As expected, New Zealand were too hot to handle for Bangladesh as they demolished the visitors by 8 wickets inside 22 overs. None of the Bangladesh batsmen could resist the Kiwi force as they were bundled out for a paltry 131. This was Bangladesh’s 14th consecutive loss against New Zealand in New Zealand. Unfortunately, things don’t look promising for the next game either. On paper, Bangladesh looks a decent side but if we dig deep, the records of their batsmen are not that great in the country. None of the top 4 has an average of over 30 in New Zealand. Also, the game will be played at Christchurch, a surface that tends to offer a lot more to the pacers. Against one of the most intimidating bowling attacks, under overcast conditions, Bangladesh batsmen are expected to be in for a hard time. Also, even if they manage to post a decent total, they don’t seem to have a wicket-taking bowler. They heavily rely on their spinners who might not get much help from the surface.
Every batsman that came out to bat for New Zealand in the 1st ODI did well. Martin Guptill has been in scintillating form of late while Devon Conway and Will Young showed enough promise in the first game. They’re coming back from some fine performances in the Super Smash and the T20I series against Australia. Ross Taylor could return to the playing XI, further strengthening the hosts. Overall, New Zealand is a far superior team and it will be a massive upset if Bangladesh does manage to level the series.
New Zealand Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Devon Conway, Will Young, Tom Latham (c & wk), James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Bangladesh Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal (c), Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman