New Zealand and Bangladesh will face off in the opening game of the three-match ODI series on Sunday, December 17. The University Oval in Dunedin will be the venue for the clash. Bangladesh started their tour with a win against New Zealand XI, with Rishad Hossain scoring 87 runs and taking three wickets. Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Litton Das, and Soumya Sarkar also scored half-centuries. Their challenge now is to carry the momentum into the ODI series.
On the other hand, New Zealand will be without key players like Devon Conway and Mitchell Santner. This series will be an opportunity for players like Jacob Duffy, Josh Clarkson, and Adithya Ashok to showcase their skills. In head-to-head stats, New Zealand has won 31 of the 42 ODIs played against Bangladesh.
The pitch at the University Oval has traditionally been good for batting, with an average score of 260. The team winning the toss is likely to field first and try to restrict the opposition to below 280. There is a 40-50 percent chance of rain, which could lead to delays. The temperature is expected to be around 21 degrees Celsius.
In terms of the predicted XIs, Bangladesh will be relying on players like Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. For New Zealand, players like Finn Allen, Tom Latham, and Kyle Jamieson will be key.
The overall prediction for the match leans towards the team batting second to win, given the conditions. The match can be streamed live on Prime Video, and the poll question is whether Najmul Hossain Shanto will score a hundred.