About the Match
Bangladesh won the 2nd ODI match against New Zealand by 40 runs thus clinching a series win, a repeat of their victory over the Kiwis in 2010. With final ODI remaining which is to be played on 3rd November, Kiwis would look to regain some of their lost pride and due to already won series, only as a formality for the home team. Bangladesh exuded confidence as the bowlers defended the score of 247 runs that was set by their batsmen for the visitors and on the other hand though the New Zealand bowlers displayed accuracy and discipline, the batsmen failed to reach the target. The visitors will definitely try to put their best foot forward on Sunday to have something to cheer about.
Batting first, Bangladesh openers Iqbal and Rahman built the foundation by putting up a 63 run partnership. The middle order batsmen contributed well and though none of them got big scores, they kept the scoreboard ticking and took the total to a defendable 247 runs. The bowlers kept the pressure on the opponents in the second innings; Sohag Gazi and Mashrafe Mortaza took 3 wickets each making it difficult for New Zealand to chase the target. Mominul Haque claimed the crucial wickets of the McCullum brothers thus removing any danger from the visitors. Earlier on Mominul contributed with the bat too as he joined hands with Iqbal and smashed the Kiwis for boundaries at regular pace. The team collectively reached its goal with contributions from everyone and with the series wins to their name, Bangladesh looks confident to take the third match too.
The New Zealand bowlers performed well, bowling with precision and bringing lot of variety into the attack. Anderson and Neesham took 4 wickets each and along with Southee and Kyle Mills, were successful in restricting the run flow by the Bangladesh top order. Their tight spells put the pressure on the opponents and were rewarded in the batting power play with quick wickets. The hard work of the tight bowling unit however wasn’t backed up by the Kiwi batsmen as they failed to reach the gettable 248. Rutherford fell in the third over and Devcich and Elliot followed soon after with just 45 runs on the board. Anderson and Taylor started off well and put a 61-run partnership for the 4th wicket. A lot was expected from the Captain Brendon McCullum but he fell after scoring just 14 runs. Down the order, Nathan along with Mills tried his best by adding another 37 runs to the board but was dismissed by Haque just like his brother. New Zealand lost the match by 40 runs and the loss would have come as a blow. The team has to put this defeat behind them and learn from their mistakes to put up a better show in the 3rd ODI.
Bangladesh has already won the series and the team is looking confident to make it a clean sweep. Though the home team has to improve further in batting, the bowlers have been performing brilliantly and were instrumental to their victories. New Zealand will look for a win here and I think the batsmen will do well and the Kiwis will get a much needed win on Sunday.
New Zealand, 1.66 @ Bet365
Bangladesh batsmen have scored runs, but none of their batsmen has looked good to make a big one. Black Caps have struggled to even going, let alone scoring a century. Considering these facts, I think we would not see a century scored in the match yet again.
Century To Be Scored In The Match: No, 1.61 @ William Hill