New Zealand vs. Bangladesh 2021
3rd ODI – Fri, 26th March
New Zealand Cruising:
New Zealand already sealed the series with an authoritative run chase in the last game. Although they were put to the Bangladesh bowlers’ blade, skipper Tom Latham banged a delightful ton to guide the Kiwis home. New Zealand will be looking for a clean sweep going into the final match despite already taking the series lead.
Possible playing XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham/Mark Chapman, Tom Latham (C&WK), Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Devon Conway, Will Young, Matt Henry, and Trent Boult.
High Spirited Bangladesh:
Bangladesh is no weaklings by any means. Led by skipper Tamim Iqbal, the Asian team nearly hauled off a series-leveling victory, courteousness of a pleasing bowling presentation. With Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Mithun’s likes in the series, Bangladesh will fancy a victory in the third and final ODI to avoid a whitewash.
Tamim Iqbal, their finest player, has been predominantly poor. Soumya Sarkar, unexpectedly promoted to No 3, looks very unconfident of his part has been up and down the order in current years.
Possible playing XI: Tamim Iqbal (C), Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Mithun, Shoriful Islam/Rubel Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan, and Taskin Ahmed.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The third and final ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand will be played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on 26th March Friday.
The Basin Reserve is known for high-scoring games, and it shouldn’t be any distinct on Friday either. The batters should enjoy the ball coming onto the bat, with the ground’s small size also serving their cause. Nevertheless, the speedsters should get some extra bounce, which will keep the batsmen on their toes. With there being slight to no turn on offer, the spin bowlers might not play a massive role. Both sides will look to bat first upon winning the toss, with 275-285 being a good total at this ground.
Although the Black Caps are the absolute favourites to seal a win in Friday’s match, if the second ODI was a sign of what the tourists are proficient in, we should be in for an exciting cricket game at the Basin Reserve.
The pre-match odds for New Zealand are 1.10, while Bangladesh is at the odds of 7.00. The gap seems unreal, owing to the fightback from Bangla tigers in the last game. No wonder they are proficient enough of upsetting the odds. But, considering the conditions set up for the home team, they are out to win.