Following a disastrous home series versus Kohli’s XI, the Kiwis would be eyeing to bounce back on their winning note. Bangladesh, on the other hand, had a stupendous run in the lastly played ODI series versus the Windies in their home turf and would look to stipulate a similar outcome in the forthcoming tour too. Here’s NZ vs BAN 1st ODI Preview featuring the Team News, Head to Heads and Predicted XI for both the units.
NZ vs BAN 1st ODI Preview: Team News, Head to Heads and Predicted XI
Date: February 13, Wednesday.
Time: 6:30 AM IST, 1:00 AM GMT, 2:00 AM LOCAL.
Venue: McLean Park, Napier.
Form Guide (Last Five ODI Matches)
New Zealand: LLLWL
Head to Heads in ODIs
21-5 in the favor of Kiwis. Both units have locked horns with each other on a total of 26 occasions, wherein New Zealand has emerged meritorious on 21 occasions with the remaining 5 contests to land in Bangladesh’s favor.
Martin Guptill’s resurgence for the home series following an injury sustained in the ODIs against the Indian lineup has led to a sigh of relief in the Kiwi tent. With him leading the attack along with skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at the other end, one might expect a majestic total from the home team’s end.
Not to mention the presence of Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls who could be considered as crucial contenders to watch out for from the New Zealand’s unit.
Trent Boult had a ripper of time in the 5-match ODI series versus the Indian lineup wherein he grappled 12 scalpings to his name. Thus, the Kiwi team and management would expect the left-armer to don a similar performance in the forthcoming series as well starting from the game at Napier.
The pace duo of Tim Southee and Henry Nicholls would be under heavy scrutiny too as they had faltered to lay any impactful performance in the home series versus Kohli & Co. and thus would be anticipated to render a scintillating show in the forthcoming feud.
New Zealand’s Predicted XI
Shakib Al Hasan’s exclusion from the touring lineup owing to a finger injury sustained during the BPL contests has put the pressure onto the trio of Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar for steering the Bangladeshi unit to the roads of galore.
Among the aforementioned, the performance of Tamim Iqbal would be of utmost concern for the tourists if they are to surface meritorious in the coming feud.
Mushfiqur Rahim would be another experienced campaigner among the Bangladeshis who would be under the radar in the ongoing series. His exhibitions in the 3-match ODI series versus the Windies wherein he aggregated 133 runs along with two fifties makes him a player to watch out for in the coming contest.
Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and his apprentice Mustafizur Rahman would hold the key for the Bangladeshi unit in the game at McLean Park. The previous series versus the Windies witnessed the duo affect 6 and 5 wickets respectively in the 3-match series. Thus, they would be expected to do the same in the forthcoming feud.
Mehidy Hasan’s another campaigner who would be expected to put up a scintillating show in the upcoming duel taking into account his numbers in the 3-match series versus the Caribbeans wherein he amassed 6 dismissals.
Bangladesh’s Predicted XI
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