Bangladesh v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Fatullah November 2, 2013

Trip into the unknown for New Zealand


New Zealand will go into the third ODI against Bangladesh without ever playing or even training at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium. Ross Taylor said this will be the first time in his international career that his first visit to the ground is on the day of the match.

The visitors had earlier scheduled all their training at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Even when the Twenty20 fixture was set for the Sylhet Stadium on November 6, before the ground was ruled not to be ready, New Zealand's plan was to train in Mirpur before the day of the game.

As a result, they will have to rely on statistics from the current Bangladesh domestic campaign because the playing surface there was relayed before the start of the 2013-14 season. There have been 12 Dhaka Premier League matches, three of which featured former New Zealand players Jacob Oram and Scott Styris.

Taylor spoke to Oram who has played just one game there for Gazi Tank Cricketers, where he earned the Man-of-the-Match award for picking up three wickets.

"I have never been there," Taylor said. "This is the first time in international cricket where I will turn up at the ground on the day of the match. Jacob Oram played a club game there couple of weeks ago. He said its low and slow, they got 180-odd, the second team got out cheaply. We expect the bounce to deteriorate as the day goes on, but the opposite can happen too."

Taylor added that New Zealand will have to play a lot better to make it 2-1 and said it was important they could head to Sri Lanka in a better frame of mind. "Every time you're 2-0 down you have disappointment, and your confidence takes a hit. We have one more game in the series so we want to make it 2-1, which sounds better than 3-0. If we can get momentum and confidence from tomorrow and hopefully take it to Sri Lanka."

Shane Bond, the team's fast bowling coach, admitted on Friday that Bangladesh have done things better than New Zealand in all areas of the game.

"We have been outplayed," he said. "I think with the ball we have been good in patches but probably not for long enough. Bangladesh have created a couple of good partnerships and we have always felt that 230 was a good score and they went beyond that both occasions so we knew that it was going to be a tough chase."

"Bangladesh have bowled well up front so we have never been able to generate a strike rate, the run-rate slant, and then we have put struggled to put partnerships and wickets have fallen in clumps and as a result we lost the games."

Bond said that a defensive mindset can creep into a side after conceding a series but added that New Zealand are a good enough side to start playing better cricket.

"I think when you get beaten, you can sometimes be afraid of losing and forget about playing to win, like when you go into a shell and play defensively,

"We talk about learning from the last series and what we would do differently. But that doesn't change the fact that if the opposition still outplays you, you get beaten. We have got a good side. We just need to play better."

Despite the scoreline, Taylor backed the side's younger players. The opening pair of Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich have struggled, but there have been promising signs from the allrounders James Neesham and Corey Anderson.

"They [the openers] are young," Taylor said. "When you do lose two wickets up front, the rest of the players have to step up. We haven't been doing that. We have to give the openers a lot of confidence.

"We have been screaming out for a genuine allrounder since Jacob Oram's retirement. They [Anderson and Neesham] are both equally good bowlers and batsmen. Corey has been consistent on this tour. Jimmy will get better with both bat and ball. They will give exciting times to New Zealand cricket."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Anwar uz on November 3, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    NZ you have one factor going your way today, complacency from BANGLA side. They already won the series and not much threatened now, so............

  • Dik on November 3, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    I wouldn't be too worried about the Kiwis. They always tend to end up in the semi finals of every ICC world event no matter what. See you in the World T20 Semi in few months :)

  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    @ Adrian smith, Thank you very much for your justified comment. Here in Bangladesh there are lot of NZ Fan as they are polite enough to respect. But when we play with NZ team then no compromise. Hope NZ will do better with the other countries. Our good wishes to them.

  • Amir on November 3, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    NZ will be tough to beat in the WC. These young players should be more experienced by then and will have the home pitch advantage. Anderson is very good and I think he has a bright future ahead. Even though I admire the Kiwis, I can't wish them luck in this series. Go Tigers! Go get 'em.

  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    No worries NZ, it's just a rough patch you guys are going through. Thanks for playing here in Bangladesh and supporting our cricket, you guys are a wonderful bunch and as soon as all the younger players start to gel with the rest, you will be just fine. Best of luck in SL!! (a BD fan)

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Even though NZ lost 2 oneday matches, we should not forget that NZ is missing Ryder and Guptil (contrary to popular believe, I dont think Vettori could make much difference). However, do not think Bangladesh cannot beat NZ 's Full strength team. Bangladesh defeated India, Srilanka, England and WI quite a few times,last few years.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Thanks to all the Bangladeshi fans who are so encouraging and supportive of the Black Caps (and supporters) who are going through a pretty rough period. I think this is a true testament to your character and the reason for your rise as a true force in the Cricketing world. Your talent has risen triumphantly to the top but your resolve AS A TEAM is what is making you world beaters - something all of the teams should aspire to - including struggling current teams such as New Zealand and Australia.

  • Jack on November 2, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Good twist on the dead rubber article by writing about the mystery of the ground.

    Well done Bangladesh, New Zealand have been outplayed and I've been particularly surprised at how rubbish N McCullum and most of the batsmen have been. NZ have been weak for a while now but the talent is there if the depth is not.

    Get well soon Jesse Ryder~

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Don,t worry NZ

    Australia had played a test series and few ODI in this beautiful ground. And they win it. 250 is the highest scored done by AUS and they win it easily. Won the toss and elected to bat first will be a perfect decision.

  • Syed on November 2, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Yes your pace bowlers are good but for these conditions you need a good spinner. Nathan needs to play much better and the other spinners should be used, its a risk but you must do it...

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