Dominant New Zealand log on massive win in first ODI against Bangladesh
In the first of the three match one day international series, New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets at the McLean Park, Napier.
It might have been assumed, doomed prior to the start of the tour that coping with ultimate seamy and windy condition in New Zealand might cloud Bangladesh’ preparation for the World Cup. And the assumption literally showed up while the tourists’ batting in first ODI.
Appearing straight from the BPL T20 to fifty over contest, Bangladesh batsmen exhibited fragility, unpreparedness in grass top of Napier. As early as in the 23rd over, the scorecard showed the touring side reeling at 94 for 6.
Matt Henry and Trent Boult proved they were too good to handle for Bangladesh top order. The opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das shared six runs between them along with experienced campaigner Mushfiqur, bolted by Boult in his 5 (14 balls).
Soumya survived the scare for a span of time; back lashed Kiwi pacers in a quick fire 22 ball 30 striking 5 boundaries and a six as well.
Bangladesh, afterwards, grandly recovered by young Mohammad Mithun. Coming to bat at number five, Mithun configured valuable partnerships in seventh and eighth wickets.
Against the powerful exhibition of pace from Lockie Ferguson who constantly delivered above 150 kmph, young Saifuddin and Mithun stood undetached for 84 in the eighth wicket partnership.
It was his (Mithun’s) 62 which propelled Bangladesh to at least a total to fight for in collaboration with Saifuddin’s 41 off 58. With seven deliveries remaining in the innings, the visitors lost all their wickets at the score of 232.
In the remaining portion of the match, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls made merry with Bangladesh bowlers. Stiching together until the mid of 23rd over, the opening pair raced to 103 before Mehedi Hasan Miraz came with the first breakthrough for the team.
Nicholls out for 53 but Guptill reigned with supremacy, reached to his 15th one day international hundred relieving the Kiwis much, ahead of the mega ICC event.
Guptill was unbeaten scoring 117 facing 116 deliveries. He made 8 strokes for four and 4 four sixes.
New Zealand 233/2 (44.3 overs)
Martin Guptill 117*, Henry Nicholls 53, Ross Taylor 24
Mehedi Hasan Miraz 1/42, Mahmudullah 1/27
Result: New Zealand won by 8 wickets.
Man of the Match: Martin Guptill.
Watch Guptill’s interview here-
— Dhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) February 13, 2019