After winning the T20I series against India, New Zealand will look to keep the momentum going when they take on Bangladesh in this three-game one-day international series. The first ODI will be played on February 13 at the McLean Park in Napier. Live telecast of the match is scheduled to begin at 2 PM local time.
NZ vs BAN, 1st ODI: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Fox Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, SuperSport, Gazi TV, OSN Sports Cricket HD
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, SuperSport Live, Now TV
NZ vs BANToss Prediction
Seven of the last eleven completed one-day internationals (including the most recently played three) at the McLean Park have been won by the side batting second. Since the pitch at this ground tends to become better for batting during the latter-half of a game, the team that wins the toss here on Wednesday is likely to bowl first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for NZ vs Ban, 1st ODI...
New Zealand Team News & Playing 11
NZ Team News
New Zealand have named roughly the same squad that played against India in the recent ODI series with the exception that Colin Munro has not been included for the first two ODIs. The opening batsman has been dropped due to underwhelming performances against India but he will return for the third ODI to replace Kane Williamson who will be rested for that game. Martin Guptill, who missed the fifth ODI as well as the entire T20I series against India due to a back injury, seems to have recovered and is expected to partner Henry Nicholls at the top of the batting order.
NZ Key Players
Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are the key figures in New Zealand's batting line-up. Taylor scored the most runs for the Kiwis in the recent ODI series against India and he is the third-highest run-getter at the McLean Park in ODIs. Guptill has five ODI half-centuries at this ground and he will be raring to perform after an injury layoff. Williamson is having an ODI average of 47.37 here and the skipper stands a good chance of scoring big in this match. Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner will be the danger men with the ball. Boult is ranked third in the ICC ODI bowling rankings and he finished as the best bowler in the series against India with 12 wickets. The fast bowler is likely to claim the best figures for New Zealand in this match. Santner is another bowler that the Bangladeshi batsmen will find hard to score off.
NZ Recent Form
New Zealand have played eight one-day internationals this year out of which they have won four and lost as many. After whitewashing Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series in January, the Kiwis suffered a 1-4 loss to India in their most recent ODI series. The hosts faced heavy defeats in the first three games against India but hit back hard in the fourth ODI at Hamilton to register a thumping eight-wicket win.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Bangladesh Team News & Playing 11
BAN Team News
Bangladesh have been dealt a massive blow ahead of this opening one-day international as Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the NZ vs BAN ODI series with a finger injury. The allrounder fractured his finger while batting in Friday's final of the Bangladesh Premier League. The visitors have already lost pace bowler Taskin Ahmed for the entire New Zealand tour due to an ankle injury and he has been replaced in the ODI squad by Shafiul Islam. Sabbir Rahman is making his return to international cricket as the ICC has reduced his ban by one month.
BAN Key Players
Bangladesh will bank on Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah to deliver the goods when it comes to batting. Tamim is one of their best white-ball batsmen and the opener is coming off a magnificent 141 off 61 balls against the Dhaka Dynamites in the BPL 2019 final. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah both struck half-centuries in Sunday's practice match against New Zealand XI and the visitors will want them to carry that form into this match. In terms of bowling, Bangladesh will have their hopes pinned on Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza. Mustafizur is one of the top ten ODI bowlers in the world and the onus will be on him to pick wickets upfront and take the fizz out of New Zealand's batting. Off-spinner Mehidy and Mortaza were the joint-leading wicket-takers in Bangladesh's previous ODI series against the West Indies with six wickets apiece. The Kiwis are not that comfortable against quality spin which is why Mehidy will be the bigger threat.
BAN Recent Form
Bangladesh have been pretty consistent in the fifty-over format of late. They have won 13 out of their 20 one-day internationals played last year and are coming on the back of five wins in their last six matches. Their previous ODI assignment came against the West Indies at home in December. It was a series of three matches which Bangladesh ended up winning 2-1. Prior to that, they defeated Zimbabwe 3-0 in another home series.
Bangladesh Predicted Playing 11
Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin/Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
NZ : L W L L L
BAN : W L W W W
NZ vs BAN Head to Head
New Zealand and Bangladesh have played a total of 31 one-day internationals against each other with the former winning 21 of those and the latter 10.
The two countries have faced each other twice at the McLean Park in the fifty-over format with the hosts emerging victorious on both the occasions.
New Zealand recorded a resounding 146-run victory when they last played an ODI against Bangladesh at this ground in February 2010. The hosts posted a huge total of 336/9 on the board after winning the toss and electing to bat first. The visitors, in reply, were bowled out for just 190 inside 44 overs.
Matches Played: 31; New Zealand Won: 21; Bangladesh Won: 10
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Betting Odds
New Zealand begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win the first one-day international. The hosts are currently being offered at odds of 1.33 on Betway, 1.30 on Bet365 and 1.31 on Betfair. Bangladesh find themselves as huge underdogs for this game at a much higher price of 3.20 on Betway, 3.50 on Bet365 and 4 on Betfair.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Prediction
New Zealand were seen struggling in their last ODI series against India. However, they are expected to dominate the seventh-ranked Bangladesh who are unlikely to present them with the same challenge that India did. The visitors have been faring well in this format but most of their recent wins have come against Zimbabwe and the West Indies. It is going to be a completely different ball game for them away from home and their batsmen will have to work really hard to counter the Kiwi bowling attack in these conditions. Bangladesh have also lost their key man Shakib Al Hasan to injury which has left a big hole in both their batting and bowling departments. New Zealand have won three of their last four completed ODIs at this venue and we expect them to add one more win here on Wednesday.
Back New Zealand to beat Bangladesh in the first ODI at 1.33 with Betway, 1.30 with Bet365 and 1.31 with Betfair.