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New Zealand vs Bangladesh – Match Preview

New Zealand are set to welcome back the fit-again Martin Guptill for the first of three ODIs against Bangladesh, live on Sky Sports.

The opener missed the T20 series win over India with a back injury but is in line to return for the opening one-day international at Napier.

The Black Caps are ranked third in the world in 50-over cricket but were beaten 4-1 by India in the recent ODI series and will be aiming to make amends against Bangladesh, who have never won a one-dayer in New Zealand.

However, Mashrafe Mortaza’s side are no pushovers and as well as winning four of their last five ODIs, they also claimed a stunning victory in the most recent meeting between the sides during the 2017 Champions Trophy.

The visitors’ hopes suffered a major blow over the weekend though when it was confirmed that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan would miss the series with a fractured finger.

Mohammad Saifuddin and Rubel Hossain are the two players vying to replace Shakib in the XI.

Watch the first ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh from 12.55am, Wednesday on Sky Sports Cricket.

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