New Zealand will host Bangladesh in a 3-match ODI series at home. The first match of this series is set to take place at Mclean Park in Napier.
New Zealand enter this match in strong form as the team won the T20I series against India only days ago. It was a very good performance by the New Zealand batters as Colin Munro found some good form to lead the side to victory in their final game. That being said, it was a struggle for New Zealand during the India ODI series and that will be a cause for concern as the team will look to start winning with the ICC World Cup only months away. On a positive, Trent Boult has been bowling very well for New Zealand and the pace bowler will look to use the swinging conditions in Napier to trouble the Bangladesh batsman. It will be important for Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to get some runs as they struggled in the series against India.
On the other side of the coin, Bangladesh enter this series in very good form having won an ODI, T20I and Test series at home against the West Indies. While the conditions are very different in New Zealand when compared to Bangladesh, the team will be feeling confident as they head into this clash. It is important to note that the Bangladesh team hasn’t played over the past month due to the Bangladesh Premier League so many of the players will be lacking international cricket experience.
McLean Park hosted the opening ODI between India and New Zealand where the host team was bowled out for less than 160. It is not an easy place to bat so both New Zealand and Bangladesh will be challenged.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick New Zealand to win. Bangladesh will be in a completely new environment and that is going to make it tough for the visitors as they adjust to the conditions. New Zealand will be feeling confident having recently beaten India in the T20I series and I see them winning this game.