DHAKA - Bangladesh clinched their One-Day International series against New Zealand with a game to spare after a 40-run win in the second match in Dhaka. They applied the same formula that served them well in the opening match, again dismissed inside 50 overs but fighting back to bowl their opponents out to go 2-0 up in the series.
Tamim Iqbal’s 58 was the highest score of both Bangladesh’s innings of 247 and the game, which ended when New Zealand were all out for 207 in the 47th over of their run chase. Iqbal struck five fours and a six during his 86-ball innings that included a 63-run opening partnership with debutant Shamsur Rahman (25).
Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim both hit 31 to keep Bangladesh on course for a good score but they were pegged back through Jimmy Neesham and Corey Anderson, who both took four wickets. Nevertheless, the battling home side are beginning to make a habit of getting out of potentially tricky situations and from 173 for six they were able to counter attack thanks to Mahmudullah (21), Sohag Gazi (26) and Mashrafe Mortaza (14).
While not the sort of contributions that would raise much of an eyebrow in Nagpur or Jaipur in recent weeks, in tight contests on slow wickets such as these, they were invaluable in giving Bangladesh enough runs to work with. Neesham finished with four for 53 and Anderson four for 40 - the latter a career-best for the all-rounder.
With the exception of Anderson, who struck 37 in 40 balls, New Zealand collectively struggled to keep up with the required run-rate. Hamish Rutherford was first to go having faced just three balls for one run before he was bowled by Mortaza but opening partner Anton Devcich used up 44 in making 19. One of Grant Elliott’s 14 runs was his 1,000th in ODI cricket and Ross Taylor made 45 but having got that far, his side were left to rue his inability to go on and make the half-century that might have kept them in the game.
Nevertheless, with Anderson, Brendon McCullum (14) and Tom Latham (0) already out, Taylor was swiftly running out of partners and he was next to go, caught by Mahmudullah off Gazi (3-34) in the 40th over. At that point, they needed 91 to win, and although Nathan McCullum hit 25 in 23 balls and Kyle Mills 27 not out in 25, their efforts proved in vain, Mortaza (3-43) continuing to enjoy his comeback to international cricket by bowling Tim Southee for a golden duck to hand Bangladesh a convincing win.
The final match will be played in Fatullah on Sunday 3rd November.
Tamim Iqbal b Anderson 58
Shamsur Rahman st Latham b N McCullum 25
Mominul Haque c N McCullum b Anderson 31
Mushfiqur Rahim c Latham b Neesham 31
Naeem Islam c Latham b Mills 16
Nasir Hossain c B. McCullum b Neesham 3
Mahmudullah c&b Anderson 21
Sohag Gazi c Devcich b Anderson 26
Mashrafe Mortaza b Neesham 14
Abdur Razzak not out 4
Rubel Hossain b Neesham 2
EXTRAS: (b5, lb5, wb4, nb2) 16
TOTAL: (all out, 49 overs) 247
FOW: 1-63, 2-110, 3-136, 4-169, 5-171, 6-173, 7-221, 8-240, 9-240, 10-247
BOWLING: Southee 10-2-45-0, Mills 10-1-47-1, N McCullum 8-0-42-1, Neesham 10-0-53-4, Anderson 9-1-40-4, Eliot 2-0-10-0
A Devcich c & b Sohag 19
H Rutherford b Mashrafe 1
G Elliot lbw b Razzak 14
R Taylor c Mahmudullah b Sohag 45
C Anderson c Mushfiqur b Mashrafe 37
B McCullum lbw b Mominul 14
T Latham run out 0
J Neesham c Naeem b Sohag 8
N McCullum c Mahmudullah b Mominul 25
K Mills not out 27
T Southee b Mashrafe 0
EXTRAS: (b1 lb 10, wb6) 17
TOTAL: (all out, 46.4 overs) 207
FOW: 1-5 , 2-45, 3-45, 4-106, 5-130, 6-131, 7-143, 8-157, 9-194, 10-207
BOWLING: Mashrafe 8.4-0-43-3, Sohag 10-0-34-3, Rubel 9-1-47-0, Razzak 9-0-35-1, Mahmudullah 6-0-24-0, Mominul 4-0-13-2
MAN OF THE MATCH: Sohag Gazi