Bangladesh vs New Zealand
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 19, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Dunedin, New Zealand
The Line: Bangladesh +450/ New Zealand -700, Over/Under:
New Zealand and Bangladesh will play the final match of their ODI series at the University Oval in Dunedin. New Zealand have won both of the previous games so Bangladesh will be desperate to ensure their tour gets a win.
The biggest problem for Bangladesh has been their batting. In both games, key Bangladeshi players such as Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim have failed which resulted in the overall team total to be a long way below par. On a positive note, Mohammad Mithun has been batting well and he got another 50 in the previous game which should ensure he will enter this contest full of confidence. The bowling has also been very poor Bangladesh as the team has conceded over 450 runs in the 2 matches and have taken only 4 wickets. With a bowling average of over 110, Bangladesh will need to bowl much better if they wish to compete in this match.
On the other side of the coin, New Zealand are looking very strong as they enter this match. The host nation had another big win in the previous game with Martin Guptill continuing his strong form with the bat. As far as the bowling was concerned, Todd Astle impressed in the previous fixture as he 2 vital wickets to ensure Bangladesh couldn’t recover.
The University Oval ground is a very small venue and that is often a reason for it producing high scoring games since it is easy for the batters to clear the boundaries.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick New Zealand to win this match. Bangladesh have been comfortably outplayed in this total and the team looks very low on confidence as they head into this fixture. With contrasting forms for the two teams, I see New Zealand winning this match and winning the series 3-0.