New Zealand vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI: There’s absolutely no stopping Martin Guptill at the moment. The Kiwi dasher got to his 16th ODI hundred in the 2nd ODI and with the team working in synergy, the Bangladeshi boys have to put up a colossal effort to disrupt the Kiwi flow. The 3rd ODI at Dunedin is technically a dead rubber but with the World Cup on the horizon, every fixture will be a probable dress rehearsal for the mega event.
Bangladesh have some serious injury concerns. Their in-form batter Mohammad Mithun will miss the 3rd game due to a hamstring injury & Mushfiqur Rahim’s inclusion will be considered before the game begins. The Bangladeshi batters haven’t shown any discipline and in conditions where there’s evident lateral movement, a sterner technique is the need of the hour. Bangladesh, are undoubtedly one of the most improved sides in the last decade but in unfamiliar conditions, this is the right opportunity for them to prove their mettle. Can the top order fire for them in the 3rd ODI?
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI
Where: University Oval, Dunedin
When: 3:30 AM IST
Heavy runs are the forecast for this ODI. The pitch here is an absolute belter to bat on. Changing the pace of the ball would be one ploy the pacers will look to adapt to & with plenty of striking prowess in both squads, the teams would prefer chasing.
|Matches won batting first||4|
|Matches won batting second||5|
|Average 1st innings score||253|
|Average 2nd innings score||199|
|Highest Score at this venue||360/5 by NZ vs SL|
|Highest Total Chased||339/5 by NZ vs ENG|
Kane Williamson will be rested for this ODI. Tom Latham will lead the side & Colin Munro has been included into the side. The team is likely to go with 3 pacers, 1 spinner and 2 all-rounders.
Bangladesh have a lot of reasons to worry about. Their batters haven’t stepped up and the pacers have hardly been able to cause any inroads. Mohammad Saifuddin has been ordinary, to say the least, and Mashrafe Mortaza hasn’t been effective whatsoever. Their consistent scorer Mohammad Mithun will be out due to a hamstring injury & Monimul Haque is likely to take his place.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham(c/wk), Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry/Trent Boult, Tim Southee.
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Monimul Haque, Mohammad Saifuddin/Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehdy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Martin Guptill has been in scintillating touch and his ball striking form makes him the player to watch out for. Guptill will become the first New Zealand cricketer to score 3 hundreds in a bilateral series if he scores another hundred at Dunedin. He’s been the match winner for the Kiwis in the 2 ODIs after an unsuccessful series against India. At Dunedin, Guptill averages a mere 27.42 but those numbers are likely to change if he gets off to a start. On FanFight, Guptill costs a high 10 credits. Will he make the cut into your FanFight teams?
Mohammad Mithun scored 62 & 57 in the first 2 ODIs but will miss the 3rd ODI. While Bangladesh will miss his services, they’ll have to count on their other batters. Soumya Sarkar looked good in both the ODIs but didn’t convert his positive starts to big hundreds. If Bangladesh have to put up a sturdy fight, Sarkar has to bat and has to bat long. He will be the player to watch out for, for this fixture.
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