New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details
Will Bangladesh be able to make a comeback in the series?
Updated - Feb 15, 2019 3:57 pm
The first ODI of the three-match series between New Zealand and Bangladesh turned out to be one-sided. The visitors need to be credited for not giving up while defending a modest total and made the Kiwis toil hard for runs. But only one result was possible after the kind of start the home side got off to. Bangladesh will be hoping for a better show in the must-win encounter at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
The players clearly looked tired for the Tigers as they a few players had travelled only a few days after playing the whole of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). They must have also got the hold of conditions now and the batsmen have to give the bowlers some score to fight with.
New Zealand, on the other hand, seemed to have found back their groove after a lacklustre India series. Henry Nicholls’ emergence as the opener is a delighting news for them and the experiment should continue for the rest of the series.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Hagley Oval is full of runs and is pretty flat to start with and then it slows down as the game progresses. Even the stats suggest the same as only five times, a chasing team has won only five times in 13 matches. Christchurch will be cold enough and with the conditions set to remain cloudy, the new ball might move a lot. The temperatures will hover around 13-15 Degrees Celsius.
New Zealand aren’t expected to make any changes to their winning combination. This looks to be the perfect side for them going into the World Cup at the moment. Martin Guptill coming back in form is the biggest positive for them and Nicholls has also gelled well at the top of the order. James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme have done no hard with their performances while the pace trio led by Trent Boult is also doing well.
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Bangladesh too might not make any changes only after a solitary loss. Though they will hope for a better effort from the likes of Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar. Tamim Iqbal is a class act and he would be expected to hold the innings together along with the experienced Mushfiqur Rahim. Mohammad Mithun batted well in the last game and needs to be consistent with Sabbir Rahman also under pressure. The bowling attack didn’t have much to play with but still did well in terms of restricting the opponents.
Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman.
Probable Top Performers
Ross Taylor – New Zealand | Liton Das – Bangladesh
TV – Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD
Live Streaming – Hotstar
Match Timings – 3:30 IST; 11:00 local
The prediction is for New Zealand to register another clinical win and seal the series with one match to go.