About the Match
Bangladesh and New Zealand are playing a 3-match ODI series from 29 October, after having recently finished a two match test series that ended in a humdrum draw largely because of inclement weather. Both teams have many players who have less experience in the limited over cricket which demands a disciplined approach in building an innings without much loss of time and switch over to aggression as per the needs of the team. The few experienced players have to carry the responsibility on their shoulders to guide the youngsters to adjust to the circumstances while holding the innings.
Mushfiqur Rahim has Abdur Razaq in the team who with his 144-ODI experience can guide the younger bowlers. There is a lot of variety in their bowling and some of the all-rounders like Shakib and Mohammadullah have played well in all conditions with Sohag Gazi having created records in both batting and bowling in the recent test matches. Mushrafe Murtaza joins the team with lot of experience and he can be effective against the Kiwis. The slow bowlers have succeeded well and can give good support to the fast bowlers and prove to be handy resources to change the outcome of the game by breaking the opponent partnerships. Though many of them have very little experience, they can prove their ability with good ground support from the fielders, as proved by Sohag Gazi in the tests. Being a home series, Bangladesh is expected to perform well to live up to the expectations of the crowd.
Just as the opposing team, New Zealand also has a mix of old experienced players and new comers. With Ross Taylor’s comeback to ODI outfit, who has been playing a lot of cricket in the shorter versions and has made a difference wherever he played, they look a better side. He has been a very dependable all-rounder and with over 125 ODIs and 3755 runs to his credit, he will prove to be a wall for the Bangladesh team. The Kiwis have Southee, Neesham, Lotham and Elliott to fire the initial overs and exploit the vulnerable areas. Nathan McCullum is an experienced slow bowler and with Devcich and Williamson who too can sneak in some overs, their bowling looks good. Many bowlers and batsmen have played very little ODI games and hence, it may be difficult to plan the strategy, to outwit the Bangladesh plans. Here is an opportunity for the younger players to show their mettle and perform.
Both teams are equally matched in terms of resources and capabilities and the experience of the older players will be handy to build partnerships and rotate strikes. Bangladesh has the advantage of playing in front of the home crowd but New Zealand may be better in planning and having a strategy for the occasion keeping the ground and weather conditions in mind. Due to their balanced squad and good form in limited overs Cricket, I expect the visitors are expected to take the 1st game.
New Zealand, 1.53 @ Bet365
Due to presence of Hamish Rutherford at the top of the order, New Zealand has a very explosive opening pair with aggressive batsmen to follow. Because of their style and flat tracks in subcontinent, I think Kiwis will outscore Bangladesh in first 15 Overs.
Highest 1st 15 Overs Total:
New Zealand, 1.57 @ Bet365