The first One-Day International (ODI) between Bangladesh and New Zealand was absolutely one-sided, with the outcome never in doubt. The guests had little effect on the contest, and there was a huge gap between the two teams. With just a few days between matches, expecting Bangladesh to be able to do something drastically different could be a little unrealistic.

New Zealand is without two of its senior batsmen and could be tempted to make a few more changes to see how strong its bench is. Let’s take a look at what’s going to happen in the next match and see if there are any worth bets to be made.

On March 23, 2021, the Hagley Oval in Christchurch will host the 2nd ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh.



Trent Boult, New Zealand’s best bowler, was back to his best as he took four wickets in a rout of Bangladesh. With the new ball, Boult picked up the first two and last two wickets of the inning, and he was having a fair amount of swing.

These were his first ODI wickets since the World Cup semi-final in 2019!

Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, and Mitchell Santner all had excellent results. They were never placed under any kind of duress and were free to bowl their lines at their leisure.

Tim Southee may be called upon in the next match to replace one of the fast bowlers, or even Jimmy Neesham.

Martin Guptill behaved admirably and seems to be in a threatening mood. Guptill is a total trust player, so this is a positive sign for New Zealand going ahead with this season. All three players, Henry Nicholls, Devon Conway, and Will Young, performed admirably but were never put to the test.

A better measure will be to see how many of them will bring up big numbers if New Zealand is given the opportunity to bat first in this series. Mark Chapman is the only batsman who could get a chance in the starting lineup, but not in this match.

Fresh Zealand’s players tend to be in outstanding condition and a cut above the Bangladeshis.


There was a lot of chatter about Bangladesh trying to do something that no other team had achieved before them: win an ODI in New Zealand. Bangladesh’s loss in the first match was the 14th in a row in New Zealand, and it’s getting humiliating.

The team’s members have a lot of experience and have been around for a long time. Maybe it’s time to admit that they just aren’t good enough.

In the first match, no one played with any intent or enthusiasm. It may be claimed that losing early wickets slowed them down, but even though batsmen remained at the crease for long stretches of time, they were unable to score any runs.

The total number of runs scored per match in New Zealand is very high. And if anything goes well, New Zealand’s batting would fail to hit par totals. Batsmen fail against swinging pitches, the middle and lower orders lack control, and the consistency of players coming through is suspect.

Bangladesh is a good country at home but a nightmare overseas. That isn’t modern, and we’re afraid the old storey will repeat itself.

Bangladesh’s bowling was also bad, and they never seemed to be in any danger. Taskin Ahmed was the only bowler who was able to get some bounce and pace out of the surface. To excel here, the Bangladeshi spinners will have to think beyond the box.

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