Bangladesh are touring of New Zealand and the first of three One Day Internationals takes place in Napier on Wednesday.
New Zealand were beaten 4-1 by India in a home series recently including an 8 wicket defeat at this venue when they were bowled out for just 157. Prior to the India series the Black Caps completed a 3-0 clean sweep of Sri Lanka in a home series. They also drew 1-1 with Pakistan in the UAE recently with no result possible in what would have been the decider. Kane Williamson skippers New Zealand for the first 2 matches before he takes a break for the final ODI.
New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (c) (Games 1 & 2), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro (Game 3), Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
Bangladesh took in a practice match against a New Zealand XI last week and they were beaten by 2 wickets. Their last ODI action came in a home series against WIndies in December and they came through with a 2-1 win. Bangladesh have been dealt a blow with key all rounder Shakib al Hasan ruled out of the squad through injury.
Bangladesh Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, (VC) , Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Md Mithun, Md Saifuddin, Sabbir Rahman,Nayeem Hasan, Shafiul Islam
Recent Head to Head
Overall the teams have met 31 times in this format with New Zealand winning 21 and Bangladesh 10.
In New Zealand all 10 meetings have gone the way of the Black Caps.
The teams last met in the Champions Trophy in England in June 2017 and Bangladesh sprang a surprise with a 5 wicket victory.
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New Zealand 3/10
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Suggested Bet: Highest 1st 15 Overs Score, New Zealand at 13/20
New Zealand were way below par in the series against India recently. They ought to bounce back here and with Guptill returning they will be looking for a fast start.