Hurting after an embarrassing 4-1 loss to India in the One Day Internationals recently, New Zealand would want to make amends against Bangladesh, as the two sides lock horns for the first of the three ODIs at McLean Park on Wednesday.
The Kiwi captain inspired his side to clinch the T20I series against India following ODI series loss but can he do it in the 50-over format against Bangladesh?
Bangladesh received a set-back with Shakib sidelined for the series. However, they will be confident after the likes of Tamim Iqbal went full throttle in the latter stages of recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League.
Bangladesh players have got enough match practice and confidence from the BPL although they went down in the tour game against New Zealand XI. If they can adjust to the conditions quickly, they can throw Blackcaps a challenge.
Form Guide (last five ODIs, recent first)
Bangladesh – W L W W W
New Zealand – L W L L L
Head-to-head (last five ODIs)
New Zealand – 3, Bangladesh – 2
Where – McLean Park, Napier
When – 13 February at 6:30 AM IST
Martin Guptill is set to return from injury.
Colin Munro will come in for the third game in place of Kane Williamson, with the latter taking rest for the 3rd game.
Shakib Al Hasan misses out due to an injury for Bangladesh. Taskin Ahmed is another who has been ruled out of the series due to a lateral ligament injury to his left ankle.
BAN Playing 11: Masrafe Bin Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal Khan, Litton Kumer Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Md Mithun, Mahmud Ullah
Doubtful – Soumya Sarker, Shabbir Rahaman, Md Shaifuddin, Nayeem Hasan, Shafiul Islam
Bangladesh ODI squad: Masrafe Bin Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Litton Kumer Das, Soumya Sarker, Mushfiqur Rahim, Md Mithun, Mahmud Ullah, Shabbir Rahaman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Md Shaifuddin, Nayeem Hasan, Shafiul Islam
NZ Playing 11: Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor
Doubtful – Todd Astle, Tim Southee
New Zealand ODI squad: Kane Williamson (c) (Games 1 & 2), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro (Game 3), Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor
Make BAN vs NZ Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed above.