Black Caps vs Bangladesh: New Zealand head to fortress Hagley as they look to clinch ODI series

Fresh off a clinical performance in the opener, coach Gary Stead is challenging the Black Caps to keep their standards high with a chance to clinch the one-day series.
Led by an emphatic bowling effort in Saturday's eight wicket win over Bangladesh, New Zealand head into Tuesday's day-night match at Hagley Oval with no shortage of confidence.

Even without injured captain Kane Williamson and veteran batsman Ross Taylor, who remains in doubt for Tuesday with a small hamstring tear, the Black Caps cruised to an easy win.

The bad news for Bangladesh, who have never beaten New Zealand away from home, is Hagley has been an ODI fortress for the Black Caps since becoming an international venue in 2014.

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In 10 ODIs there, New Zealand have won nine matches, their only loss coming against England in 2018 when they were crushed by seven wickets in the fifth and deciding match.

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New Zealand turned in a dominant performance in Saturday's first ODI against Bangladesh in Dunedin.

Tuesdays encounter will be the first men's day-night ODI at the boutique venue after the White Ferns met England there in a 50-over contest earlier this month.

Stead was impressed by the comprehensive manner of New Zealand's win on Saturday, their first ODI in more than a year, but said Bangladesh would come back stronger.

New Zealand have a fine ODI record since February 2019, winning 13 matches with just four losses and a tie in the 2019 Cricket World Cup final, which England controversially won on a boundary countback after a drawn Super Over.

The tourists struggled in Dunedin, skittled for just 131 with their top score and highest partnership both just 27.

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Matt Henry took 1-26 in the first ODI and has an outstanding 50-over record at his Hagley Oval home ground.

Playing with so few runs in the bank, it was always going to be an uphill battle for their bowlers, who tossed up too many loose deliveries to openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls, who added 54 for the first wicket.

I think all the international teams that have come here have improved as theyve went and well certainly be having a discussion around the things that went well for us and the areas we can still improve as well, Stead said.

Opening bowlers Trent Boult and Matt Henry both have outstanding ODI records at Hagley and Bangladesh will need to show greater fight early in the innings and set a sound platform.

Boult, who caused chaos for Bangladesh in Dunedin with 4-27, has captured 17 wickets at 21.6 from eight ODIs at Hagley, including a career-best 7-34 against the West Indies there in 2017.

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Devon Conway celebrates with Trent Boult after he takes a catch to dismiss Bangladesh's Liton Das in the first ODI.

Henry has thrived at his Hagley home too, taking four wickets twice previously there in ODIs against Sri Lanka and 11 wickets from five ODIs at 15.1.

New ball duo Boult and Henry set the tone in the first match with New Zealand never providing Bangladesh any respite with Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner also creating problems.

I thought we applied a lot of pressure through Boult and Matt Henry up front, then Kyle Jamieson behind him, Stead said.

I know Trent Boult called out Kyle in how well he played without necessarily picking up the wickets on that day. I thought as a pack and as a partnership our bowlers bowled really well the other day and made it very tough.

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New Zealand coach Gary Stead wants his side to maintain the high standards they set in the first ODI against Bangladesh.

This will be an emotional return to Hagley for the Bangladesh side, who narrowly avoided being in Christchurchs Al Noor Mosque on March 15, 2019, when the gunman opened fire. Only a late-running one-on-one football match prevented them from being inside the mosque with their bus running several minutes behind schedule.

Bangladesh were set to play New Zealand in the third test at Hagley the following day, but the match was promptly called off. The side completed their managed isolation in Christchurch on this tour before heading south ahead of the first ODI.

Bangladesh bowling coach Ottis Gibson said they were bitterly disappointed with how they had started the series especially with the bat. They battled with the extra bounce in the wicket at the University Oval and were targeting a vastly improved showing.

We feel like weve got a decent bowling attack that if we can get 260-270 on the board we can put up a good showing. First weve got to get that 260-270 were talking about, Gibson said.

We just never got any momentum because we kept losing wickets. A lot of soft dismissals as well, lets be honest. Were hoping the batters learned from that with the bouncing ball.


Second ODI; Hagley Oval, Chch; Tuesday 2pm day-nighter.

Black Caps (likely): Tom Latham (c), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Devon Conway, Will Young/Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.

Bangladesh (possible): Tamim Iqbal (c), Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman.

TAB odds: New Zealand $1.10, Bangladesh $6.20.


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