After a triumphant performance in the rain-affected first ODI, New Zealand is set to clash with Bangladesh at Nelson's Saxton Oval Stadium on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at 4:30 a.m. IST.
The initial encounter saw New Zealand secure a 44-run victory, courtesy of an outstanding 171-run partnership between Young and Latham for the first wicket. While several Bangladeshi batters made promising starts with scores ranging from 30 to 40, they fell short of playing substantial innings to steer the team to victory.
With two ODIs remaining, Bangladesh has an opportunity to turn the tide against New Zealand. The top bookmakers in India have solid odds for this match.
Rachin has an average of 45.5 in his last 10 ODI matches.
The betting tip is...
Rachin Ravindra to score 49.5+ runs.
Since many of the senior players are rested from this series, Will Young got a chance to open the innings and grabbed it with both hands as he scored a brilliant century. The stand-in captain, Tom Latham, also played a fantastic knock, scoring 92 runs in just 77 balls.
The other batters could not capitalize and would be expected to be back in form in this match. Rachin Ravindra would be the batter to look out for, as he has scored 455 runs in the last 10 ODI matches, whereas Josh Clarkson, who took two wickets in the opening game, will be the bowler to look forward to.
Ben Sears might replace William Orourke as he is not performing up to mark.
Predicted Lineup: Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham (c, wk), Tom Blundell, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, and Ben Sears/William ORourke
For Bangladesh, Najmul Hossain Shanto has taken over the captaincy reins for this series in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan. The opener, Anamul Haque, was their best batter in the first match, scoring 43 runs.
Experienced batters such as Litton Das, who has scored 306 runs in the last 10 ODI matches, will be expected to stand up in the second match if they need to level the series at 1-1. Shoriful Islam, the left-arm pacer, will be the bowler to look out for, as he has taken 12 wickets in the last nine ODI matches.
Tanzid Hasan can come in place of Soumya Sarkar.
Predicted Lineup: Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Litton Das, Anamul Haque, Towhid Hridoy, Afif Hossain, Soumya Sarkar/Tanzid Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, and Shoriful Islam
Considering the head-to-head record with New Zealand leading 4-0 in the last five encounters and the outcome of the first match, it's evident that New Zealand has a clear advantage heading into the second ODI.
While cricket norms discourage ruling out a team prematurely, we anticipate a stronger performance from Bangladesh in this fixture, aiming to level the series.
The third ODI could potentially become a do-or-die encounter for both teams, adding to the anticipation.