New Zealand will play Bangladesh in the first of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs). When the Kiwis hosted the West Indies, Pakistan, and Australia in the last 3-4 months, they didn’t play any ODI matches. After a one-year break, they will be playing an ODI match this time. They lost by 71 runs against Australia last played an ODI match in Australia, and the series was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
They thrashed India 3-0 when they played the last ODI series on home soil. In the absence of Kane Williamson, Tom Latham will lead the side. Devon Conway, Will Young, and Daryl Mitchell have all been selected for their first ODI appearances. With the new stand-in skipper, it will be fascinating to see how they handle the ODI series. The series opener has also been ruled out for Ross Taylor.
Bangladesh is returning to New Zealand after a two-year absence. They haven’t played much international cricket in the last year, but they recently hosted the West Indies in ODI and Test matches. They won the One-Day International series 3-0 but lost the Test series 0-2 to the West Indies.
Bangladesh will be led by opener Tamim Iqbal, while Shakib Al Hasan will be absent from both the ODI and T20 squads. New Zealand has beaten them 3-0 twice in their last two tours. They will be looking for much better results than on previous tours.
It will be partially cloudy in Dunedin during the day, with temperatures varying from 13~16 degrees Celsius and a humidity of 72%. There is no precipitation forecast for this match.
Although the University Oval pitch is conducive to batting, the pacers will have plenty of assistance. Though the new ball poses a challenge, the batsmen can appreciate how well the ball glides onto the bat. The spinners would need to be cautious about their lines and lengths because there won’t be much purchase. After winning the toss, both teams will look to bat first, with a par score of 270-280 expected at the venue.
Tom Latham (c&wk), Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Devon Conway, Will Young, Jimmy Neesham, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Henry Nicholls
Tamim Iqbal (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain/Mohammad Mithun, Hasan Mahmud/Taskin Ahmed
New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st ODI Dream 11:
Tom Latham (c&wk), Liton Das (wk), Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Will Young, Tamim Iqbal, Mitchell Santner, Soumya Sarkar, Trent Boult, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman
Winning the toss
Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Trent Boult (New Zealand)
Mahmudullah (Bangladesh), Jimmy Neesham (New Zealand)
Player of the Match
Team Scores Batting First
Bangladesh 290+, New Zealand 320+
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