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Bangladesh humiliated New Zealand by whitewashing them 3-0
Bangladesh completed a 3-0 series whitewash over New Zealand after registering a four-wicket win in the third ODI in Fatullah.
Despite a magnificent century by New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, Bangladesh cruised to their target of 308 behind outstanding knocks from opening batsman Shamsur Rahman and Naeem Islam.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to field first.
However, he would have been wondering whether he made the right choice as New Zealand’s opening pair of Anton Devcich and Tom Latham put together a 66-run partnership before Devcich was caught out off the bowling of Mahmudullah for 46.
Grant Elliott failed to make a major contribution with the bat as he was caught out off the bowling of Abdur Razzak for just three runs.
Just a few overs later, it was Latham who was on his way back to the pavilion as he was caught behind off the bowling of Rubel Hossain for 43.
With New Zealand having lost two quick wickets, Colin Munro and Taylor steadied the innings with an impressive 130-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries, before Munro was caught behind for 85 to become Mahmudullah’s second victim of the day.
Munro’s fantastic innings of 85 came off 77 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes.
Corey Anderson was dismissed the very next over as he was caught out off the bowling of Sohag Gazi for only one run.
Despite losing Munro and Anderson within the space of a couple of deliveries, Taylor continued to pile on the runs with Luke Ronchi as the pair recorded an unbeaten 75-run partnership to take New Zealand to 307 at the end of their 50 overs.
Taylor ended up scoring his eighth ODI century, while Ronchi remained undefeated on 13.
Taylor’s fabulous knock of 107 came off just 93 balls and included nine boundaries and three maximums.
Mahmudullah was the pick of Bangladesh’s bowlers with two wickets, while Hossain, Gazi and Razzak all chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 308 to complete a series whitewash, Bangladesh got off to a solid start as their opening pair of Shamshur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman registered a 61-run partnership before Ziaur Rahman was caught out off the bowling of Mitchell McClenaghan for 22.
Shamsur Rahman and Mominul Haque continued to build on Bangladesh’s brilliant start as they put together a 65-run partnership before Haque was out caught and bowled to Devcich for 32.
Rahim failed to do much damage with the bat as he could only amass two runs before being caught out off the bowling of Nathan McCullum.
Despite the loss of Rahim, Shamsur Rahman and Islam recorded a 75-run partnership before Rahman was caught behind off the bowling of Anderson just four agonising runs short of his maiden ODI century.
Rahman’s spectacular innings of 96 came off 107 balls and included seven boundaries and an incredible four sixes.
Islam and Nasir Hossain kept Bangladesh going in the right direction with a 50-run partnership until Islam was run out for 63 off 74 deliveries, which included five boundaries.
Nasir Hossain’s unbeaten 44 off 38 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, eventually helped Bangladesh get across the finish line with only four balls to spare.
McClenaghan was the most successful New Zealand bowler with two wickets, while Anderson, McCullum and Devcich all snapped up one wicket each.
Shamsur Rahman was named Man of the Match for his cracking 96, while Rahim picked up the Man of the Series award.