About the Match
After a smashing victory against the visitors in the 1st ODI yesterday, Bangladesh takes on New Zealand in the second ODI of the 3-match series on Thursday. Rubel Hossain razed through the Kiwis batting line-up; with his 6 wickets that included a hat-trick, he scripted the win for his country by 43 runs via the D/L method. The home team is riding high on energy with its recent success and will look forward to another convincing win here. New Zealand started their chase well but fell behind on the D/L requirement in the rain affected match; they will definitely look forward to avenge their defeat with a much better performance.
Though the top order collapsed very early in the first innings, Rahim built the foundation along with Islam and the duo put up a 154-run partnership. After Rahim fell with 10 runs short of a century, Islam continued with his brilliant performance and added 51 runs along with Mahmudullah, scoring 84 runs from 115 balls and taking the total to 265. The bowlers led by Rubel demolished the New Zealanders by making early in-roads into their batting line-up. Rubel proved his class by taking 6 wickets that included a brilliant hat-trick, taking the crucial wickets of Anderson, McCullum and Neesham. Earlier on he had scalped the wicket of Taylor in his first spell and came back again to take the wickets of Nathan and Elliot. The other bowlers supported well keeping the pressure on the opponents thus defending the total successfully. The team is looking very confident and will definitely put up a tough battle here.
Southee’s quick wickets coupled by superb 4 wickets by Neesham helped the team keep the pressure on Bangladesh. With support from Anderson and others, the bowling unit did well to restrict Bangladesh to 265 runs. The batsmen started the chase well, with Devcich and Elliot looking to build the innings; but after 22 runs off 29 balls, Devcich fell and it was up to Elliot and Anderson to take charge. The duo added 61 runs on the board and Elliot stuck his feet firmly on the ground scoring 71 off 77 balls while the other batsmen like Taylor, the McCullum brothers, Neesham and the others down the order fell like a pack of cards against Rubel’s brilliant spell. Anderson missed his half-century by 4 runs and even though the target was reduced to 206 in 33 overs due to rain, the visitors failed to reach the target being defeated by 43 runs. The Kiwis are looking for a fresh start and will try to make a comeback into the ODI series here.
Bangladesh has done well in the first ODI with some amazing individual performances; New Zealand too had its highs and will try to bank upon the resources that show a lot of promise. It will be a contest of the nerves and both teams will put their best foot forward. Though the match could go either way, I think that New Zealand despite losing the first match have the upper hand.
New Zealand, 1.61 @ William Hill
The Kiwi openers showed some form in the first game which ultimately resulted in a loss for them. Elliot played good knock while Rutherford look good till he was in the middle. The hosts, contrastingly, lost their openers at pretty early stage of the innings. I expect Kiwi openers to put up more score together than those of hosts.
Highest Opening Partnership:
New Zealand, 1.67 @ William Hill