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New Zealand win first ODI series in BD since 2008

New Zealand win first ODI series in BD since 2008

New Zealand secured its first ODI series win in Bangladesh since 2008 with a seven-wicket victory in their third and final match on Tuesday (Sep 26). Opener Will Young scored an 80-ball 70 and Henry Nicholls was 50 not out as New Zealand reached its target in 34.5 overs to win the series 2-0 ahead of next month’s Cricket World Cup. The Tigers chose to bat first in Mirpur and was dismissed for 171 in 34.3 overs. New Zealand scored 175-3 in reply. Adam Milne, one of the visitors’ two changes, claimed 4-34.

“To come up with the first win since 2008 is great,” Young said. “This group plays a lot together, we gel well and it’s a lot of fun. You don’t know what you’ll get in India, hope it’s similar (to here).”

The first match was washed out and Bangladesh made four changes from the team which lost the second game on Saturday by 86 runs.

Bangladesh stand-in captain Najmul Hossain Shanto made a brilliant 76, his third straight 50-plus knock but other batters failed to support him. The next best was Mahmudullah’s 21.

Aiming to draw the series, Bangladesh quickly lost both openers Tanzid Hasan and Zakir Hasan. That left the hosts at 8-2 in the third over. Zakir made just 1 before Milne rattled his stumps with an express delivery. Trent Boult (2-33) claimed Tanzid’s wicket.

Towhid Hridoy looked confident but Milne had him caught by Young at point to dismiss him for 18. Mushfiqur Rahim scored 18 before falling to skipper Lockie Ferguson.

Mahmudullah hit leg-spinner Ish Sodhi for consecutive boundaries but he too failed to convert his start as he edged behind after sharing a 49-run for the fifth wicket with Najmul.

After becoming the first New Zealand spinner to claim six wickets in a one-day international, Sodhi went wicketless in this match.

Shanto kept the scoreboard ticking but Bangladesh lost the last five wickets for just 34 runs. He was out when trying to play a reverse sweep against offspinner Cole McConchie (2-18 in five overs). Najmul struck 10 fours in his 84-ball knock.

“Our batsmen didn’t score big runs. Lots got starts but no big scores,” Shanto said. “We are not too worried about batting, we know we can bat long. Think it would have been different if I’d batted till the end.”

In reply, New Zealand’s Finn Allen hit three boundaries in the first over against left-arm pacer Shoriful Islam (2-32). Young also regularly hit boundaries as the Kiwi openers made a good start, unlike Bangladesh. But, Shoriful hit back with consecutive wickets, removing Allen for 28 and handing Dean Foxcroft a golden duck on his debut. Young and Nicholls then combined for an 81-run stand for the third wicket.

Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed broke the partnership, claiming Young after he hit 10 fours and one six in his knock.

Tom Blundell (23) hit the winning boundary.

Litton Kumer Das, who led Bangladesh in the first two matches, was rested along with Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Mustafizur Rahman.