Tigers lose first ODI
DHAKA – Opener Martin Guptill scored a match-winning unbeaten century as New Zealand took 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series beating visiting Bangladesh by eight-wicket in the first ODI held on Wednesday at McLean Park, Napier.
Guptill scored 117-run off 116 ball and shared a 103-run strong opening stand with Henry Nicholls as New Zealand comfortably chase down the target for the loss of two wickets in 44.3 overs.
The right handed batsman Guptill, who completed his fifteen ODI century, hammered eight boundaries and four over boundaries while Nicholls supported with a well composed of 53-run off 80 balls hitting five boundaries to take
New Zealand closer to the victory.
Mehedy Hasan finally broke the stubborn partnership picking up the wicket of Nicholls but Guptill continued his fine innings as he finished the chase along with Ross Taylor to remain unbeaten till the end of the innings. Taylor
scored 45-run off 49-ball laced with six boundaries.
Mahmudullah and Mehedy Hasan took one New Zealand’s wickets giving away 27 and 42 runs respectively. Martin Guptill of New Zealand was named the player of the match for his magnificent batting performance.
Earlier, Mohammad Mithun played a responsible knock of 62 runs and shared 84 runs with cameo Mohammad Saifuddin for the eighth wicket stand to steer Bangladesh to a decent total of 232 for all in 48.5 overs, after Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first.
Bangladesh plunged into a deep trouble as they slipped 94 for 6 and the visitors Bangladesh lost top four batsmen inside the batting power play to be reduced to 42-4.
The southpaw opener Tamim Iqbal started with a four but got a thick edge off Trent Boult delivery in the second over of the innings as Bangladesh lost their first wicket.
Liton Das immediately followed the footprint of Tamim after being a clean bowled by Matt Henry’s delivery while Mushfiqur Rahim also lasted a little as Boult uprooted the stumps making Mushfiq a clean bowled.
Soumya Sarkar looked positive with bat making some splendid shots including a six over midwicket and survived a review but could not convert it to a big knock as he got the bottom edge and caught and bowled by Henry after
making a quick fire 22-ball off 30 runs.
Dependable batsman Mahmudullah (13) failed to take the responsibility as he perished to Lockie Ferguson while Sabbir Rahman (13) also could not make his comeback to international cricket from suspension was he was stumped by Tom Latham off Mitchell Santner delivery.
Mehedy Hasan showed his aggrieve batting but he departed from the crease after making with 26-run off 27-ball hitting three boundaries and one over boundary before.James Neesham took a catch of Santner to end superb effort of Mehedy.
Saifuddin then joined with Mohammad Mithun to stop the rot. The duo batted sensibly to make sure Bangladesh got past 200-run mark. Saifuddin composed 41-run off 58 balls hitting three boundaries before Santner. Mithun who have completed three ODI half centuries smashed five boundaries during his responsible knocks.
Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner were the most successful bowler as they claimed three Bangladesh’s wickets conceding 40 and 45 runs respectively. The second match of the series will be held on Saturday (February 16). Brief score:
Bangladesh – 232 for all in 48.5 overs, Mithun 62, Saifuddin 41, Soumya 30, Mehedy 26, Boult 3/40, Santner 3/45, Ferguson 2/44 and Henry 2/48.
New Zealand – 233 for 2 in 44.3 overs, Guptill 117 n.o Nicholls 53, Taylor 45 n.o, Mahmudullah 1/27 and Mehedy 1/42.