Bangladesh lost the first match of the three matches ODI series against New Zealand on Monday at Hagley Oval by a wide margin. Can they bounce back?
Batting first Kiwis set a very challenging target of 341/7 taking advantage of poor fielding and indifferent bowling of the Tigers. Few catches were dropped and bowlers failed to ball consistently in right areas. The chase of the huge target got early set back with Kayes, Soumya and Mahmudullah getting out cheaply. Shakib, Mushfique did the resurrecting acts bringing the innings back on track. But Shakib getting out at a critical stage and Mushfique getting injured put paid to Bangladesh endeavour for the victory chase. Young Musaddeque coming late at number eight played a bright unbeaten innings. But his heroics could only reduce the margin of defeat.
Bangladesh lost by 77 runs and fell behind 0-1 in the series. Tomorrow is the must win game for squaring the series. Bangladesh is expected learning lessons and not repeating the same strategical mistakes in the second game.
— ICC (@ICC) December 26, 2016
If we look back in retrospect we find Bangladesh made a few strategic errors in the match one. Appearing with three pacers on a pacey bouncy wicket was not smart. Playing Soumya Sarkar, who just started finding his feet after prolonged lean patch in the very first match was not good decision. Either Rubel or Meraj should have been in the team. Ideal could be Nasir. But Bangladesh team management preferred leaving a very smart cricketer back home. Nasir Hossain is a one-in-three player. He bats aggressively in late middle order, delivers break throughs with tight off spin and a brilliant fielder in any position.
— LiveBPL (@LiveBPLOfficial) October 11, 2016
Bangladesh at the initial stage bowled well. Mustafiz returning to active cricket after a while removed Guptil early. He and Mashrafee held the lease on Kiwis batting early on. But after the first 10 overs the control was gradually losing. Ace all-rounder Shakib from one end bowled on very tight length and line. Kiwis late middle order could be exposed early if Bangladesh did not let slip at least 3 clear opportunities and a few half chances. Soumya could not meet the requirement of third partner. Shakib did not have a genuine spinning partner. Mahmudullah was not used at all. Of the three key Kiwis batsmen Guptil and Williamson did not do much damage. But Latham alone took the match away with a brilliant century. His partnership with flamboyant Collin Monro took the match away from Bangladesh. Mashrafee, Mustafiz and Taskin all bowled very poorly in their last spells. Too many short deliveries gifted away easy runs. Mustafiz lost a bit of his pace. But his uncanny slower deliveries and cutters are still working. Taskin bowled too short and too wide. Mashrafee lost control in the second spell.
In batting, bowling and fielding the sadly missed one Nasir Hossain . Bangladesh will be playing on the same ground where the team successfully chased 318 runs target set by Scotland during 2015 ICC World Cup. Let us hope that Tamim and Mahmudullah would repeat their batting performance. Mustafiz will play his magic. Bangladesh must win tomorrow to keep their chances alive in the series. My team for the Nelson ODI series would be Tamim, Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mosaddeq, Shakib, Shabbir, Soumya, Nurul Hasan, Mashrafee, Mustafiz and Taskin.
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