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Bangladesh vs. New Zealand 2nd ODI 2023: Who Will Win in Today's Match Between Bangladesh and New Zealand at Sher-e-Bangla?

Bangladesh vs. New Zealand 2nd ODI 2023: Who Will Win in Today's Match Between Bangladesh vs. New Zealand at Sher-e-Bangla?

Overview of High-Profile Clash Between Asian Rivals

An exciting contest awaits as Asian rivals Bangladesh and New Zealand face off in the 2nd ODI at Sher-e-Bangla stadium after the first game was washed out. With crucial World Cup Super League points up for grabs, both teams will be hungry for the win. Bangladesh will bank on familiar home conditions to upstage New Zealand's inexperienced side. But the Kiwis have the firepower to beat any side. With the series on the line, passions will be high at Mirpur in this battle between two competitive cricketing nations.

Bangladesh Seeks Improved Show on Slow Home Pitch

After losing the preceding T20I series 3-0, Bangladesh will seek significant department improvement. The hosts struggled on slow, low pitches and against spin in that series. But the return of senior players like Tamim Iqbal and Mustafizur Rahman boosts them. Bangladesh knows home conditions well and will expect a better showing on more familiar ODI pitches. With key World Cup Super League points on offer, the hosts can't afford another series loss on home soil.

New Zealand Aim to Upstage Hosts in Unfamiliar Conditions

Meanwhile, New Zealand will be keen to sustain momentum and aim for an ODI series win after blanking Bangladesh 3-0 in the T20Is. But the Kiwis will have to adapt swiftly to slower pitches favoring spinners, something they previously struggled with in the Tests. Still, the return of senior pacers Boult and Southee strengthens them. Under stand-in skipper Tom Latham, New Zealand will back themselves to overcome the conditions and put one over the hosts.

Tamim vs. Boult - Intriguing Top-Order Clash

A mouthwatering top-order battle is in store between Bangladesh's senior opener, Tamim Iqbal, and New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult. Tamim will try to rush the court with a variety of offensive strokes. But Boult has the skills to outfox the best with his swing, seam, and clever variations. If Tamim gets going, Bangladesh can seize early momentum. But Boult can run through Bangladesh's brittle top order if he dismisses Tamim early.

Iqbal vs. Sodhi - Key Spin Bowling Duel

A crucial spin match-up could see Bangladesh's left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed against New Zealand's leg-break bowler Ish Sodhi. Both are critical wicket-taking options for their teams during the middle overs on spin-friendly pitches. Sodhi has a tremendous record against Bangladesh, picking regular wickets with his big leg breaks and googlies. But Nasum's orthodox spin can tie down even the best batting units. Their battle in the middle overs could shape this contest.

Both Teams Rely on Inexperienced Middle Order Batters

With several batting mainstays missing, the middle-order stability looks suspect for both teams. Young names like Nurul Hasan, Afif Hossain, and Mosaddek Hossain must step up for Bangladesh. Similarly, New Zealand's middle order will likely feature the likes of Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, and Tom Blundell. Building long partnerships after early wickets will be critical. The middle order that holds firm is likely to set up a winning total.

Mustafizur's Pace and Variations Crucial vs. Kiwis

Veteran left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman could play a pivotal role for Bangladesh with his clever change of pace and variations. Mustafizur relies on his cutters and slower balls rather than sheer speed to outfox batters. On slower Bangladeshi pitches, his guile could trouble the Kiwi willow-wielders. Dismissing the likes of Conway and Chapman cheaply will be vital. Mustafizur's spells could make or break Bangladesh's chances.

Toss and Pitch Report Key Factors at Mirpur

The playing surface at Sher-e-Bangla stadium is expected to be sluggish, aiding spinners as the game progresses. Winning the toss and opting to chase by taking advantage of dew may be preferred. For the side batting first, accelerating to around 230-240 is a par total. Adapting smartly after losing the toss will also be crucial. The pitch and conditions are tailored for an intriguing battle between bat and ball.

Rain Threat Looms Over Proceedings at Sher-e-Bangla

Rain is forecasted on match day, which could play spoilsport to the contest at Sher-e-Bangla, much like the first ODI. Rain has affected cricket frequently in Bangladesh recently. If showers arrive, overs could be lost, or the match may not have a result, which would be disappointing. Both teams will hope the weather allows an interrupted entire contest. The drainage facilities at Mirpur will be put to the test if rain arrives.

Exciting Contest On Cards Between Two Passionate Sides

Two eager Asian teams looking to get off to a strong start in their World Cup preparations should make for an exciting One-Day International. Bangladesh will back its knowledge of local conditions, while New Zealand's well-balanced attack can challenge any side. The last thing both teams would want is rain playing havoc, denying a much-anticipated scrap.

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