Rubel takes six as Bangladesh win first ODI

Rubel takes six as Bangladesh win first ODI

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Rubel Hossain took six wickets as Bangladesh beat New Zealand by 43 runs in the rain-reduced first match of the three-match one-day international series on Tuesday.Rubel Hossain’s six-wicket haul, including a hat-trick helped Bangladesh win by 43 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method. The visitors were starting to get away with the game despite a steep target after the 105-minute rain break, needing 124 off the remaining 13 overs, but Rubel’s spell marked the turning point.
New Zealand were bundled out for 162 in 29.5 overs chasing a revised target of 206 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Earlier, Bangladesh put on a respectable 265 in the series opener at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, surviving early blows and late strikes from the New Zealand pacers. The dew is likely to make a difference during the chase as New Zealand would want to take advantage of the shortened outfield, too.
A 154-run fourth wicket stand between Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Naeem Islam, replacement for Shakib Al Hasan who is down with high fever, revived their innings as they lost their top three batsmen for 25 runs.
Tim Southee gave the visitors the perfect start with two quick wickets before adding a third later on. James Neesham, however, was the best bowler on show, mixing his pace well to take four wickets.
Bangladesh added only 21 runs in the last 4.5 overs, losing four wickets as Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi and Mashrafe Mortaza hardly made an impact.
The highlight of their batting was the partnership between Mushfiqur and Naeem. The Bangladesh captain struck two boundaries early in his innings off Neesham, one just over mid-off and the other through the covers, in the eighth over. He was mostly under control, but also went across the line a few times. He played the slog sweep against Nathan McCullum and smacked Mitchell McClenaghan past mid-on, before reaching his fifty off 53 balls with a lofted boundary off McCullum.
He continued to dominate and his confidence rubbed off on Naeem, who took two of the three boundaries off an Anton Devcich over. They completed the 100-run stand in the 27th over and Naeem soon reached his fifty off 75 balls, before Mushfiqur added a second six, this time a mis-hit off Grant Elliott through square-leg.
Mushfiqur didn’t let many opportunities for a boundary go past, as he latched on to anything wide or down the leg side, particularly in the latter part of his innings. He was instrumental in keeping the partnership going in the early part too, when Naeem took a long time to get off the mark. Naeem’s first run came off his 17th delivery, and the next scoring shot was off the 30th when he hit a cover drive for four.
Both batsmen, however, were undone by slower deliveries. Neesham accounted for Mushfiqur, in a two-wicket over in the 37th, as his slower off-cutter took an outside edge. Mushfiqur made 90 off 97 balls with eight fours and two sixes.
After the quick loss of Nasir Hossain, who seemed a little lazy in his footwork to a full ball from Neesham, Naeem added a quick 51-run stand for the sixth wicket with Mahmudullah. He fell for 84 off 115 when a slower ball from Southee had him slogging but the ball took a thin edge to wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum.
Like they have done many times in ODIs and at this ground, Bangladesh fell into trouble early on by losing three wickets. Tamim Iqbal was the first to go, trapped lbw by a Southee delivery that curved into the left-handed batsman. He was hit halfway on his front pad, in front of the stumps for 5. This was Southee’s first wicket since May this year, after he had three wicketless matches in England – one in the bilateral series and two during the Champions Trophy.
Anamul Haque was involved in the next dismissal in the next over, when he called for a single but backed away when he smelled trouble. He pushed the ball to mid-off, where Corey Anderson athletically stopped the ball to his left. Mominul Haque hared out from the non-striker’s end by then and kept going. Anamul turned around after taking a start, and in the end it was Mominul who was given run-out because he hadn’t crossed Anamul in time.
Like he had missed out on runs in the Chittagong Test after surviving a no-ball early on, Anamul once again failed to capitalise after getting a life. He nicked Southee to second slip where Nathan McCullum took a simple catch, and Bangladesh became 25 for 3 in no time.
Southee bowled an excellent first spell, giving away just eight runs in five overs to pick up two wickets. However, he didn’t get the support at the other end, as McClenaghan strayed at times and shifted between over and round the wicket several times.
The New Zealand spinners – Nathan McCullum, Devcich and Kane Williamson – went wicketless in 13 overs, a key pointer for their batsmen and the home spinners who are likely to bowl the most in the evening session. –ESPNcricinfo

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