About the Match
The first ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh ended with an all too familiar scoreline. The visitors had been routed by the Kiwis and suffered a massive 77 run loss. A closer look at the scorecard, though, suggests that New Zealand might have been tested a lot more closely if a couple of key moments would have gone Bangladesh’s way.
What about the second ODI though?
Second ODI Preview
The pitch that was provided at Christchurch was true, bouncy and excellent for batting and the same is expected at Nelson, the venue for the second ODI. The highest score at the ground, incidentally, is held by Bangladesh which they scored against Scotland in the 2015 World Cup.
New Zealand will have been thrilled with Tom Latham’s return to form after a poor series against Australia and Colin Munroe showed once again what a dangerous batsman he is.
The troubling though for Bangladesh is that the most dangerous batsman in the side, Martin Guptill, has yet to fire. Guptill was caught out by a slower ball in the first match, a mistake that we do not think he will make again.
Back him to score some big runs, maybe even a hundred.
Kane Williamson got a start but once again failed to convert it into something big. For a player of his class, it has been happening a little too often. The Kiwi skipper might find himself under pressure if he does not get a big one soon.
Bangladesh might have been beaten convincingly in the first match but here is why we think they have a chance to equalize the series. They had New Zealand at 158 for 4 before Munroe and Latham took the game away from them.
A quick wicket or two at that time could have kept the score down to 275-300 and given them a very real shot. Their bowlers were very inconsistent in the first match and should come back stronger in the second ODI.
The real cause of concern would be the sharp drop in pace that Mustafizur Rahman displayed after his return from injury. He is easily the best bowler in Bangladesh still but we recommend holding off placing a bet on him until he has had time to get back to full fitness.
Shakib-Al-Hasan top scored with the bat, took the most amount of wickets and single-handedly kept Bangladesh in the game. One of the best all-rounders in the game, Shakib can be backed to have a good game once again.
Our real pick for this match would be Mahmudullah. He scored a duck in the first game but has been excellent in the Bangladesh Premier League preceding this tournament. His high batting number plus the run of form he has displayed makes him our pick for the highest scorer in the Bangladesh innings.
The visitors will be forced to make one change as Mushfiqur Rahim is out injured and will be replaced by Nurul Hasan.
Bangladesh is a quality side now and even though they may have lost the first game convincingly, they still have the necessary ammunition to stage a comeback. We think that winning a match on the featherbed Nelson wicket might be their best chance.