New Zealand needed just 21 overs on Saturday to overtake Bangladesh’s total of 131 and won three one-day cricket internationals by eight wickets.
Bangladesh, recently out of managed isolation, were never comfortable in an unfamiliar batting position at University Oval and were bowled out by New Zealand in just 41.5 overs. Mahmudullah’s 27 off 54 balls was his highest score.
New Zealand were always on target for victory in the overs to hold the top after Martin Guptill scored 38 runs in 19 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes.
Henry Nicholls scored an unbeaten 49 in his 50th ODI to lead New Zealand to victory in the 22nd over, sharing a 65-run partnership for the second wicket with Devon Conway (27).
New Zealand won the toss and sent Bangladesh to cool and cool conditions. When Trent Boult produced a late out-swinger with the first ball of the match that surprised and defeated Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal, it was clear that the tourists were in for a tough day.
It was good to get on the line and start the series with a win, Bault said. We put him in a good total and it was good to chase him down with just two wickets down.
The swing was short-lived, but Bangladesh struggled to score independently on a pitch that was slow and catching and against a New Zealand attack that produced lines and length.
Lacking bowling and a length in the batsmen, New Zealand bowlers – especially the bowlers, who scored 4-27 – cut scoring options under the wicket and on both sides of the field.
Bangladesh struggled 33–2 after 10 overs and scored 50 runs, losing three wickets in the 16th over.
Thanks to Guptill, New Zealand scored 50 runs without a wicket and only in five overs and it reached 100 in the 16th over.
Bangladesh had lost all 28 of their previous ODIs against New Zealand in New Zealand, mainly because of the discomfort of their batsmen who favored the bowlers and those bowlers had problems adapting to those conditions.
Tourists felt they had a chance to break the streak on Saturday as New Zealand was without senior batsmen Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor and leading bowler Tim Southee. Tom Latham captained New Zealand in its 100th ODI.
Bangladesh, in turn, was without perfection of their batting lineup. Shakib Al Hasan was left at home on paternity leave, but the tourists felt confident after coming into the series after a 3–0 home series victory over the West Indies.
Apart from Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim made 23 from 49 balls and Litton Das made 19 of 36.
Bolt played both innings, removing Tamim (13) and Soumya Sarkar (0) within three balls in the fifth over, then took a catch to dismiss Das. He returned to take the last two wickets.
Jimmy Neesham dismissed Das and Mushfiqur, Mohammed was at hand (literally) in driving Mithun out, stopping Mahmudullah’s direct drive at the non-striker’s stump when Mithun left his ground.
On debut, Mahedi Hasan hit a six for his first run in ODIs and looked determined to lift the scoring rate, but he was dismissed for 14 off left-arm spinner Mitchell Sentner.
Bangladesh captain Tamim said, there was a very soft dismissal. There is no doubt that he bowled very well but we played some loose shots and we blamed ourselves.