Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview comes steaming in with ODI cricket tips for New Zealand’s series opener against Bangladesh.
12:00 (AEDT) @ McLean Park, Napier
History: Played 31: New Zealand 21 V Bangladesh 10
Last Meeting: June 9, 2017: Bangladesh d New Zealand by 5 wickets at Sophia Gardens
Final Thoughts: With the World Cup less than four months away, New Zealand and Bangladesh will be eager to capitalise on this three-match opportunity to build some ODI form.
After wiping the floor with Sri Lanka across all three formats, the Black Caps home campaign against India brought mixed results. They lost the one-day series 4-1, which each defeat convincing and marked by subpar batting.
New Zealand take the series 2-1!
— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
But they bounced back with a thrilling 2-1 T20I series win, twice posting over 200 runs. But the stars of those victories – openers Tim Seiffert and Colin Munro – will not face Bangladesh in Napier.
Martin Guptill returns from injury, however, and he needs solid time at the crease ahead of the World Cup.
Martin Guptill set to return from injury as New Zealand announce 14-man squad for upcoming #NZvBAN ODI series.
— ICC (@ICC) February 9, 2019
Bangladesh make their first international foray since beating West Indies in Test (2-0), ODI (2-1) and T20I (2-1) series at home in November/December.
Star opener Tamim Iqbal smashed a pair of half-centuries in the one-dayers but was out cheaply in all three T20s. But he’s been in hot form since in the BPL.
A knock worthy of a final, Tamim Iqbal powers Comilla Victorians to 199-3
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 8, 2019
Bangladesh have won their last two ODIs against New Zealand, both in 2017 at the unlikely venues of Dublin (Tri-Series) and Cardiff (Champions Trophy).
But the Black Caps are 10-0 against Bangladesh on home soil. They swept a series in the 2016/17 summer 4-0.
New Zealand, hot favourites at $1.20, are unlikely to get rolled here. And Guptill is expected to be the player to lead the hosts’ charge.
He came back from a long layoff last month with a bombastic 138 against Sri Lanka, but made 15 or less in his next six ODIs against Sri Lanka and India. Guptill boasts four half-centuries from his last six ODIs in Napier.
Martin Guptill's 138 and a 13-ball 47* plus 3/38 for Jimmy Neesham helped New Zealand claim victory by 45 runs in the first ODI against Sri Lanka at Mount Maunganui.#NZvSL REPORT 👇https://t.co/hjC7eyn97T pic.twitter.com/oRP5se0FfK
— ICC (@ICC) January 3, 2019