Bangladesh claimed a thrilling victory in the first one-day international against New Zealand thanks to a cracking performance from Rubel Hossain, who finished with figures of 5.5-0-26-6, and took a hat-trick in the process. The Black Caps were vastly under par and they will do it all over again in at the same venue on Thursday.
What: Bangladesh vs. New Zealand, second ODI
Where: Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
When: Wednesday, October 31 2013, 7:30 a.m. BST
Live Stream/TV info: New Zealand SKY Sport 3
Weather: There is some rain forecast for throughout the day on Wednesday, which should give the track a little bit of zip. All clear on Thursday, though, with Accuweather predicting highs of 29 degrees.
In the last year, New Zealand's ODI record, percentage-wise, is one of the worst out of all the Test-playing teams. They have won just six out of 16 ODIs over the last year, and judging by the last performance, that record might continue to get worse. While the bowlers kept their heads relatively cool, Bangladesh were allowed time at the crease and rotation of the strike with relative ease. The Black Caps simply weren't knuckling and putting the pressure on the opposition, despite winning the toss and choosing to bowl first.
New Zealand's batsmen showed some sort of aptitude in the first game, but Hossain's magic took them to pieces, and if Bangladesh can harness some of that spirit and fight to take into the second ODI, they could very well pip the Black Caps and claim a series win.
Bangladesh often take flak for being Test strugglers, but their performances in the shorter formats aren't nearly celebrated enough. With a little bit of belief and little bit of TLC, Bangladesh have got the potential to be real dark horses against any team, especially in home conditions. They should not be underestimated, and wins in games should not be seen as flukes. Individually, they possess a number of really talented players, it's just up to those players to learn how to click as a unit.
The worst possible news for New Zealand is that star batsman Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the next two ODIs as well as their upcoming series against Sri Lanka with a fractured thumb.
Mushfiqur Rahim's 9 off 98 in the first ODI will have given his confidence a little bit of a boost. He's not been in the best of form of late, but when he gets going, it's dangerous.
He averages a poorly 26.54 in one-day cricket in 120 games, and his 90 in the first match was the first time he managed a half-century in almost a year. Confidence is a wonderful thing, though, and Bangladesh will be hoping Rahim has found some of his.
Corey Anderson continues to impress with the bat and is getting there with the ball. A fiery knock of 46 off 31 and two wickets made him one of New Zealand's MVPs. He'll have a little bit of pressure resting on him going into the second ODI, as New Zealand will want an all-round contribution from their rookie player.
Mushfiqur Rahim (capt.), Mahmudullah (vice-captain), Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Al Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mominul Haque, Naeem Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, ZiaurRahman, Shamsur Rahman
Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson
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