Ireland tri-nation series, Clontarf May 16, 2017

Bangladesh seek maiden away win against New Zealand

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Wednesday May 17, Dublin
Start time 1045 local time (0945 GMT)

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Bangladesh have never beaten New Zealand at an away or neutral venue in 15 matches and will be keen to set that record straight, given how the last series between the two teams, in New Zealand, panned out.

In all three of those matches, sudden and quick batting slumps from positions of relative stability cost Bangladesh. Some of that fragility was also on display in their opening match of this tri-nation series against Ireland: they lost wickets on either side of a promising stand, before Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah made a recovery. It's a tendency Bangladesh will have to guard against, particularly if they want to tackle a New Zealand side which, although weakened, fought back well against Ireland.

In conditions suited to seam bowling, how Bangladesh cope with New Zealand's inexperienced but promising pace attack will be key. They will also be wary of New Zealand's middle order striking form, although both George Worker and Ross Taylor were not quite fluent during their half-centuries against Ireland. New Zealand are likely to continue with Luke Ronchi as opener, giving the batsman freedom to hit out in order to ease the pressure on the middle order.

Form guide

Bangladesh: LWLLL (most recent first, last five completed matches)

New Zealand: WLWLW

In the spotlight

Mahmudullah's unbeaten 43 in the rain-interrupted match last week was only the fourth time he's scored more than 20 in an innings since October 2016. While he has scored a half-century in that period, he has not been consistent. Mahmudullah had a disappointing ODI series in New Zealand, where he scored 4 runs in three innings. However, the solid patch of form from the Dhaka Premier League has extended to this tour, and Bangladesh will be happy that his runs against Ireland came after they were struggling at 70 for 4 in the 15th over. Mahmudullah needs another 79 to become the fifth Bangladesh batsman to score 3000 ODI runs.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson recently said they were not averse to opening the bowling with a spinner even in English conditions during the Champions Trophy, particularly if the track was flat. Mitchell Santner could be a key part of that strategy. Hesson was particularly impressed with how the left-arm spinner bounced back against Ireland: having conceded 43 and taken one wicket in his first spell of seven overs, Santner came back to take four wickets for seven in his second spell, decisively turning the match for New Zealand.

Teams news

Adam Milne is likely to be available for selection, having joined the team last week. He could replace Ish Sodhi if New Zealand opt to boost their pace attack in what are likely to be seaming conditions.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Luke Ronchi (wk), 2 Tom Latham (capt), 3 George Worker, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Neil Broom, 6 James Neesham, 7 Colin Munro, 8 Scott Kuggeleijn, 9 Mitchell Santner, 10 Seth Rance, 11 Adam Milne/ Ish Sodhi

Mashrafe Mortaza will return from over-rate suspension, at the expense of possibly Rubel Hossain. Apart from that change, Bangladesh may want to persist with the XI they picked for the first match, which was abandoned.

Bangladesh:(probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mosaddek Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Pitch and conditions

This will be the first ODI, and the second international game, at Castle Avenue since May 2014, when Sri Lanka took on Ireland in a two-match series. At the time, conditions were green and seaming and it could be the same on Wednesday. The temperature in Dublin is expected to be between 15 and 18 Celsius during the day, with a chance of rain.


  • This will be the first match at Clontarf between two Full Member nations. Bangladesh had played a match there against West Indies in 1999, but had not yet achieved Full Member status
  • Sunday's match against Ireland was only the eighth time that Ronchi opened the batting in an ODI. His score of 37 was also his best at that position.
  • Tamim and Shakib Al Hasan have the most runs by Bangladesh batsmen against New Zealand - 442 and 436 respectively.


"It's a challenge for us because we have guys coming back from the IPL. So we will have players we will release back to England and we will give a little bit of time to acclimatise and then assess conditions, because there are still ODIs and we will need to keep picking what we deem to be our best team."
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson on how the team plans to rotate players in the tri-series

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  • SIBN on May 18, 2017, 16:46 GMT

    Sabbir shouldn't play in ODI and Test rather could be standby for number 7. He should play T20 surely. He has a good prospect for future shouldn't be spoiled should play more first class and represent A team. Right now Imrul or Mosaddek should bat at No 3. As champions trophy is upcoming we could try with Imrul at no. 3, as Nasir is not in champions trophy sqad. In future (after champion's trophy) liton Das should play at No 3.

  • Chemplast on May 17, 2017, 18:09 GMT

    @BANGALI_TIGER : Bangladesh have lost quite comfortably. @CRICFAN0337249456 : What a funny guy you are. Our 1983 World Cup victory was in England, 1985 World Series win was in Aus, 2007 T20 Word Cup win was in South Africa, 2014 Champions Trophy win was in England. Know your facts we have won major ICC Tournaments everywhere in the world.

  • kingkohli on May 17, 2017, 9:36 GMT

    If bangladesh cannot beat this nz team, then they should forget about winning even a single game in champions trophy as plenty of nz top players missing in this series. Nothing personal, i am just saying the fact.

  • gazzac on May 17, 2017, 9:34 GMT

    @lactozen- you keep holding onto those Banglawashes mate, NZers have already forgotten the last tour of BD to NZ...

  • bangali_tiger on May 17, 2017, 9:30 GMT

    BD will win this game quite comfortably

  • cricfan0337249456 on May 17, 2017, 9:26 GMT

    ind hate bd bcz they know the strength of bd .thy don't want bd to win .bd is a new team. thay have improved last few years .now they have started winning in home now thay will win aboard. Ind fans don't want any new team to come in word cricket. show respect to the others. who some respect to the others no mater who is it BD or Bermuda. their all the best records is in home. cz their wicket is so flat. ind fan has so negative mind then any other teams in the world.

  • Azizul84 on May 17, 2017, 8:47 GMT

    Weather of Ireland very bad for Cricket. I have enuf doubt that there may be held 4 days match without interruption.

  • Lactozen on May 17, 2017, 8:47 GMT

    Don't care about exchanging respect here in cricinfo comment section's keyboard's for kids..BD fans keep showing them the bigger n badder stick lol

  • Lactozen on May 17, 2017, 8:44 GMT

    LOL those of you ignorant and embarrassing users saying BD hasn't win against NZ in ODI's yet..actually they have the worst record against BD i think..having been banglawashed twice..4-0 & 3-0..and don't bother whining if BD does manage to register their FIRST away win against the sides got BDwashed was full strength touring teams

  • OxbowM on May 17, 2017, 8:43 GMT

    I hope player or other fan of ours don't bring on the excuse of playing bad at green pitch. Intent should be there for win. Any kind of excuse will look like a very lame one as kiwis lacking one of the best batsman of current time that is Kane Williamson. Without him our team should feel that on par with them at this condition.

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