Coach Gary Steed urges the Black Caps to keep their standards high and on the one-day streak.
Confirmed bowling performance led him to Saturday’s eighth wicket win over BangladeshNew Zealand will play the day and night match at Hagley Oval Stadium on Tuesday without any shortage of confidence.
Even without injured captain Ken Williamson and experienced batsman Ross Taylor, who was knocked out again Tuesday with a small laceration of his thigh as a precaution, the Black Cubs were able to score an easy victory.
The bad news for Bangladesh, which has never defeated New Zealand from its homeland, is that Hagley has been the ODI Castle of the Black Caps since it became an international venue in 2014.
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In 10 international matches, New Zealand has won nine matches, and the only loss to England was in 2018 when it lost seven wickets in the fifth and decisive game.
Tuesday’s meeting was the first night-and-day international men’s game in store after that White Ferns faced England in a more than 50-game match there earlier this month
Steed was impressed with the overall way New Zealand won on Saturday, its first international match in more than a year, but said Bangladesh would be back stronger.
New Zealand has set a good ODI record since February 2019, winning 13 matches with only four defeats and one draw in the 2019 Cricket World Cup Final. Controversially won by England in Countdown at the Frontier After a super draw over.
Dunedin fought the Tourists and played only 131 with the highest score and highest partnership, and both of them only 27.
Playing with just a few kicks off the bench has always been an uphill battle for the bowlers who tossed in bulk supplies for opening players Martin Joptel and Henry Nichols adding 54 in their first small gate.
“I think all the international teams that have come here have improved,” said Stade. “We will definitely have a discussion about what has gone well for us and the areas we can still improve.”
Opening bowlers Trent Bolt and Matt Henry both have excellent records from Haji at Hagley, and Bangladesh needs to show more fighting and a strong podium early in the innings.
Bolt, who wreaked havoc with Bangladesh 4:27 in Dunedin, captured 17 wickets in 21.6 of Hagley’s eight ODI spots, including his career best 7:34 against the West Indies there in 2017.
Henry also thrived at Hagley’s home, taking four wickets there twice in ODIs against Sri Lanka and 11 wickets out of five ODIs on 1/15.
New ball duo Bolt and Henry set the tone in their first game against New Zealand and never put Bangladesh back. Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Nesham and left arm Mitchell Santner also caused problems.
“I thought we were putting a lot of pressure on Bolt and Matt Henry, then Kyle Jamison behind him,” said Stade.
“I know Trent Bolt shouted at Kyle how he played well without necessarily raising the gates that day. I thought as a pack and as a partnership that the bowlers have been playing well lately and making it so difficult.”
This will be an emotional return for the Bangladeshi side after Hagley. He was narrowly avoided on March 15, 2019 at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch when the shooter firedOnly one late football match prevented them from being at the mosque while their bus was a few minutes behind schedule.
Bangladesh was scheduled to play New Zealand in the third Hagley Test the next day, but the game was immediately abandoned. The party ended its controlled isolation in Christchurch on this tour before heading south to the first ODI.
Bangladeshi bowling coach Otis Gibson said they were very disappointed with the way they started the chain – especially with bats. They fought with the extra jump in the Oval League and aimed to dramatically improve the show.
“We feel like we have a decent bowling attack. When we have the 260-270 on the board, we can do a good job. First we need to get the 260-270 we’re talking about.”
“We didn’t get any momentum because we kept losing the gates. Lots of light hairdos, let’s face it. Hopefully the hitters learn from this with the bouncing ball.”
ODI II; Hagley-Oval, Chtch; Tuesday 2 pm, day and night.
Black hats (most likely): Tom Latham (c), Martin Joptel, Henry Nichols, Devon Conway, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Nesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamison, Matt Henry and Trent Bolt.
Bangladesh (possibly): Tamim Iqbal (center), Leighton Das, Sumaya Sarkar, Mashfak Rahim, Muhammad Mithun, Mahmoud Allah, Mahdi Hassan Meraz, Mahdi Hassan, Tskin Ahmed, Hassan Mahmoud, Mustafa Al-Rahman.
TAB options: New Zealand $ 1.10, Bangladesh $ 6.20.
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