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New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st ODI: Point Projections, Preview and Grades

Match Details
New Zealand vs Bangladesh
McLean Park, Napier
February 13, 2019
06:30 AM IST


Predicted XI

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Tom Latham (wk), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Saifuddin, Mehedi Hasan Miraj, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

Here is the fantasy XI based on recent form, ground and opposition performance.

The points mentioned below are an average estimation based on the above factors and is not a reflection of the actual points he might earn. Use the points as an indicator to select the best XI.

Fantasy Team

Tom Latham, Points: 26-28, Grade: A

Kane Williamson, Points: 40-42, Grade: A+

Ross Taylor, Points: 42-44, Grade: A+

Tamim Iqbal, Points: 22-24, Grade: A

Henry Nicholls, Points: 20-22, Grade: A

Mahmudullah, Points: 18-20, Grade: B

Colin de Grandhomme, Points: 18-20, Grade: B

Lockie Ferguson, Points: 26-28, Grade: A

Trent Boult, Points: 30-32, Grade: A

Mashrafe Mortaza, Points: 30-32, Grade: A

Mustafizur Rahman, Points: 26-28, Grade: A

The first choice players for this game are the regular consistent ones like Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Tamim Iqbal and Ross Taylor. Henry Nicholls is also expected to showcase how well he fits in the ODI format as backed by coach Gary Stead. Mahmudullah, in Shakib’s absence is going to be Bangladesh’s go-to spinner. These players are reliable and a must in the fantasy team. The rest of the team can be built around these players with the grade and points giving an indicator of how well they might perform.
The choice for wicketkeeper isn’t very tricky here as New Zealand’s Tom Latham is a natural choice and an overall good pick. Besides Mahmudullah, Colin de Grandhomme’s all-round skills makes his inclusion a must in the fantasy team. Trent Boult is expected to make a match-winning performance as ODI is his favourite format. Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman are the next couple of seam bowling options.

Captaincy Options

Best bet: Kane Williamson, Trent Boult

Alternative: Ross Taylor, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Ferguson


Alternate XI:
Those looking for a different XI for this match can consider Lockie Ferguson who has impressed with his speed (Projected Points: 18-20). Martin Guptill(Projected Points: 20-22), in his prime form, is also a handy pick due to his high scoring record. 


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