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Tamim-Liton’s fifty leads Tigers 272-run target for Kiwis

 Sports Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:05 AM, 23 March 2021   Updated: 12:06 PM, 23 March 2021

Neesham run-out Tamim; Photo: ICC

Neesham run-out Tamim; Photo: ICC

Bangladesh batted first in the survival match of the series. Despite being under pressure at the beginning, Bangladesh overcame it and scored 271 runs after losing 6 wickets. The Tigers set a target of 272 runs for Kiwis to win the series.  

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal lost the toss in two consecutive matches at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Tuesday. New Zealand captain Tom Latham invited Bangladesh to bat after winning the toss in the second ODI.

Captain Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das came down in the opening, however, the start was very bad for Tigers as usual. Liton Kumar went to the dug-out with a duck (0 runs) in the 2nd over of the match.

Soumya Sarkar came down in the field in the third position and overcame the loss with Tamim Iqbal. He and Tamim slowly moving forward with the score and made a partnership of 81 runs. The Slow-scoring Bangladesh team scored 50 runs in the 15th over of the match.

However, in the 20th over, Soumya Sarkar, scored 32 off 46 balls, stamped by Tom Latham in the Mitchell Santner’s ball. The Tigers made 85 runs at that time. 

Gradually, Tamim picked up the 50th half-century of his ODI career. 

After fifty, Tamim was making quick runs in aggressive batting, but the New Zealand bowlers were becoming a threat. Although Tamim was going ahead with great batting, his wrong call sent him to the dressing room in the 30th over. Neesham run-out him in the team’s 133 runs, Tamim scored 78 runs off 108 balls.

Mushfiqur, who also played in slow-pace, messed up the timing in Mitchell Santner’s over. He flew the ball into the mid-on but went to Henry Nichols, Nichols easily caught from inside the circle. Mushfiqur returned to the dressing room with 34 off 59 balls. After Tamim was out, Mushfiqur and Mithun had a partnership of 51 runs.

Mohammad Mithun made great use of James Neesham’s full-toss ball. He hit a six after coming down in a deep mid-wicket and made a sixth half-century in 43 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. 

Aggressive batting was needed to increase the runs in the end. Although Mithun tried on one end, Mahmudullah could not meet the needs of the team. In the 48th over, Kyle Jamieson’s ball came forward and gave a catch to Guptill at mid-wicket. Mahmudullah returned to the dressing room with 16 runs off 18 balls. However, he played a big role in forming a partnership with Mithun on the fifth wicket. They came up with 63 runs from 42 balls. 

Miraz who scored 7 runs, returned with a catch to Nicholls in Boult’s last over. He tried to pull over in deep midwicket, however, sliced the ball and Nicholls took it at mid-off. 

After that, the Kiwis did not see any more wickets. Bangladesh’s innings stopped at 271 for 6.

Mitchell Santner has taken the highest two wickets for New Zealand. Besides, Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Kyle Jamieson took one wicket each.