New Zealand’s three-match ODI series against Bangladesh will be their last bilateral assignment before the all-important World Cup in England.BANGLADESH TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND
which effectively gives them five games, including two practice games against India and Windies in May, before their opening clash against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.
And even though they have never lost an ODI to Bangladesh at home, the 4-1 series loss to India has the hosts sweating enough.
and so Henry Nicholls will continue at the top and hope to make the most of the opportunities.
He will have a fit-again Martin Guptill to open the batting with for only the second time. That Guptill endured an average series against India, scoring 47 runs across four innings, heats things up further at the top.
Bangladesh are almost never underdogs nowadays, but their coach Steve Rhodes insists that they are that on this tour of New Zealand,
given the pressure of a winless record in the country on four previous tours, that has been made worse by the injury-spurred absence of Shakib Al Hasan.
Bangladesh play a tri-series against Windies and Ireland before their two World Cup practice games against Pakistan and India.
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while Tim Southee and Trent Boult were without a wicket against a powerful Indian top order.
the T20I series against India with a back injury but he’ll have to get through a fitness test
on the morning of the match before resuming his newly-formed opening combination with Nicholls. Worth reminding that Colin Munro has been dropped for the first two ODIs, and only comes as a replacement in the third ODI for Kane Williamson.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah scored fifties in Bangladesh’s two-wicket loss in the warm-up, and hold key to their batting. Tamim Iqbal,
coming off a belligerent innings of 141* in the BPL final, makes for another important cog in the batting wheel.