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After a long stint in Bangladesh Premier League, we'll finally see Bangladeshi players play in their national colors. They're set to play the first ODI of the three-match ODI series against the Kiwis, who will be buoyant with a dominant performance over India in the shortest format of the game. The first ODI will be played at Napier on 13th February. With World Cup just a couple of months away, there's not really enough time left to find the perfect combination from a big mix. Instead, the focus will be on fine-tuning the combination they already have. Regardlessly, it is an important series for both the sides and we should see a pretty good contest in the upcoming fixture.
New Zealand have dropped Colin Munro and Ish Sodhi and by doing so they've unearthed a couple of problems of their own. Colin Munro showed glimpses of his return to the form in the final T20I against India. Without a full-time experienced opener at the top of the order, the Kiwis might face some difficulties early on.
Their last campaign, which too was against a subcontinent side, wasn't particularly good. They won just one game out of a total of five primarily because their batsmen failed to read the spinners off the hand. With Bangladesh rich in slow-bowling talent, the same thing could happen again and the Kiwis will need to be prepared for the trial by spin.
Both Martin Guptill and Lokie Ferguson should be fully-fit and will walk into the side. The bowling attack comprising of Southee, Boult, and Ferguson looks threatening to say the least, especially in Kiwi conditions. There certainly is a dilemma over the fifth bowler between Todd Astle and Colin de Grandhomme. Colin de Grandhomme did some terrific hitting with the bat in the recently concluded T20I which might just be enough for him to make a place for himself ahead of Astle.
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, TWM Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, TA Boult.
The biggest concern for the Tigers will be the absence of Shakib Al Hasan who fractured his finger during the Bangladesh Premier League. With his absence, the team loses a lot from each department of the game, something which is difficult to fill with just one player coming in.
The most important player in Shakib's absence will be Tamim Iqbal who is coming off a sensation 141-run knock in the BPL final. Liton Das did well in the Asia Cup but hasn't really been able to score consistently ever since. With Soumya Sarkar, Mahumudullah, and Mishfiqur Rahim to follow, Bangladesh have a reliable middle-order, but it will be interesting to see how they adjust to the alien Kiwi conditions.
Bangladesh adaptability to the conditions will be a key concern for their management. They clearly looked uncomfortable as far as handling the conditions are concerned in the recently concluded practice game which they lost by a considerable margin. If they manage to adapt to the conditions quickly and perform anywhere near to what they do in home conditions, they'll certainly present a tough challenge to the hosts.
Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman.
Chasing was preferred by both the sides when India toured New Zealand not long ago. With surface likely to be the same as then, we expect the skippers to stick to the win the toss and bowl first decision
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Despite a poor performance in their last One Day International series, against India, the Kiwis start the series as firm favorites with an excellent amalgamation of youth and experience in their batting order. Bangladeshi will be dangerous with their battery of spin bowlers, but adapting to alien conditions after playing on slow and low pitches in BPL will be a concern. Keeping the above-mentioned things into consideration, the Kiwis are firm favorites to emerge victorious in the upcoming fixture.
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