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New Zealand opener Martin Guptill smashed an unbeaten 117 to lead his side to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first ODI in Napier.
Opting to bat first, Bangladesh got off to a terrible start as opener Tamim Iqbal was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult on the eighth ball of the match for five runs.
Liton Das, who opened the batting with Tamim, only made one run before he was clean bowled by Matt Henry.
Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t fare much better as he was cleaned up by Boult for five runs.
Soumya Sarkar made a quickfire 30 before he was caught and bowled by Henry, while Mahmudullah was sent packing by Lockie Ferguson for 13.
Sabbir Rahman also scored 13 before he was stumped by Tom Latham off the bowling of Mitchell Santner.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz mustered 26 runs before he was caught by James Neesham at short fine leg off the bowling of Santner.
With Bangladesh reeling at 131/7, Mohammad Mithun and Mohammad Saifuddin amassed an 84-run partnership before Saifuddin was dismissed by Santner for 41.
Mithun went on to score 62, which came off 90 balls and included five boundaries, before he was cleaned up by Ferguson.
Bangladesh ended up being bowled out for 232 when Mustafizur Rahman was clean bowled by Boult for a duck.
Boult and Santner picked up three wickets apiece, while Ferguson and Henry chipped in with two wickets each.
Chasing 233 to win, New Zealand got off to a fantastic start as Guptill and Henry Nicholls put together a 103-run stand, during which Nicholls brought up his half-century, before he was cleaned up by Mehidy for 53, which came off 80 balls and included five boundaries.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson failed to have much of an impact as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Mahmudullah for 11.
That was to be Bangladesh’s last taste of success as Guptill and Ross Taylor finished things off with an unbeaten 96-run partnership.
Guptill went on to make 117, which came off 116 balls and included eight boundaries and four sixes, while Taylor remained undefeated on 45, which came off 49 deliveries and included six boundaries.
Mehidy and Mahmudullah claimed one wicket each.
Guptill was named Man of the Match.