|Opening Match||New Zealand won by 8 wickets|
|Fri, 19th Mar.||23:00||ODI||University Oval, Dunedin|
|Tue, 23rd Mar.||02:00||ODI||Hagley Oval, Christchurch|
|Thru, 25th Mar.||23:00||ODI||Basin Reserve, Wellington|
|Sun, 28th Mar.||02:00||T20||Seddon Park, Hamilton|
|Tue, 30th Mar.||07:00||T20||McLean Park, Napier|
|Thru, 1th Apr||07:00||T20||Eden Park, Auckland|
*West African Standard Time
Ranking and Current Performance
The New Zealand team is currently ranked 2nd in ODI and 5th in T20 world ranking. They have been superb in their last three T20 Series; defeating teams such as Australia (2–1), Pakistan (3–2) and the current T-20 World Cup champions the West Indies (2–0). They will be aiming to replicate this run of form against the Tigers. The Black Caps have played only one ODI since March 2020, which ended in a defeat to the Aussies, before the Covid outbreak resulted in the rest of that series being abandoned.
Bangladesh are currently ranked 7th in ODI and 8th in T20 world ranking. Their last three T20 Series results were a victory against Zimbabwe (2-0) and defeats against Pakistan (2-0) and India (2-1). The Tigers’ recent ODI series results are a couple of 3-0 victories against the Windies and Zimbabwe and a 3-0 loss against the Lankans. The Bangladeshi team is expected to adopt the game plan used against the Windies for their contest with the Black Caps.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Head-to-Head
New Zealand team have faced the Bangladeshi team 35 times in the ODI format, with the Kiwis being victorious 25 times, and losing 10 times.
In the T20, Bangladesh have played New Zealand seven times, losing on each occasion.
New Zealand Squad
Devon Conway, Will Young and Daryl Mitchell have earned their maiden ODI call-ups for the three-match series against Bangladesh. Regular captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out with an elbow injury, which opens the door for either Conway or Young to step into the batting line-up in his absence.
Tom Latham will lead the side, while Lockie Ferguson (back injury) and Colin de Grandhomme (ankle injury) were not considered for selection due to their injuries.
Bangladesh named a 20-man squad for this ODI and T20I series. Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan missed out while fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain and batsman Mosaddek Hossain were recalled to the side.
Tamim Iqbal will lead the team in both ODIs and T20s. The 3-match ODI series will be part of the Cricket World Cup Super League and will be followed by a 3-match T20I series.
Shakib Al Hasan was left out after he was granted paternity leave to be with his wife in the United States. Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed, who is yet to make his debut for Bangladesh, made the cut.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Opening Match Recap
Last Friday saw the ODI series start in Dunedin, with New Zealand winning the toss and electing to bowl. It turned out to be a very one-sided affair, with New Zealand never looking in any trouble.
Bangladesh totalled 131 in their innings, being bowled out with over eight overs remaining. Mahmudullah was top scorer with a meagre 27, whilst the dependable Trent Boult was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers, taking 4-27 off his 8.5 overs.
In their innings, New Zealand got off to a rapid start, with Martin Guptill hitting seven boundaries in 19 balls to score a fast 38, whilst Henry Nicholls finished on 49 not out as the home side cruised to an easy victory, losing just two wickets and having 28 overs to spare!
New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Our prediction
This series’ predictions is for the New Zealanders; based on their track record.
T20: (3 – 0) in favour of New Zealand
ODI: (2 – 1) in favour of New Zealand (Currently 1-0 to New Zealand)
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