New Zealand may have wrapped the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh in the first two games but there is still a lot to play for. The two sides have a go at each other in the 50-over format one last time before the start of Test series. The hosts come into the final ODI game on a high having registered comfortable wins in the first two encounters, 8-wicket wins in both games, to take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Bangladesh are under the pump after dismal outings. Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah can be the difference and help the tourists salvage pride and regain confidence ahead of the three-match Test series. Can the visitors avoid a 3-0 mauling?
Form Guide (last five ODIs, recent first)
Bangladesh – L L W L W
New Zealand – W W L W L
Head-to-head (last five ODIs)
New Zealand – 3, Bangladesh – 2
Where – University Oval, Dunedin
When – 20 February at 3:30 AM IST
New Zealand Team News:
Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson has been rested for the third and final One Day International. Tom Latham will captain Blackcaps as the stand-in skipper.
Colin Munro has been added to the New Zealand squad.
With series in the bag, there could be a couple of more changes as the hosts would want to test their bench.
Bangladesh Team News
Mohammad Mithun has been ruled out for Bangladesh while Mushfiqur Rahim is also doubtful. Mominul Haque is likely to come in for the former.
In addition, Bangladesh may consider bringing Rubel Hossain for Md. Shaifuddin.
BAN Playing 11: Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan,
Doubtful – Rubel Hossain, Md Shaifuddin, Mushfiqur Rahim
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: Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor
Doubtful – Todd Astle, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee
New Zealand ODI squad: Tom Latham (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor.
Top Picks – Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor and Lokie Ferguson can be picked on their current form, while Tamim Iqbal can be considered basis track records.
X-factors – Liton Das has misfired but can be a difficult customer on his day. Colin Munro is another who can wreak havoc.
Risky selections – New Zealand can play Tim Southee and rest Trent Boult, while Todd Astle can make way for Mitchell Santner. Bangladesh may consider bringing Rubel Hossain for Md. Shaifuddin. Mushfiqur Rahim is a doubt.
Make BAN vs NZ Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed above.