Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten 107 and Colin Munro made 85 to help New Zealand cruise to 307 for 5 against Bangladesh in the third and final one-day international on Sunday.
Anton Devcich added 46 while Tom Latham scored 43 to give the visitors a solid base against a struggling Bangladesh at Khan Shaheb Osmani Ali Stadium,where the international cricket returned for the first match in seven years.
Mahmudullah returned figures of 2 for 36 for Bangladesh,while Rubel Hossain,Sohag Gazi and Mashrafe Mortaza claimed one wicket each.
Taylor hit his eighth ODI century off 93 balls with nine boundaries and three sixes. Munro made his total off 77 balls with seven fours and two sixes.
Munro and Taylor added 130 runs in a fourth wicket stand. Munro’s inning swung the momentum toward the Kiwis,who were struggling on 3 for 101 at one stage. Munro attacked the Bangladesh bowling from the start,but the aggressive mood caused his downfall when a century looked imminent. He looked to reverse hit a Mahmudullah ball but the extra bounce got him out.
After the dismissal of Munro,Taylor came out of his shell to launch a spectacular attack on the bowlers.
He gained the momentum hitting two fours off Razzak over and then hit three sixes in a row against Sohag Gazi.
His attacking knock helped New Zealand amass 73 runs in the last five overs. Apart from against Zimbabwe,Bangladesh has never won a one-day International match chasing more than 300 runs. Its highest chase came against India in 2012 it chased down 293.
Brief scores: New Zealand Innings: 307 for 5 in 50 ovs (Ross Taylor 107 n.o.,Colin Munro 85,Anton Devcich 46; Mahmudullah 2/36, Rubel Hossain 1/38)
A back injury has forced New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum out of the remaining two matches of the Bangladesh tour,officials said on Sunday,adding that he will return home immediately. McCullum had a scan and the decision is that he return to New Zealand immediately for further review and to begin rehabilitation, New Zealand Cricket said in a statement.
He was initially scheduled to fly home after the Bangladesh tour,missing the subsequent limited-overs series in Sri Lanka. But team physiotherapist Paul Close said: Brendon’s back needs careful management. It’s flared up and is giving him significant pain. The best course of action is getting him home for rehabilitation as soon as possible.
McCullum has missed the third and final one-day international and will also not be a part of Wednesday’s Twenty20 match.