In the first ODI played at Christchurch, New Zealand grabbed 77-run victory powered by the fifth wicket partnership between Tom Latham and Colin Munro. Meanwhile, their Bangladesh counterpart, Mustafiqur Rahim had to retire with a hamstring injury. In the match, Latham and Munro partnered for 158 runs. While Latham knocked his career best 137, Munro struck 87 off 61 balls. By the end of the inning, New Zealand posed their highest ODI score against Bangladesh, 341 for 7. In the chase, the visitors returned 264 for 9 wickets. Leaving the match before four overs to surrender.
New Zealand's inning gathered momentum with Latham, setting off his strike by the third over. He played almost throughout the inning batting for 48 overs, smashing 7 fours and 4 sixes in the stretch. His first six was in the over from Soumya Sarkar. Further, when Munro came into the crease, runs began to free fall off Bangladesh bowlers. The batsmen hammered the sixth ball he faced for a six off a Shakib's delivery. Munro partnered with Latham to bring a solace to the depreciating middle order. From a paltry 158 for 4, the batsman took the inning to 316 for 5 in the 47th over. He plundered 8 fours and 4 sixes in his flashy inning with a strike rate of 142.67. In the last 10 overs, Bangladesh poured out 103 runs to New Zealand's tally. In the ten overs before the final stretch, the Kiwi batsmen knocked 70 runs.
Although the fiery inning from New Zealand asked a strong start from Bangladesh, its openers could not deliver much strength. Imrul Kayes was removed in the eight over scoring only 16. James Neesham came up as a powerful bet for New Zealand taking down Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah. With the early slog, Bangladesh fell for 48 for 3 by the 12th over. The inning was salvaged by the middle order when Shakib, Mustafiqur Rahim and Mosaddek Hussain took on the strike. Shakib smashed 59 off 54, Hossain had 50 off 44 balls and Mustafiqur added 42 off 498 until he retired with the hamstring injury.
Slow run rate and inconsistency of its batsmen in the last 10 overs were the prime reason of Bangladesh's defeat. Neesham and Lockie Ferguson had three wickets each, while Tim Southee claimed two. Winning the match, New Zealand is now ahead in the ODI series by 1-0. The Player of the Match was conferred to Tom Latham for his career best strike, which salvaged his team.
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