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New Zealand vs. Bangladesh 2021 : ONE-SIDED AFFAIR? || 1st ODI

New Zealand vs. Bangladesh 2021

1st ODI – Sun, 20th March

Unstoppable New Zealand:

The Kiwis have been irresistible this season, with series wins over Pakistan, Australia, and West Indies in the game’s shortest format. They face a tricky test against the Bangla Tigers in the ODIs as they construct towards the upcoming T20 world cup. Their usual skipper Kane Williamson is absent, and so is veteran batsman Ross Taylor, opening up chances for Will Young and Devon Conway to reinforce their places in the team. The burden will be on their senior bowlers to come up with the best against Bangladesh in the series. 

Possible playing XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tom Latham (C&WK), James Neesham, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Devon Conway, Will Young, Tim Southee, and Trent Boult.

Ardent Bangladesh:

The tourist side Bangladesh is a strength to be considered within the 50-over format. Although they are deprived of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh possesses a good blend of experience and youth. Led by Tamim Iqbal, the Asian team will look to trash the Kiwis in their turf and restore their ODI format credentials. The all-rounder responsibilities will be shared between Mosaddek Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, and Mohammad Saifuddin.

Possible playing XI: Tamim Iqbal (C), Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, and Taskin Ahmed/Rubel Hossain.   

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The first ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand will be played at the University Oval in Dunedin on 20th March Sunday.

Although the wicket at the University Oval is a decent one to bat on, there will be plenty of help on offer for the speedsters as well. While the new ball introduces a test, the batters should enjoy the ball coming on to the bat nicely. There won’t be much available for the spin bowlers, who will need to be intelligent with their lines and lengths. Both sides will look to bat in the first innings and put up a total upon winning the toss, with 275-285 being standard at the venue.

Tops Value:

New Zealand is the favourite to win the series, owing to their better bowling lineup and home situations. The Kiwis begin their game at the odds of 1.14 while the visitors are at 5.75. These odds are tall, and we won’t doubt that the black caps will make it through.

However, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin’s likes could prove to be a problem for the Kiwis in what should be an exciting game in Dunedin on Friday.