Themorningbellbd.com desk, May 24: Bangladesh tasted their maiden away win against New Zealand beating them by five wickets in the 6th and last match of the Tri-nation Series at Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin on Wednesday.
Bangladesh chased down a target of 271 for the loss of 5 wickets in 48.2 overs where Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad sharing an unbeaten 68-run partnership in 9.5 overs in the 6th wicket stand to do the job after Tamim Iqbal and young batter Sabbir Rahman’s stand of 136 in 26.3 overs for the 2nd wicket pair.
Mahmudullah Riyad fired a boundary to the mid-wicket to cross the winning line off a short ball delivery by Hamish Bennett. Mahmudullah and man of the match Mushfiqur started from 199/5 in 38.2 overs and played till the end.
Mahmudullah quick fired 46 off 36 balls, including six boundaries and one 6, while Mushfiqur played run-a-ball 45 with three boundaries and one 6.
Tamim and Sabbir started their 2nd pair composures after the dismal departure of top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar from opening stand for a duck at 7/1, and recovered the early loss carrying the team total to 143/1 in 27 overs before Tamim holed out.
Opener Tamim Iqbal started his show hammering a 6 in the very first ball of the innings and stayed for 65 off 80 balls, including six boundaries as well, before being caught by Hamish Bennett at long-on area off Mitchell Santner bowling to depart from 2nd wicket stand.
Playing three more balls than Tamim, Sabbir also played an innings of 65 runs, including nine boundaries.
Soon after the departure of Sabbir, Mosaddek (10 off 13b; 2×4) fell lbw to Jeetan Patel at 160/4 in 29.4 overs. Shakib Al Hasan(19 off 32b; 2×4) was another scorer for Bangladesh.
Soumya was caught by Corey Anderson at backward point off Jeetan Patel 3rd ball of the innings very 1st over.
Jeetan Patel bagged two wickets for 55 runs in 10 overs. Hamish Bennett and Mitchell Santner took one wicket each for 47 and 53 runs in 9.2 and 10 overs.
Earlier, sent in to bat first in the 6th and last match of the series, New Zealand scored 270 for 8 in 50 overs spurred by the 2nd wicket stand of 133 runs in 24.3 overs between skipper Tom Latham and Neil Broom.
Nasir Hossain broke the strong 2nd pair dismissing Neil Broom who was caught by Mashrafe Bin Moratza at 156/2 in 28.1 overs.
Top-scorer Tom Latham who was adjudged player of the series, played an innings of 84 off 92 balls, featuring 11 boundaries, before being bowled out by Nasir at 167/3 in 30.1 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan and Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza shared New Zealand’s latter four wickets — Corry Anderson (24 off 32b; 3×4), James Neesham (6), Mitchell Santner (0) and Colin Munro (1) — conceding 18 runs off 27 balls, from 208/4 in 38.4 overs to 226/7 in 43.1 overs.
Number-4 batsman Ross Taylor played an unbeaten innings of 60 off 56 balls, including six boundaries, while Neil Broom (63 off 76b; 7×4) stayed for a half century to be another notable scorer for the side.
The New Zealand’s innings witnessed 27 boundaries, but not any over boundary from their batters.
Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman made the first breakthrough for Bangladesh dismissing Luke Ronchi when New Zealand collected 23 runs in 3.4 overs. Ronchi (2) was caught by Shakib Al Hasan off Mostafiz’s 3rd ball of his 2nd over.
In the very 3rd ball of the innings Nasir Hossain spoiled an opportunity to depart Zew Zealand skipper Tom Latham, dropping a simple catch in the square leg area off Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s bowling.
Shakib, Nasir and Mashrafe bagged two wickets each for 41, 47 and 52 runs in 8, 9 and 10 overs respectively. Delivering 10 overs each, Mustafizur and Rubel Hossain took one wicket apiece for 46 and 56 runs.
Despite the day’s loss, New Zealand clinched the series as they won their first three matches in a row — two against hosts Ireland and one against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh shared the match points with Ireland in the tournament opener which was called-off due to rain, then suffered a 4-wicket loss against New Zealand and bounced back in the series with an 8-wicket win against Ireland.
Including the match, Bangladesh played 30 ODIs against New Zealand for nine wins, since 1990.
The match is treated as a dead rubber for the series, but Bangladesh benefited raising their ODI rank to 6th pushing down Sri Lanka in the 7th slot ahead of the move to the next month’s ICC Champions Trophy in England.
The Tigers are scheduled to leave Dublin for England on Thursday (May 15). They will face Pakistan and India on May 27 and 30 in the warm up matches ahead of their Group A campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy.
Bangladesh will face host England in the Champions Trophy opener at Kennington Oval in London on June 1.