The scheduling is such that there is not much gap between the matches and this would certainly work in the favour of New Zealand. After being 0-1 down in a three-match series, it is always difficult to bounce back and Bangladesh would have to play out of their skin to make a mark in the series.
Although New Zealand dished out a clinical performance and romped home to an eight-wicket win with more than five overs to spare in the first ODI, the team would also know that the performance came against a weak Bangladesh side and things still need to be corrected.
Martin Guptill scored a run a ball century but he was far from fluent. Henry Nicholls looks a good opening prospect and the World Cup spot of Colin Munro can be under threat. There is no doubt about the skill of Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor is looking as good as he has ever looked.
For Bangladesh, no bowler was able to make a substantial impact. While batting as well, after losing four wickets early, it were the lower order contributions by Mohammad Mithun, Mehidy Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin which helped the team reach a respectable total. The Tigers would expect their top order to fire in this match.
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, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh), Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Trent Boult (New Zealand)
Most Sixes – Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
Team Scores Batting First – Bangladesh 260+, New Zealand 300+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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