New Zealand take on Bangladesh in the opening game at Christchurch

Kane Williamson’s New Zealand will look to bounce back from recent thrashing as they face unfamiliar Bangladesh in the first of three-match series at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Monday.

The hosts recently faced whitewash against neighbors Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series, and will hope the new series will bring a much sight of relief.

The Black Caps will be backed by the home ground conditions, where they have already won 21 out of 27 matches this year.

Kiwis will be banking on in-form opener Martin Guptil, who is in sublime form in the 50-overs format, and also scored a breathtaking hundred in the first match of the recently concluded three-match series against Australia, to provide some quick runs on the top.

The team will also going to be heavily depending on captain Williamson to bring that stability in the middle-order, especially in the absence of experienced Ross Taylor, who is out due to surgery to his eyes.

The team is expected to go in with three pacers and one spinner, where veteran Tim Southee and left-armer Trent Boult is nearly certain to play, and there is a tie between quicks Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson.

For visitors, playing against the hosts brings a lot of happy memories back as the Bengal Tigers whitewashed Black Caps in the last bilateral ODI series played in 2013.

The team will be massively boosted with the return of young pacer Mustafizur Rehman, who missed nine months of cricket due to shoulder injury.

The newly crowned ICC Emerging Player of the year proved his fitness in the only practice match against New Zealand XI, and is expected to play in the opening match of the series.

The team will be depending on experienced opener Tamim Iqbal, who has already scored more than 1000 runs in the calendar year at an average of 47, to provide solidarity from the top, whereas experience pro’s; all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim will provide much needed stability in the middle.

The team is expected to go in with three pacers including captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur and Taskin Ahmed.

The pitch is expected to provide good value for shots, whereas there is also going to be some assistance for the pacers as the match will start early in the day. There is no chance of rain, which means we should get a full 100-over match.

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