The last two bilateral ODI meetings between New Zealand and Bangladesh have had one team winless. Their 2013-14 series ended in a 3-0 scoreline, and before that, in 2010-11, it was 4-0. And it’s not the team you think that ended up on the winning side.
Much has been said about Bangladesh’s resurgence in One-Day Internationals since the World Cup last year.But the early signs came much earlier, as these two results would testify, albeit at home. Hello, and welcome to live coverage of the first ODI in Chirstchurch.
For all their might in limited overs, New Zealand have had a drab couple of series in ODIs lately. Their series in India was nicely poised at 2-2 before they got hammered by 190 runs in the final match.
Then came the 3-0 sweep at the hands of Australia. And given how far Bangladesh have come as an ODI side, it goes without saying that New Zealand will have their task cut out, home conditions and all notwithstanding.
New Zealand have made changes to address the drop in form. BJ Watling, Todd Astle and Henry Nicholls have all been dumped in favour of Neil Broom and Luke Ronchi.
For Bangladesh, the biggest talking point will be the return of Mustafizur Rahman. Mustafizur has recovered from shoulder surgery and showed his match fitness in the warm-up game. If he does the cut, how he performs with a slightly tweaked action will be of interest.