New Zealand sent a second-string team to play the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh. The ‘Bangla Tigers’ also rested a few of their stalwarts. After the first ODI ended in no result, the Kiwis emerged victorious by 86 runs in the second game on Saturday. New Zealand lead the series 1-0, with the final game set to be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, on Tuesday, September 26.
For the third ODI, the ‘Bangla Tigers’ have made quite a few changes to their squad, with a fit-again Najmul Hossain Shanto taking up the captaincy role from Litton Das. The wicketkeeper-batter has been rested for the final game alongside Tamim Iqbal and Mustafizur Rahman. The likes of Taskin Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Shoriful Islam have returned to the side to get some game time ahead of the ODI World Cup, starting next month.
For the Blackcaps, Henry Nicholls has been among the runs as he has scores of 44 and 49 in the two games. He will look to get a big one in the all-important final game. Ish Sodhi was phenomenal in the second ODI as he finished with career-best figures of 6/39 in 10 overs. He will hold the key in the middle overs.
BAN vs NZ Match Details:
Match: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI Match
Venue: Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
Date & Time: Saturday, September 26, 1:30 PM IST
Live Streaming Details: Sony Sports Network
BAN vs NZ Pitch Report:
Scoring runs has been difficult as the pitch at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium has been quite sluggish and spinners have found good help off the deck. Therefore, the batters will have to battle it out and batting first could be the ideal option after winning the toss at this venue.
BAN vs NZ Head-to-Head Record:
BAN vs NZ Probable Playing XI
Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (C), Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam
New Zealand (NZ):
Finn Allen, Will Young, Chad Bowes, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Cole McConchie, Ish Sodhi, Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson (C), Trent Boult
Probable Best Performers:
Probable Best Batter:
Najmul Hossain Shanto (New Zealand):
The stylish southpaw has been in fine form this year. He is Bangladesh’s highest run-getter in ODIs in 2023 with 622 runs in 13 innings at an average of 47.84 and a strike rate of 86.50. He would like to continue the purple patch and head into the ODI World Cup full of confidence.
Probable Best Bowler:
Ish Sodhi (Bangladesh):
The leg-spinner has played a lot of cricket in the sub-continent and he used all his experience to produce a terrific effort in the second game. Bangladesh will have their task cut out against Sodhi, especially if they are batting second.
Today’s Match Prediction: Bangladesh to win the match