Kiwis easily beat Tigers by 8 wickets
Published: 10:11 AM, 20 March 2021 Updated: 01:16 PM, 20 March 2021
The Tigers started their ODI mission with a loss against the Kiwis. In the first ODI match of the series, the host New Zealand easily defeated Bangladesh by 8 wickets.
The Tigers lost all their wickets for just 131 runs in 41.5 overs after losing the toss at the Oval University ground in Dunedin at 4:00 am Bangladesh time on Saturday. In reply, Henry Nicholls and Will Young left the field with easy victory only in 21.2 overs by losing 2 wickets.
In reply to 132 runs, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls started the Kiwis’ innings. Taskin Ahmed broke the opening partnership by bagging Guptill (scored 38 runs off 27 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes), caught behind by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, in the 5th over.
After that, Devon Conway and Nicholls continued to play. Two off-spinners – Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mahedi Hasan – pulled the reins of the run of these two left-arm batsmen.
Conway and Nicholls’ 65-run partnership was broken by Hasan Mahmud. Conway made a flick to the ball that went to the hands of Mahmudullah. Later, Young and Nicholls then led the team to victory in the 22nd over of the innings. The hosts won the match with Young’s boundary during the team’s 128 runs.
Earlier, Tiger ODI captain Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das came to the opening after losing the toss. Tamim Iqbal opened the scoring with a six off Boult’s third ball of the innings. In the next over, Tamim’s run went up to double figures by sending Matt Henry’s delivery to the boundary.
The ODI captain hinted at something big on his birthday, however, in the third over, Tamim missed Boult’s straight ball and fell victim to LBW. Tamim returned to the dressing room with 13 runs off 15 balls. Three balls later and Boult had his second when Soumya Sarkar (0 off 3 balls) played a poor stroke against a shorter delivery, popping a catch into the offside.
Liton Das shaped up well in challenging conditions as he tried to commit either fully forward or fully back, but his hard work was undone when he got a leading edge to mid-on in Neesham’s opening over.
The scoring rate rarely got above three an over against a relentless New Zealand attack. Kyle Jamieson, who struggled in the T20I series against Australia, went wicketless but at times Bangladesh could barely lay a bat on him as he gained troublesome bounce from a reasonably full length.
Mushfiqur Rahim played solidly to try and give his team some chance of building a foundation but became Neesham’s second wicket when he was cramped for room playing a cut and found gully. That was the first of three wickets to fall for nine runs in six overs.
Bangladesh’s woes were compounded when Mohammad Mithun was run out backing up after a firm straight drive from Mahmudullah flicked the finger of Neesham into the non-striker's stumps. Mehidy Hasan Miraz then moved too far across his crease against Santner and had his leg stump tickled.
Debutant Mahedi Hasan marked the occasion when his first scoring stroke in ODIs was a huge 94-meter six over long-off but an attempt to repeat it four overs later offered a catch to mid-on leaving Bangladesh seven down with 18 overs remaining.
Madmudullah and Taskin formed a 10-over stand although large parts of it were pure-survival before Madmudullah, attempting to inject some impetus, picked out midwicket where Santner timed his leap perfectly. Boult, in the meantime, did the rest.
Bangladesh: 131/10, 41 overs; Madmudullah 27, Mushfiqur 23, Liton 19; Boult 4/27, Neesham 2/27, Santner 2/23, Henry 1/26.
New Zealand: 132/2, 21.2 overs; Nicholls 49*, Guptill 38, Conway 27; Taskin 1/23, Hasan 1/49.
Results: New Zealand won by 8 wickets.