Bangladesh vs New Zealand 2nd ODI

Published: February 8, 2010

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Bangladesh will try to put behind the mauling of the first one-day international when they take on New Zealand in the second match at the University Oval in Dunedin today.

The home side one the other hand will look to clinch the three-match series after their 146-run win in the opening match on Friday.

The match starts at 5am Bangladesh time with SuperSport6 beaming live coverage.

The Tigers also suffered a humiliating defeat in the lone T20 against the Black Caps mainly because of their poor showing with the bat. They made two changes in the playing eleven with a non-performing middle-order batsman Rokibul Hasan and pacer Nazmul Hossain, who bowled badly at the death in the first ODI, making way for Aftab Ahmed and Rubel Hossain.

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful however ducked the axe despite continuing his comical showing with the bat.

The only decision for New Zealand is whether they want to bring in Ian Butler for one of the three quick bowlers who played on Friday. If they do, Tim Southee could be the one who will sit out.

CricInfo adds: for New Zealand, Monday’s match presents a chance to complete a quick series victory. With several of their key players injured, the contests against Bangladesh are a good opportunity to test their bench strength, and Daniel Vettori will be satisfied with the performance of both the players they blooded in Napier — Peter Ingram making a steady 69 and Andy McKay nipping out two top-order batsmen. Perhaps the biggest gain from that victory was Jacob Oram showing that he had not lost his lethal hitting ability, something which has not been on view too often of late.

The only redeeming features for Bangladesh were a robust opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes, and young Shafiul Islam’s performance — four wickets, including giving away only four runs in a double-wicket over in the middle of Oram’s blitzkreig. However, unless the Bangladesh middle order gets its act together, their hunt for a maiden victory in any format in New Zealand is likely to be extended.

At 25, Ross Taylor is already New Zealand’s most important batsman in the middle order. He was in stunning form in the domestic Twenty20 tournament in January, leading the run-charts and rounding it off with a 30-ball 80 to hand Central Districts the title. Bangladesh have already had a taste of how dangerous he can be when he slammed a couple of sixes on his way to a quick 51 in the first ODI.

Tamim Iqbal is becoming an increasingly influential batsman for Bangladesh. A naturally aggressive player, he has worked hard on tempering his attacking stroke play. Another aspect of his batting that has improved is the way he deal with spinners, using an effective sweep shot to blunt them. With Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan not in the greatest of touch, Tamim has added responsibility at the top of the order.

BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain.

NEW ZEALAND (probable): Brendon McCollum, Peter Ingram, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, James Franklin, Neil Broom, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee or Ian Butler, Daryl Tuffey, Andy McKay.

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