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|Colin de Grandhomme||37||15||4||2||246.67|
|Colin de Grandhomme||5.0||0||18||1||3.60|
Bangladesh were never expected to overpower Bangladesh coming into the ODI series, but the series wasn't expected to be as one-sided as it has been as well. With the series already done and dusted, the Kiwis will look forward to experimenting a bit and test out their bench strength going into the third ODI which is set to be played at University Oval, Dunedin on Wednesday, February 20th. Both the matches have unexpectedly been one-sided affairs with tourists failing miserably. The conditions in New Zealand are closest to what will be in England during the World Cup and given the way they have failed to adapt, Bangladesh's management and fans won't be too amused. With a couple of main players likely to be rested for the Kiwis, we expect a closer contest in the final ODI, but the Tigers will need to do a lot better than they've done in the two games.
Going into the second ODI, New Zealand changed their winning combination to include Todd Astle for Mitchell Santner. The move was largely to provide all the World Cup probables with ample match time and conclude the best first eleven for the marquee tournament.
With the series already under the wraps, the Kiwis are likely to make more changes with skipper Kane Williamson certain to be rested. Another important change could be the inclusion of Tim Southee for Matt Henry who has done fairly well over the last few games.
With Henry Nicholls at the top of the order and Martin Guptill back in form, this Kiwi batting lineup has looked in sublime form. Guptill is coming into the third game in red-hot form and will be key Kiwi player not just in the upcoming fixture, but also at the World Cup.
Without a doubt, Ross Taylor has been the safety net for New Zealand over the last couple of years. His average in the last couple of years has been second only to Virat Kohli - which speaks volumes about the consistency he has scored with. With Williamson rested, Taylor will have a bigger responsibility to keep the innings together and launch a counter-attack if and when required.
In the first two matches, it's been Kiwi bowling which has set the tone on which Martin Guptill has capitalized brilliantly. Twice in two matches have they restricted New Zealand to under-par totals on the surfaces where par score was more around 300. The surface at University Oval is expected to be a batting paradise and it will be interesting to see if new-face Kiwi bowling attack is able to make the same impression as they did in the first two matches.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, TWM Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, TG Southee, Lockie Ferguson, TA Boult.
The tourists will be utterly disappointed in the way they have performed in the series thus far. They came into the series on the back of a few good performances albeit at home or home-like conditions. They've failed to adapt to the conditions here which have probably been the major reason for their downfall.
With whole batting order collapsing in both the games, the only silver lining for the Tigers was the effort of Mohammad Mithun. He complimented the fifty he scored in the first match with another half-century in the second and will be looking for another good score going into the second match. After a scintillating knock of 141 in the BPL finals, Tamim Iqbal hasn't done anything worthwhile. The opening pair of Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal has added only 12 runs in the two matches combined and will be under immense pressure to get their team off the blocks in the final ODI.
With batting not doing well, the bowlers really haven't had the runs on the board to put any pressure whatsoever on the Kiwis. Having said that, they have lacked discipline with lines & lengths and their fielding hasn't helped their bowling either. Bangladesh are likely to have a better chance against a lesser-strength Kiwi team, but they'd have to do a lot better than they've done so far so as to cause even a wee bit of trouble for the Kiwis.
Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain.
Bangladesh came into the series with the hopes of causing an upset, but here they are fighting to avoid a white-wash in what has been a one-sided affair. They'd certainly stand a better chance than they did in the first two games due to multiple reasons, but the Kiwi players will be well aware of World Cup spot on the grabs and won't leave any stone unturned to cement those. Bangladesh have struggled to come to terms with Kiwi conditions and riding on a couple of superb performances, the hosts go into the third game as the firm favorites.
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