Bangladesh reached a milestone in the campaign against New Zealand. Ahead of Champions Trophy, the latest victory is certainly a high morale booster for the team. Chasing down 271 against New Zealand was not easy, but the five-wicket win, with 10 balls to spare, emerged as a moment for celebration for the team. With the victory, the team promoted itself to No. 6 in ODI ranking. It was the last match of the series, which Bangladesh won.
In the first inning, New Zealand inning had the partnership inning from Tom Latham and Neil Broom. The players scored 133 runs together. The former scored 84 and Broom scored 63. It was the only strong stretch in the inning, after which, Bangladesh bowlers slogged the inning.
In the chase, the winning runs came from Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur, both near the fifties mark, but just yet to reach. While the former was at 46, the latter was at 45. The chase was headstrong with a good partnership from Tamim Tqbal and Sabbir Rahman. The players forged a partnership of 136 runs after New Zealand removed opener Soumya Sarkar. It was the highest partnership inning for Bangladesh against the Kiwis.
Then came the slog of a couple of wickets. The team lost both wickets and Mosaddek Hossain falling to 160 for 4. It took only three overs for New Zealand to slog the team. The start of Bangladesh’s chase was excellent. Tamim Iqbal plundered the first ball he faced with a massive six hauling the balls out of the park. The strike made him the third batsman after Virender Sehwag and Martin Guptill.
After the initial partnership, the next partnership inning was from Mushfiqur and Shakib Al Hassan adding a healthy 39 runs. It came up as a resistance against falling wickets. The winning pair came up with Mahmudullah on the crease after Al Hassan was removed. Mahmudullah played aggressive. He scored reached the 3000 ODI runs milestone in the match. He gained a life in the 44th overs as Tom Latham missed a catch.
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