At one stage New Zealand were 156 for the loss of one wicket. They looked good for a big total. Tom Latham and Neil Broom had scored half-centuries and they looked in no real trouble. But, Bangladesh then picked up four quick wickets, including that of the two set batsmen, to put breaks on the run-rate and restricted New Zealand to 270 for the loss of eight wickets in the final ODI of the Tri-Nation Series involving Ireland.
In the end, it proved vital as Bangladesh chased down the 271-run total with five wickets and 10 balls remaining. This was Bangladesh’s first ever win over New Zealand outside their home. The second wicket stand of 136 runs between Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman set the platform for Bangladesh and despite losing four quick wickets, including that of Sabbir and Tamim, they reached the target safely.
An unbeaten 72-run stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah ensured that they do not lose way and win the one-day international though the win could not give them the tri-series title.
New Zealand topped the chart with 12 points, two more than Bangladesh to win the trophy, a morale boosting effort just before the ICC Champions Trophy which begins in England from June 1. The win helped Bangladesh move to number six in the ICC ODI rankings, for the first time in the history that they have moved ahead of Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh’s chase began with a six from Tamim and despite the wicket of Sarkar, they looked on track. The only wobble was when they lost three wickets for 17 runs and 17 balls.
New Zealand bowlers were guilty of not bowling a tight line and length and giving away boundaries. They could never stop the run flow of Bangladesh which kept the asking rate well under control.
Musfiqur brought up his 3, 000 ODI runs, only the fifth Bangladesh batsmen to achieve the feat. He played the second fiddle to Mahmudullah, who constructed the chase in the death overs with his aggressive approach.
Earlier, New Zealand were going strong before Nasser Hossian dismissed both Latham and Broom. Still, the Black Caps had a chance to put a good total but Corey Anderson, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Colin Munro fell cheaply and only Ross Taylor provided some late blitz.
For Bangladesh, Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib-Al-Hasan picked up two wickets each but played a crucial role in curbing the runs in the last 10 overs. Rubel Hossian with Mortaza gave only 33 runs in the final five overs. Fielding was the only disappointment for Bangladesh as they dropped regular catches.