DUBLIN: New Zealand coasted to their second straight success in the third game of the tri-series one-day tournament when they completed a workmanlike five-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Ireland on Wednesday.
Chasing 258, captain Tom Latham (64) and Jimmy Neesham (52) both struck half-centuries while Neil Broom made 48 as he and Neesham shared a stand of 80 after New Zealand were in some bother at 147-4.
Earlier, Bangladesh reached 257 for nine after Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah all reached 50 but none could go on and Sarkar ended up as the top scorer with 61.
Hamish Bennett, the one change in the Black Caps line-up which beat Ireland in their first match on Sunday was rewarded for an economical spell of 3-30.
Bangladesh also had to make one change to their first line-up with captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who had been suspended for the Ireland game last Friday, returning in place of Taskin Ahmed.
The Tigers enjoyed a bright start with Tamim Iqbal (23)and Sarkar putting on 72 for the first wicket.
Despite the short boundaries at the compact Clontarf ground, Bangladesh struggled to find them with Mahmudullah the most successful, hitting six in his 51 while Mushfiqur hit the only six of the innings in his 55.
BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal c Munro b Neesham 23 Soumya Sarkar c Latham b Sodhi 61 Sabbir Rahman b Santner 1 Mushfiqur Rahim c Ronchi b Neesham 55 Shakib Al Hasan c Neesham b Sodhi 6 Mahmudullah c Rance b Bennett 51 Mosaddek Hossain c Rance b Bennett 41 Mehedi Hasan c Rance b Bennett 6 Mashrafe Mortaza run out 1 Rubel Hossain not out 0 Mustafizur Rahman not out 0 EXTRAS (B-1 LB-1, W-10) 12 TOTAL (for nine wkts, 50 overs) 257 FALL OF WKTS: 1-72, 2-79, 3-117, 4-132, 5-181, 6-242, 7-253, 8-255, 9-256. BOWLING: Rance 9-0-66-0 (1w); Bennett 10-1-31-3 (4w); Santner 10-1-36-1; Neesham 9-0-68-2 (4w); Sodhi 10-1-40-2; Munro 2-0-14-0.
NEW ZEALAND: T.W.M. Latham c Mushfiqur b Rubel 54 L. Ronchi c Mahmudullah b Mustafizur 27 G.H. Worker run out 17 L.R.P.L. Taylor lbw b Mustafizur 25 N.T. Broom lbw b Rubel 48 J.Neesham c Mosaddek b Mashrafe 52 C. Munro not out 16 M.J. Santner not out 5 EXTRAS (Lb-4, W-10) 14 TOTAL (for six wkts, 47.3 overs) 258 FALL OF WKTS: 1-39, 2-80, 3-110, 4-147, 5-227, 6-241. DID NOT BAT: S.H.A. Rance, I.S. Sodhi, H.K. Bennett. BOWLING: Mashrafe Mortaza 6.3-0-58-1 (1w); Shakib Al Hasan 10-1-50-0 (1w); Mustafizur Rahman 9-1-33-2; Mehedi Hasan 8-0-45-0; Mahmudullah 1-0-8-0; Mosaddek Hossain 3-0-7-0; Rubel Hossain 10-0-53-2. RESULT: New Zealand won by four wickets. UMPIRES: A.J. Neill (Ireland) and I.J. Gould (England). TV UMPIRE: N.J. Llong (England). MATCH REFEREE: R.S. Madugalle (Sri Lanka).
Published in Dawn, May 18th, 2017