Bangladesh has won the toss and have opted to field first in the first One Day International match against New Zealand being played at Mirpur on September 21, 2023.
The visitors have rested several key players ahead of the ODI World Cup, including Tom Latham, Devon Conway, and Daryl Mitchell. They were also convincingly beaten by England in ODIs in their last assignment and will be looking to get back to winning ways under the new captaincy of Lockie Ferguson.
Litton Das’s comments after winning the toss suggest that he believes the Shere Bangla National Stadium pitch in Mirpur will be favorable to bowlers, especially spinners, early on in the match. This is likely because the pitch has been under covers for the past few days, which can make it softer and more conducive to spin.
Das also mentioned that Bangladesh has a good mix of spinners and fast bowlers, which gives them the flexibility to adapt to the conditions. He is also confident in his team’s ability to utilize the conditions.
Ish Sodhi has returned to the mix after being rested against England in the ODIs, but the batting line-up has an inexperienced look.
The bowling attack, however, has good penetration ability and hopes to make the most of the conditions in Mirpur, which are expected to provide a good dress rehearsal for some of the Kiwi players before the World Cup in India.
TV telecast and live streaming info for Bangladesh vs New Zealand 1st ODI
|Country||TV channel||Live streaming|
|Bangladesh||T Sports||T Sports app and website|
|New Zealand||Sky NZ||SkyGo app|
|India||No TV coverage||FanCode app and website|
- Bangladesh: 12:00 PM BST
- New Zealand: 6:00 PM NZST
- India: 12:30 PM IST
Despite the forecast for a few showers, Bangladesh hopes to make the most of their home advantage and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The playing eleven are as below
New Zealand XI: 1 Finn Allen, 2 Will Young, 3 Chad Bowes, 4 Henry Nicholls, 5 Tom Blundell (wk), 6 Rachin Ravindra, 7 Cole McConchie, 8 Ish Sodhi, 9 Kyle Jamieson, 10 Lockie Ferguson (capt), 11 Trent Boult
Bangladesh XI: 1 Litton Das (capt), 2 Tamim Iqbal, 3 Tanzid Hasan Tamim, 4 Soumya Sarkar, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Towhid Hridoy, 7 Mahedi Hasan, 8 Nurul Hasan (wk), 9 Nasum Ahmed 10, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, 11 Mustafizur Rahman.
The pitch report
- Average score: 256
- Team batting first wins more matches
- Good for seamers in the last one and a half years
- Moist and dark in color, but will get better to bat on as the match progresses
This suggests that the pitch is likely to be a bit of a challenge for batsmen early on but will become easier to bat on as the match goes on. Sea bowlers could also be in for some success, especially in the early overs.
Given the pitch conditions and New Zealand’s inexperienced batting line-up, Bangladesh could have a slight advantage in this match. However, New Zealand has a good bowling attack and hopes to make things difficult for the hosts.