham has bailed the Kiwis out of trouble many a times but he is also going through a lean patch.
However, the good thing for the Kiwis is that captain Kane Williamson and veteran batsman Ross Taylor are looking in good touch and these two will be essential for the New Zealand team going forward.
Matt Henry has also staked his claim with a four-wicket haul in the last ODI against India. Lockie Ferguson has been impressive with his pace and Blair Tickner also looked promising in the T20Is. Tim Seifert, who starred in the T20 series, can also be tried as an option in the ODIs. However, that might be too late for now.
Trent Boult remains the team's trump card with the ball while Tim Southee has been left a bit behind. The spin department would be led by Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi. That being said, Santner needs to be handed with a lot of care as he is still recovering from his knee surgery.
Bangladesh have been hit by the injury of Shakib Al Hasan which disturbs the balance of the side immensely. The quality of the all-rounder is such that he would now be needed to be replaced with two players - a bowler and a batsman.
Tameem Iqbal will start the proceedings for the side along with Liton Das. Soumya Sarkar has a lot of potential but has not been able to live up to it. This would be his golden chance to cement his World Cup spot. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah are the key players in the middle order. Mushfiqur Rahim, in particular, has steadied the ship for the side several times.
In the bowling department, spinners Mehidy Hasan and Nayeem Hasan will have a lot of responsibility while the pace attack would rest on the shoulders of Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin.
Bangladesh's coach has already stated that the series against New Zealand is going to be tough for his side. The two teams also share a unique record. While New Zealand have never beaten Bangladesh in Bangladesh in ODIs, the vice versa is also true.
Expect the Kiwis to finish on the right side of the line.
Winner: New Zealand (in each of the formats 3 ODIs and 3 Tests)
Test - New Zealand - Kane Williamson, Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal
ODI – New Zealand – Martin Guptill, Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal
Test - New Zealand - Trent Boult, Bangladesh - Rubel Hossain
ODI - New Zealand - Mitchell Santner, Bangladesh - Mehedy Hasan
Test – New Zealand - Kane Williamson, Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal
ODI - New Zealand – Martin Guptill, Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal
Here's a look at the squads:
Shafiul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nayeem Hasan, Mominul Haque
New Zealand Squad
Kane Williamson, Todd Astle, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor, Tim Southee
Feb 13 New Zealand v Bangladesh, 1st ODI McLean Park, Napier 1:00 AM
Feb 16 New Zealand v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI Hagley Oval, Christchurch 10:00 PM (Feb 15)
Feb 20 New Zealand v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI University Oval, Dunedin 10:00 PM (Feb 19)
Feb 28 - Mar 04 New Zealand v Bangladesh, 1st Test Seddon Park, Hamilton 10:00 PM (Feb 27)
Mar 08 - Mar 12 New Zealand v Bangladesh, 2nd Test Basin Reserve, Wellington 10:00 PM (Mar 07)
Mar 16 - Mar 20 New Zealand v Bangladesh, 3rd Test Hagley Oval, Christchurch 10:00 PM (Mar 15)
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