Bangladesh v New Zealand, tri-nation series, Dublin May 17, 2017

Bennett, Neesham lead New Zealand's canter

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New Zealand 258 for 6 (Latham 54, Neesham 52, Broom 48) beat Bangladesh 257 for 9 (Soumya 61, Mushfiqur 55, Mahmudullah 51, Bennett 3-31) by four wickets
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A harrying spell of pace-bowling from Hamish Bennett, playing his first ODI since January 2014, and fifties from James Neesham and Tom Latham led New Zealand's drubbing over Bangladesh in the third game of the tri-series, in Clontarf, the venue's first game between two Full Member nations. New Zealand utilised conditions they are well accustomed to, and executed substantially better than Bangladesh to stay unbeaten in the tri-series. Bangladesh, meanwhile, continue their elusive chase for a win over New Zealand away from home, or at a neutral venue.

Latham set up New Zealand's chase of 258 with a steady half-century, but it was an 80-run, fifth-wicket partnership between Neesham and Neil Broom that turned the game decisively. Bangladesh had clawed their way back, after Ross Taylor's wicket in the 31st over had left New Zealand at 147 for 4. But Broom laid down anchor and Neesham counter-attacked, displaying their natural batting tendencies.

At no point in the innings did the asking rate creep over 6.15: their toughest equation was 91 off 89 balls with six wickets in hand. Such was New Zealand's control over the chase. With Neesham in fine hitting form - he hit a boundary in each over between overs 34 and 39 - Broom accumulated 48 off 64 before he missed a full, straight ball. By then, however, New Zealand were cruising.

The pitch, a comparatively barren surface compared to the tournament opener in Malahide, may have lost some of the zing of the morning, and gradually eased out for batting as the day progressed. Spin, Bangladesh's most productive asset, didn't perform. Mashrafe Mortaza leaked runs. Bangladesh's bowling attack was cut to just two weapons, Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain. Both bowlers, incisive and accurate, took two wickets apiece, but New Zealand were effective in negating Bangladesh's penetration.

The day began in ideal pace-bowling conditions - a quick surface and overcast morning conditions. Seth Rance and Bennett started by angling the ball away from Bangladesh's left-handed openers. A wide mid-off was an indicator that it was New Zealand's plan all along. Rance generate appreciable lateral movement, but Bennett's whippy action and pace continually hustled Bangladesh's openers. Both Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar were rushed into their pulls and cuts, many false strokes even plonked into gaps.

Yet, both batsmen displayed admirable discipline to pick their areas and shots. Soumya went through the off-side infield repeatedly but also intentionally lofted Rance's occasional wayward line over the fielders.

After Tamim found sweeper cover off Neesham in the 16th over, Sabbir Rahman was undone by Mitchell Santner's left-arm spin eight balls later. Those wickets allowed New Zealand an opportunity to pile on the pressure. In a 10-over period, between overs 18 and 27, New Zealand bowled 33 dot balls.

Bangladesh's batsmen struggled against Ish Sodhi's legspin, in particular. Soumya didn't account for the extra revolutions, and therefore extra bounce, that a legspinner imparts as his sweep found midwicket for 61. Shakib Al Hasan, struggling for fluency, clipped one to mid-off.

Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur then not only limited the damage but also added 59 valuable runs for the fifth wicket. Mushfiqur had eased to his fifty when, in an attempt to guide a length delivery to third man, he found an edge that was snaffled up by Ronchi.

In their recent ODI series against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh had laid emphasis on holding wickets in hand for the end overs but that didn't quite go to plan against New Zealand as they lost their top half by the 38th over. Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain, therefore, were left with little choice but to collect whatever they could. Thirteen runs were scored off four overs after Mushfiqur's dismissal, the 41st over was a maiden.

Mahmudullah, it seemed, lost his timing as his innings progressed and eventually fell to a stunning catch at short fine leg from Rance in the 48th over. Mosaddek, in between, provided some impetus to Bangladesh's slog overs with four fours in the space of eight balls.

Bennett collected two more wickets in the final over, using a hard length and his pace to get past Bangladesh's lower order. The last four overs yielded just 23 runs, leaving Bangladesh well short of a total that could have challenged New Zealand.

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  •   Chaminda Wickremasuriya on May 19, 2017, 11:52 GMT

    Will Bangladesh win any match in Champions Trophy?

  • attilathecricketer on May 19, 2017, 10:44 GMT

    No mention of the poor organisation. Tens if not hundreds of fans left without seats for at least first innings, too few toilets, no cover for when it rained, one food stall, no card payment facilities and yet they charged 25 euros to get in. This spectator had flown from London to watch game and has bowel cancer and is on chemo and needs for there to be better provision. I have seen more facilities at county 2nd XI games this year. Bangladesh fans were great if a little inclined to cue jump and could acknowledge opposition success on occasion.

  • gazzac on May 19, 2017, 7:48 GMT

    As much as it probably hurts a lot of BD fans to adadmitmit, the team NZ put on the field against them, even with a number of top players missing, was better, specifically in these conditions. That's pretty much all there is to it...

  • JaggatJogia on May 19, 2017, 7:38 GMT

    @BENGALI-TIGER007 its not other teams hatred directed towards bd. But bangladesh fans commenting childishly against other team especially sc continent team mocking whenever they lose. Remember those teams have rich history of Cricket and you don't so instead of mocking them look at your trophy cabinet and int'l cricketing records. Your team is pretty average at best.

  • ESPCRICKET on May 19, 2017, 7:28 GMT

    Bangla Desh should play against Afghanistan and Ireland and they should reconsider their Group Ranking accordingly.The lowest two should be out of ICC till they get better.All three of these teams seems eual and they can beat each other on occasions but not always.

  • sohanpandey578 on May 19, 2017, 2:33 GMT

    TO ALL BANGLADESHI FANS who consider BAN in rising team

    Believe it or not But BAN is very weak outside home soil. WI were very unfortunate to be not playing in CT...... BAN should withdraw from CT

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on May 18, 2017, 14:50 GMT

    Wow, BD matches always attracts the attention of almost every fans from every country and that in its self is definitely CooL. Whenever BD wins, most of the haters start hiding and a few that just can't tolerate any BD success, they start saying that the win was fluke etc etc blah blah blah. Pak and SL fans are definitely the one's with the least cricketing knowledge. But one thing that is definitely guaranteed is that BD matches bring everyone together especially all the BD haters all under this one roof in Cricinfo Lol, Hahaha! Finally, pls BCB drop Sabbir and bring in Imrul so that Soumya can bat at 3. Shakib at 7 and Taskin in for Mash. Thanks!

  • India_minnow on May 18, 2017, 13:31 GMT

    Bangladesh are champions and will remain champions, they will come back hard tomorrow against Ireland and smash the kiwis on 24th. Please everyone take a screenshot of this comment. See you on the 24th.

  • JaggatJogia on May 18, 2017, 13:21 GMT

    Bangla Wash is coming in remaining two games and then in CT. Bangladesh will rightly get their ranking back which is no 1 from bottom up.

  •   FahimAhmed(BengaliBangladeshicricketfan) on May 18, 2017, 12:33 GMT

    Nasir should have been included in the team.

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