Tiger Captain Mashrafee won the toss and elected to filed first .
One of the most disturbing things for Bangladesh is that they won’t get Mushfiqur Rahim as he will be out for at least two weeks, Chandika Hathurusinghe, the team’s coach, announced on Wednesday morning.
Nurul Hasan, a part of the overall touring party of 23 players but not in the 15-man squad for the first ODI, gets a chance to make his debut in Rahim’s absence, that too at a ground that has happy memories for Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, New Zealand won the first game by 77 runs after scoring 341 for 7 and bowling Bangladesh out for 264 in 44.5 overs. Tigers hold the record for the highest team total at Saxton Oval in ODIs, 322 for 4 against Scotland during the 2015 World Cup.
Nurul Hasan will become the fifth wicketkeeper to debut in ODIs for Bangladesh after Mushfiqur Rahim in 2006. Dhiman Ghosh, Jahurul Islam, Anamul Haque and Liton Das all came in as replacements when Mushfiqur got injured at different stages.