New Zealand vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI: Williamson, Broom annihilate Bangladesh to complete 3-0 whitewash

New Zealand pose with the trophy after whitewashing Bangladesh 3-0

New Zealand pose with the trophy after whitewashing Bangladesh 3-0

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and batsman Neil Broom scored 95 not out and 97 respectively to not only beat Bangladesh by eight wickets, but also secure a 3-0 series whitewash.

Opting to bat first, Bangladesh got off to a fantastic start as Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes amassed a 102-run partnership before Kayes, who made 44, was the victim of a superb catch by Broom off the bowling of Mitchell Santner.

New Zealand continued to claw their way back into the game as Sabbir Rahman was caught behind off the bowling of Matt Henry for 19, while Mahmudullah fell to Tim Southee for just three runs.

Things went from bad to worse for the tourists as Iqbal was caught by Broom off the bowling of James Neesham for 59, which came off 88 balls and included five boundaries.

Iqbal scored his 34th ODI fifty

Iqbal scored his 34th ODI fifty

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Shakib Al Hasan failed to have a major impact with the bat as he was run out by New Zealand wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi for 18.

Bangladesh’s slide continued as Mosaddek Hossain was trapped lbw off the bowling of Jeetan Patel, who, prior to this match, had not played in an ODI since October 2009.

Tanbir Hayder was on his way back to the pavilion shortly after, but wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza began to rebuild the innings before Mortaza was sent packing by Santner.

Thanks to Nurul going on to make a quickfire 44, Bangladesh finished on 236/9 off their 50 overs.

Henry and Santner picked up two wickets apiece, while Southee, Patel, Neesham and Williamson chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 237 to win, New Zealand lost opener Tom Latham for four runs before Martin Guptill was forced to retire hurt on six runs after injuring his hamstring.

Bangladesh did not have any more success for a lengthy period of time as Williamson and Broom took the game away from them with a spectacular 179-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

With New Zealand in cruise control and both Williamson and Broom nearing their hundreds, Bangladesh finally got the breakthrough they had been looking for as Broom was dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman just three runs short of, what would have been, his second ODI hundred in a row.

Broom, who made his maiden century in the second ODI on Thursday, smashed 97 off 97 balls, which included 12 boundaries and a six.

Broom fell agonisingly short of his second ODI hundred

Broom fell agonisingly short of his second ODI hundred

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Despite Broom’s dismissal, Williamson and Neesham finished things off to complete the series whitewash.

Williamson finished on 95 not out, which came off 116 balls and included nine boundaries and a six, while Neesham remained undefeated on 28 off 23 deliveries, which included three boundaries and a six.

Williamson was named Man of the Match for his knock of 95 not out

Williamson was named Man of the Match for his knock of 95 not out

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Mustafizur was the only bowler to take any wickets.

Mortaza was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “We had our opportunities, but couldn’t fire together as a team. After five years we’re playing here. It’s difficult to adjust, but yes, we are improving. There’s still a long way to go in this tour. We’ll come back strong.”

Williamson, who was named Man of the Match, was thrilled to have whitewashed Bangladesh, and said: “The positive is we improved in every game. Credit to Bangladesh for fighting in conditions they aren’t entirely used to. The way the seamers adjusted their lengths was very, very good, in addition to how Jeets and Santner bowled. Neil Broom adjusted superbly on two different surfaces, he’s a very, very good player.

“Going to the subcontinent is tough, coming back here, you can try hard to get results. It’s nice to get a series win. I’m always working to improve, it’s nice to contribute to the team’s win today.”

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