New Zealand 239/2
Latham 4, Guptill 5 (Retired Hurt), Broom 97, Williamson 95*
Bangladesh 236/9 (50 overs)
Tamim Iqbal 59, Imrul Kayes 44, Sabbir 19, Mahmudullah 3, Shakib 18, Mosaddek 11,
Nurul 44, Tanbir 3, Mashrafe 12, Taskin 4*, Mustafiz 0*
Santner 2/38, Henry 2/53
Player of the match – KS Williamson (New Zealand)
Captain Kane Williamson and Neil Broom both flirted with centuries as New Zealand cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in their third one-day international to complete a 3-0 series sweep at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Saturday.
Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes came to bat in the opening stand. It was a big test for both the opener as good start could bring most awaited win for Bangladesh in New Zealand. They provided exactly their team needed.
Both the openers took a little bit time to settle in and then they started to hit the ball around the ground. Tamim was playing with no fear while Imrul continued his good form.
They added 102 runs in the opening stand by playing majestic shots around the ground. Atfirst, Imrul was more aggressive and then Tamim changed the gear. Imrul got out off Santner’s delivery and scored 44 runs before that.
Sabbir came to bat and hit some fantastic shots but he couldn’t carry on. After that, Another collapse like 2nd ODI happened to Bangladesh team and suddenly they started losing wickets. Mahmudullah, Shakib, Mosaddek failed again and Tanbir too.
At the end, young wicket keeper, Nurul Hasan Sohan played a fantastic knock of 44 runs and Bangladesh managed to score 236 runs after 50 overs.
While chasing, New Zealand lost early wicket of Latham who managed to score only 4 runs and got out from Mustafizur Rahman’s magical delivery. Then, Guptill was retired hurt after having a muscle pull.
Williamson and Broom came to bat and took the match completely away from Bangladesh. But, Broom should give thanks to Imrul Kayes as he dropped an easy catch of him when he was far away from making any run.
Both the batsmen were fantastic throughout the innings. They even scored runs from the best bowlers of the Tigers: Mustafiz and Shakib. In the middle, there was a funny competition between Broom and Williamson to reach century.
Williamson was left unbeaten on 95 while Broom fell just before the close for 97 as New Zealand overhauled Bangladesh’s 236 for the loss of only two wickets to sweep the series 3-0.
For Broom, 33, battling to prove that he deserves to stay in the squad, it was his second consecutive match-winning performance after his unbeaten 109 when New Zealand won the second match by 67 runs.
Broom, who scored 22 in the first match, which New Zealand won by 77 runs, was recalled for the Bangladesh series after nearly seven years in the wilderness to cover the No.4 batting slot while Ross Taylor recovers from eye surgery.
In the final few overs, Neesham toned down his lusty hitting in an apparent attempt to let Williamson reach his milestone. But after a mid-wicket conversation with his captain, Neesham was evidently told to finish the match, which he did with a boundary off the next ball.
The series now moves on to three Twenty20 Internationals to be followed by two Tests.
Bangladesh XI: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Mahmudullah, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Sabbir Rahman, 6 Mosaddek Hossain, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Tanbir Hayder, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Taskin Ahmed.
New Zealand XI: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Neil Broom, 5 James Neesham, 6 Colin Munro, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Jeetan Patel.
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