Tigers steal ODI series against Blackcaps

Tigers steal ODI series against Blackcaps


Bangladesh seal their series win over visiting New Zealand with a 40-run victory in the second match on Thursday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.

Mashrafe Bin Morataza and Sohag Gazi picked up three wickets each to bundle out the visitors, chasing 247, on 207 after 46.4 overs.

The win marked the sixth consecutive ODI win for Bangladesh over New Zealand.

President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Leader of the Opposition Begum Khaleda Zia have congratulated the Tigers for winning the ODI series against New Zealand.

Deciding to bat first, Bangladesh finished their innings on 247 all out with an over remaining.

Tamim Iqbal top scored with 58 for the hosts. He reached his 25th ODI fifty from 75 deliveries with the help of five fours and a six before being bowled by Corey Anderson.

Bangladesh’s cautious start suffered the first blow when debutant Shamsur Rahman (25) stepped out of his crease to a floated delivery from Nathan McCullum, only to miss the line of the ball and get stumped.

Anderson struck next to break the promising second-wicket partnership of 47.

Mominul, who made 31 off 34 deliveries with five boundaries, tried to hook a short delivery on the body but top-edged it to the hands of Nathan McCullum at deep square leg.

Three quick wickets in the 37th, 38th and 39th overs pegged the hosts back on 173-6 from 169-3.

Mushfiqur Rahim (31) was the first one to go, getting a thick edge off a good-length delivery by James Neesham to be caught behing by the wicketkeeper.

A slower bouncer down the leg side from Kyle Mills brushed the gloves of Naeem Islam (16) on its way to the keeper in the 38th over.

Nasir Hossain (3) mistimed trying to loft Neesham and was caught by Brendon McCullum at mid-off.

Bangladesh lost their last four to add only 26 runs after Mahmudullah edged an extra bouncer back to the bowler Corey Anderson, leaving the total at 221 for seven.

The hosts struggled from the very first in their chase as they lost their first at the score on five.

Mashrafe started the show picking up his first ODI wicket after last December as Rutherford (1) got an inside edge onto the stumps in a full delivery which shunted across off.

Anton Devcich (19) ended up lobbing a flatter Sohag Gazi delivery straight back to the bowler in the 13th over while Grant Elliott (14) was out in the next over, lbw to Abdur Razzak.

Mashrafe hit his second when the Black Caps were finding a way to save the match with a fourth wicket partnership of 61 runs between Corey Anderson and Taylor.

Anderson (37) chased a wide delivery only to edge it to Mushfiq who grabbed it with a full-length dive.

An under-pressure New Zealand lost Tom Latham, run out for a duck in the 34th over, followed by Mominul Haque’s lbw blow to the Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum (14) in the previous over.

Sohag Gazi struck his second and third blows to end whatever hope the visitors had of levelling the series.

James Neesham (8) mistimed pulling a short delivery which turned a catch to Naeem Islam at square leg while Ross Taylor (45) lofted a tossed up delivery straight to Mahmudullah at long-on.

Mashrafe finished the job for the hosts with style. Tim Southee failed to defend a fuller delivery, which broke his off stump.

The hosts picked up a 43-run win by D/L method in the first match of the series.

The third and final match of the series will be on Nov 3 at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah. – bdnews24.com



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