Sabbir slams first ODI ton, Bangladesh whitewashed by Kiwis
In the three match limited over series, hosts New Zealand cleanly swept Bangladesh away by 3-0.
For many a time in the last few years, Sabbir Rahman hit the headlines; sadly and sarcastically for Bangladesh cricket, that were all for unfavorable reasons. In shortage of quality strikers in the team, the emergence of Sabbir ushered hopes in earlier days which was unfortunately drowned all for negative outrages.
This time, the 27 year old right hander has been cheered high; hammering his first one day international hundred, Sabbir revived Bangladesh innings in the third and last ODI although that was not even close to sufficient to avoid a clean sweep.
At the University Oval in Dunedin, New Zealand pushed Bangladesh away with 88 runs win to lift the series 3-0.
The visiting side has had to chase a mammoth total. The one last time Bangladesh won the toss and sent the Kiwis to bat first, they mounted 330 runs on the board despite losing early wickets.
In the last two matches, it was all about Martin Guptill. The opener hammered back to back hundreds surpassing all. And in this occasion, when he literally failed, New Zealand put forward a team effort to build the fine total.
Watch: Tamim Iqbal’s magnificent catch on the boundary line-
Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham and Ross Taylor reached in their respective half centuries while James Neesham and Collin de Grandhomme added 37 runs each.
On chasing the gigantic total, the visitors started horribly losing two openers including the one down batsman Soumya Sarkar as early as within 2 runs against thunderous Kiwi pace pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult.
When a colossal margin of defeat was threatening, Sabbir Rahman took the wheel, batted through the innings to be the last batsman to get dismissed as the team finished at 242.
Sabbir batted as if there were no disaster done priorly; took 110 balls to score 102. With a fine strike rate of 97.23, the middle order batsman slashed 12 shots to the boundary and 2 for sixes.
Southee wrecked Bangladesh innings claiming 6 wickets conceding only 65 runs in 9.2 overs.
Bangladesh will play three Test matches against New Zealand.
New Zealand 330/6 (50 overs)
Ross Taylor 69, Henry Nicholls 64, Tom Latham 59
Mustafizur Rahman 2/93
Bangladesh 242 all out (47.2 overs)
Sabbir Rahman 102, Mohammad Saifuddin 44, Mehedi Hasan 37
Tim Southee 6/65, Trent Bould 2/37
Result: New Zealand won by 88 runs.
Player of the Match: Tim Southee