It was the rain gods who were to be blamed for the no result in the 1st ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand. The 2nd ODI will take place on Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla stadium and both teams will be looking forward to a positive start.
After a disappointing end to their Asia Cup campaign, Bangladesh have a chance to gain some confidence before the ODI World Cup in a three-match ODI series against New Zealand. They did have a positive start in the first ODI with the bowl where Mustafizur Rahman gave early breakthroughs to the team.
New Zealand’s ODI performance has gone off the track in recent times but they still have a chance to revive their performance before the ODI World Cup. The top bookmakers in India have odds for this series with them.
Mustafizur Rahman is in the form of his life and is expected to continue the momentum in the 2nd ODI.
The betting tip is...
Mustafizur Rahman to pick 2.5+ wickets
Litton Das will be the leading man for the 2nd ODI as well with Mahmadullah and Tamim Iqbal in the team. Towhid Hridoy, Mahedi Hasan, and Soumya Sarkar are expected to handle the pressure of scoring runs in the middle order during the match. Mustafizur Rahman will be in the spotlight as he gave the team a good start in the 1st ODI with the ball.
He picked up 3 wickets in 7 Overs at an economy of 3.86. Overall in 2023, Rehman has picked up 13 wickets in 10 ODIs and has maintained a disciplined line and length. Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, and Mahmudullah will lead the spin attack for the team.
Litton Das, Tanzim Hasan, and Mustafizur Rehman are the key players in the team.
Predicted Lineup: Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Tamim Iqbal, Nurul Hasan, Tanzim Hasan Sakib
In the absence of Kane Williamson, Lockie Ferguson will be leading the team for the ODI series. Finn Allen and Will Young will be the opening pair with Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, and Cole McConchie expected to make a huge impact in the middle order.
Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Adam Milne will be expected to do a good job with the ball in the pace department with Ish Sodhi and Rachin Ravindra leading the spin department.
Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, and Lockie Ferguson are the key players for the Kiwi squad.
Predicted Lineup: Trent Boult, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Finn Allen, Ish Sodhi, Kyle Jamieson, Rachin Ravindra, Lockie Ferguson, Chad Bowes, Will Young, Tom Blundell
We are in for an absolute thriller between the two evenly-matched teams. Both teams have a good lineup of all-rounders and have good depth in their bowling and batting.
However, New Zealand carries less experience in playing spin bowlers and Bangladesh will get the benefit of the same. We predict a win for Bangladesh in the 2nd ODI.