Bangladesh aim for series win, NZ look to stay alive

Bangladesh aim for series win, NZ look to stay alive

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Bangladesh’s 43-run win in the first ODI against New Zealand was an important boost for a side that, prior to the series opener, had only two wins in six games this year. The win also strengthened their ODI record against New Zealand, which now stands at five successive wins, dating back to their 4-0 win three years ago.New Zealand, meanwhile, have been served a timely reminder that they are yet to win a match on this tour. The visitors drew the Test series 0-0, but hardly looked convincing enough to push for victory. In Mirpur, on Tuesday, they ended up conceding a game they looked like winning at several points.
New Zealand’s bowlers didn’t make the most of the start given by Tim Southee and while they did make a comeback of sorts in the last 10 overs, they were still faced with a target of 266. Their chase began poorly with the opening pair of Anton Devcich and Hamish Rutherford – the fifth in 13 games this year – falling to casual dismissals. They fought back after the rain break but Rubel Hossain’s brilliant spell of bowling under pressure turned out to be their undoing.
Although Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the rest of the series due to a thumb injury, New Zealand can take confidence from Grant Elliott’s 71 off 77 balls. Corey Anderson’s all-round show and James Neesham’s four-wicket haul are also positives for New Zealand. Their spin attack, however, is a major concern, particularly if they bowl second under lights in Mirpur.
For Bangladesh, the biggest gain was winning without Shakib Al Hasan, who was hospitalised due to dengue fever. Naeem Islam stepped up to the challenge of replacing Shakib and partnered Mushfiqur well in their 154-run stand. However, Bangladesh need runs from Tamim Iqbal, Nasir Hossain and Mominul Haque, who was a victim of poor calling by Anamul Haque. – ESPNcricinfo
Yahoo Sports adds: Wellington wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi will replace an injured Kane Williamson for the remainder of New Zealand’s tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Ronchi, who has played six one-day internationals for the Black Caps after earlier representing Australia, comes in for Williamson after he fractured his left thumb in the first ODI against Bangladesh early on Wednesday (NZT).
Williamson dislocated his thumb in the 35th over while fielding at point in New Zealand’s 43-run loss to Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Black Caps physiotherapist Paul Close says Williamson is returning to New Zealand to begin rehabilitation, and is about six weeks away from playing again.
The injury rules him out of the rest of the three-match ODI series and Twenty20 match against Bangladesh and the subsequent ODI and T20 series in Sri Lanka.
Williamson is also in doubt for the first Test against the touring West Indies starting in Dunedin on December 3.
He was a standout performer with the bat in the drawn Test series against Bangladesh, scoring 62, 114 and 74 in his three innings to lift his Test average to just under 35 after 27 appearances.
Williamson’s absence from the Sri Lanka leg of the tour creates a conundrum for New Zealand Cricket selection head Bruce Edgar and coach Mike Hesson, who had earmarked him as captain in the absence of skipper Brendon McCullum and former captain Ross Taylor.
That pair were to fly home after the Bangladesh matches to prepare for the West Indies’ visit.
Edgar told Radio LiveSport captaincy options will be reviewed in conjunction with Hesson.
“We’ve got ahead of ourselves in a way, because part of the planning for Ross and Brendon coming back was to provide leadership opportunities to guys like Kane.

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