Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman is back to lead Bangladesh's bowling attack Reuters

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Match: New Zealand v Bangladesh, 1st ODI

Date: 26 December, Monday

Time: 6am SGT/3:30am IST/10pm GMT (Sunday)

Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch

TV Channel: In Singapore, there is no live TV coverage of the match.

Live streaming: Sky Go

Overview

Bangladesh have had tremendous success in the limited-overs format since they stunned England to reach the quarter-final of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. The Tigers have been roaring at home and have defeated the likes of Pakistan, South Africa and India to remain unbeaten for five successive One Day International series until they lost 2-1 to England in October.

However, the real test begins for the Tiger from this Monday when they will play their first overseas match since the 2015 World Cup Down Under. They are up against a New Zealand side that is low on confidence after back-to-back defeats to India and Australia.

Bangladesh have announced a squad of the three-match ODI series with more focus on their quicks. Mustafizur Rahman, who was instrumental in their wins against India and South Africa, is back after a six-month injury layoff. They also have recalled Rubel Hossain, who can form a formidable partnership with skipper Mortaza and Taskin Ahmed.

Shakib Al Hasan has already made his impact by picking up three wickets in the tour game against New Zealand XI, which the Bangladesh team lost by three wickets. Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who decimated England with 19 wickets in two Tests, is likely to make his ODI debut Down Under.

The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim need to step up in testing conditions to show the way for the young batsmen in the team.

On the other hand, Kane Williamson men will be looking to get back to winning ways after a tough last two months. The Black Caps have recalled Neil Bloom and Luke Ronchi in the squad and have the likes of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson to exploit the pacer-friendly conditions.

While New Zealand are the favourites, the fact that they have picked a full-strength squad shows that they are not willing to take the in-form Bangladesh lightly.

TV Schedule

Bangladesh: BTV

New Zealand: Sky Sport 1

Pakistan: PTV Sports

Middle East: OSN Sports

UK: Sky Sports 2

Sri Lanka: TNL TV

US: Willow TV

Team News

New Zealand

Squad: Williamson (c), Boult, Broom, Grandhomme, Ferguson, Guptill, Henry, Latham, Munro, Neesham, Ronchi (wk), Santner, Southee

Bangladesh

Squad: Mortaza (c), Shakib, Kayes, Mahmudullah, Miraz, Mosaddek,Mushfiqur (wk), Mustafizur, Rubel, Sabbir, Soumya, Subashis, Tamim, Tanbir, Taskin