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Bangladesh secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series
Bangladesh breezed past New Zealand by 40 runs in the second ODI in Mirpur to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal scored a magnificent half-century for Bangladesh, while pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza and spinner Sohag Gazi took three wickets apiece.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to bat first.
Shamsur Rahman made his ODI debut as he replaced Anamul Haque, while New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, who flew home with a fractured thumb, and pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan were replaced by Tom Latham and Kyle Mills.
Rahim’s decision to bat first paid off as Bangladesh’s opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Rahman put together a 63-run partnership before Rahman was stumped by Latham for 25.
Mominul Haque managed to score 31 runs before he was caught out off the bowling of Corey Anderson.
Iqbal registered his half-century, but failed to convert it into a bigger score as he was clean bowled by Anderson for 58 off 86 balls, which included five boundaries and a six.
Following Iqbal’s dismissal, Bangladesh’s middle order completely collapsed as they went from 136/3 to 173/6.
Mahmudullah amassed 21 runs and Gazi smashed 26 runs as Bangladesh went on to score 247 before being bowled out with one over to spare.
Anderson and James Neesham both picked up four wickets apiece, while Mills and Nathan McCullum chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 248 to tie the series 1-1, New Zealand got off to a shoddy start as opening batsman Hamish Rutherford was clean bowled by Mortaza for just one run.
Rutherford’s opening partner, Anton Devcich managed to score 19 runs before he was out caught and bowled to Gazi.
Grant Elliott was on his way back to the pavilion the very next delivery as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Abdur Razzak.
A 61-run partnership between Anderson and Ross Taylor soon stabilised the innings until Anderson was caught behind off the bowling of Mortaza.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and Latham were dismissed just two balls apart as the Blacks Caps found themselves in deep trouble at 131/6.
Despite a valiant 25 from Nathan McCullum and 27 from Mills, New Zealand were bowled out for 207, leaving them 40 runs short of their target.
Mortaza and Gazi were the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with three wickets apiece, while Haque snapped up two and Razzak chipped in with one.
Brendon McCullum was disappointed with his team’s batting performance, but nonetheless congratulated Bangladesh on a job well done.
“We gave ourselves a real opportunity to chase the total down, but credit to Bangladesh that they played better cricket than us,” he said. “We are having a rough time as a unit. Congratulations to Bangladesh.”
Rahim was ecstatic to have won the series and praised Iqbal for his stellar knock.
“We were 20 runs short on this track,” he admitted. “We needed a good opening partnership. It wasn’t an easy track to bat on. Tamim deserves all the credit for staying there.”
Gazi was named Man of the Match for his all-round performance.