New Zealand vs Bangladesh, ANZ ODI series 2nd Match Prediction at Nelson, Dec 29, 2016

Bangladesh tour of New Zealand

New Zealand vs Bangladesh

Dec 29, 2016 2nd ODI at Saxton Oval, Nelson
Match scheduled to begin at 11:00 local time (22:00 GMT -1d | 03:00 PST | 03:30 IST | 04:00 BST)

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New Zealand to secure the series at the Saxton Oval

New Zealand lead the three-match ODI series 1-0 as they beat Bangladesh in the opening match by 77 runs. The hosts will now look to seal the series when they face the tourists in the second one-day international on December 29 at the Saxton Oval, Nelson. The match is scheduled to begin at 11 AM local time.

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There is a clear toss bias at the Saxton Oval. The venue has seen a total of six completed ODIs till date of which the last five have been won by the side that has batted second. Therefore, the team that wins the toss here is more likely to chase. So unless Bangladesh don’t pull off something special with the bat, it would be best to bet on New Zealand if they bat second.

New Zealand Squad
KS Williamson*, TA Boult, NT Broom, C de Grandhomme, LH Ferguson, MJ Guptill, MJ Henry, TWM Latham, C Munro, JDS Neesham, L Ronchi†, MJ Santner, TG Southee

Bangladesh Squad
Mashrafe Mortaza*, Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim†, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Subashis Roy, Tamim Iqbal, Tanbir Hayder, Taskin Ahmed, Nurul Hasan†

New Zealand won the first match of the series and this will put pressure on Bangladesh to win this one.

It will be a big blow for Bangladesh’s batting if Mushfiqur Rahim gets ruled out due to hamstring injury.

New Zealand have won two out of the three one-day games they have played at the Saxton Oval.

NZ vs Ban Head-to-Head in ODIs

New Zealand and Bangladesh have never met in an ODI fixture at the Saxton Oval before. Overall, the former has won 18 out of the 26 matches while the latter have won 8. The visitors are still seeking their maiden ODI win in New Zealand against the hosts.

NZ vs Ban 2nd ODI Prediction

After having lost the opening match of the series and with only two more to play, Bangladesh now face a must-win scenario. They will have to win here at all costs if they are to prevent the third ODI from becoming a dead rubber.

Of course, they will be under a lot of pressure and the knowledge of the fact that they have never been able to beat the hosts in New Zealand won’t help their confidence either. Moreover, Bangladesh will lose depth in their batting if Mushfiqur Rahim gets ruled out due to injury. Bangladesh may have defeated Scotland here in the past, but taking down the hosts is going to be a very uphill task for them, especially after being battered by them in the first game.

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