ODI series preview: Bangladesh v New Zealand

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New Zealand will be seeking to avenge a humiliating loss to Bangladesh three years ago when the ODI series against the hosts starts in Dhaka on Tuesday.

New Zealand will be seeking to avenge a humiliating loss to Bangladesh three years ago when the ODI series against the hosts starts in Dhaka on Tuesday.

New Zealand were stunned in 2010 when they went down 4-0 to a young Bangladeshi side, a drubbing that sparked repercussions back home with several team officials forced to quit.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum insisted on Monday that the current side has learnt the lessons from that defeat.

"We certainly haven't forgotten it, 4-0 was a very one-sided contest which Bangladesh thoroughly deserved to win," McCullum said ahead of the first ODI.

"We played some bad shots, we weren't prepared for the series and we have tried to plan against that by having guys prepare a lot better.

"From our point of view we want to carve out our own performances, and it would be great for us to turn the tables from what happened the last time," he said.

New Zealand were frustrated in the just finished Test series, with both matches against the hosts in Chittagong and Dhaka ending in a draw.

But McCullum said he was more confident of his side's chances in the one-dayers, pointing to the experience and success of the players in the shorter game.

"We have got more experience in the one-day side," he told a press conference in Dhaka.

"I think, now the Test team we are developing as a Test team we are nowhere near the finished product. I think the one-day team is pretty set in how we play."

"We have had more success in the one-day game of late, we probably feel a lot more confident in the one-day format at this point of time."

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was drawing inspiration from the Test series, which they dominated in phases, while also remembering their stunning success three years ago.

"If you see the overall results, we have earned a lot of positive things in terms of individual performances and the team as well," Mushfiqur said.

"So from this side, everyone is confident. The last time we played against them we won 4-0 in the ODIs, so we have good memories, although that is three to four years ago.

"I think in our own ground we are a strong side in ODIs. If we can play up to our potential in all the three departments then we will do well," he said.

However, Bangladesh suffered an injury blow in the lead up to the series, with pace bowler Shafiul Islam ruled out with a twisted ankle to be replaced by Al-Amin Hossain.

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and batsman Mominul Haque were also suffering from fever, but Mushfiqur said both should be available for Tuesday's first match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

The second and third matches will be held on October 31 and November 3 in Dhaka and Fatullah respectively.

<b>Key Men</b><br>Whipped into the squad as a replacement for the injured Shafiul Islam, <b>Al-Amin Hossain</b> has a lot to prove after an average Test debut.

<b>Mitchell McClenaghan</b> has enjoyed a solid start in international cricket, but testing conditions for a seamer will truly test his ability to be the complete package.

<b>Last Five Head-To-Head Results</b><br>2010: Fifth ODI: Bangladesh won by three runs in Dhaka<br>2010: Fourth ODI: Bangladesh won by nine runs in Dhaka<br>2010: Third ODI: Bangladesh won by seven wickets in Dhaka<br>2010: Second ODI: Match abandoned in Dhaka<br>2010: First ODI: Bangladesh won by nine runs in Dhaka

<b>Prediction</b><br>New Zealand were far from convincing in the Test series, and a shorter game offers Bangladesh more of a chance of an upset. Bangladesh for the win, two-one.

<b>Squads</b><br><i>Bangladesh:</i> Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Mahmudullah (vice-captain), Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Mominul Haque, Naeem Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Ziaur Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain.

<i>New Zealand:</i> Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson.

<b>Fixtures</b><br>First ODI: Dhaka, 29 October<br>Second ODI: Dhaka, 31 October<br>Third ODI: Fattulah, 3 November

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