About the Match
Bangladesh has found itself in strong positions in both of the ODI’s played so far but not shown enough skill to bring those games home. As a result, Bangladesh face yet another series whitewash against New Zealand. Can the Bangla Tigers rise out of their slumber and play to their true potential?
3rd ODI Preview
The third match of the series will be held in Nelson, the same venue where the second ODI was held. This should be good news for the Bangladeshi’s as this is the one ground where conditions will be most akin to sub-continental on this tour.
New Zealand has recognized this fact as well and brought in Jeetan Patel for the last ODI to possibly play him as the second spinner. Trent Boult will be rested for this match as announced earlier and Patel could take his place in the playing 11.
Bangladesh also made a surprise pick last time around when they gave a debut to Tanbir Hayder ahead of Mehdi Hasan and there is a small chance that Hayder may be dropped after one match only. Hasan had a wonderful debut test series against England and may be a handful on the sluggish surface Nelson is expected to offer up.
If there was any fear that New Zealand might become complacent after winning the series, that was put to rest by their selection of Jeetan Patel. Bringing in new players will also ensure that they keep the individual motivation high and keep everyone on their toes.
New Zealand will also be aware that they have been lucky to have won the first two matches comfortably after their batting unit failed to deliver. Individual brilliance from Latham, Munroe and Broom kept them afloat when a couple of wickets at the wrong time could have meant disaster.
They will be looking to Guptill, Williamson and Ronchi to come to the party as well.
We would be a little cautious in backing Martin Guptill as the top scorer though since he traditionally does not do well on the slower surfaces. Williamson, on the other hand, might be a good bet to get a score of 70 plus especially if New Zealand bat first.
The New Zealand bowling will take a hit due to the absence of Trent Boult but Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Mitchell Santner should be enough to keep the Bangladeshi batsmen in check. We think that Santner is a good option for the top wicket-taker in the innings considering his good form and the nature of the surface being played on.
For Bangladesh, it is time for their top players to step up. Tamim Iqbal is someone who usually does well in dead rubbers and so he would our pick for the top run-scorer, while Shakib-al-Hasan gets the nod for being the top wicket taker in the Bangladeshi side.
The match should be evenly contested as the previous two have been at times but it is difficult to see Bangladesh getting over the line after the demoralizing defeat they suffered in the second match