Bangladesh lost by 8 wickets to New Zealand on the first ODI of three-match series. Martin Guptill made 14th ODI century and won the man of the match title.
Bangladesh Inning on first ODI
Winning the toss, Bangladesh Captain Mashrafe Mortaza opted to bat first. Maybe the top-orders was not agreed to the captain. Losing two openers Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das by 19 runs Bangladesh was under pressure. Mushfiqur Rahim was bold on Trent Boult’s delivery. As Soumya Sarker scored 30 runs and surrendered to Matt Henry by 42 runs.
Losing 4 wickets by 42 runs Bangladesh got pressured then Mohammad Mithun and Mahmudullah made 29 runs. Though Mahmudullah got beaten to Lockie Ferguson and Sabbir Rahman also scored 13 runs but Mehidy Hasan companied him well. At 131 runs on the scoreboard, Mehidy Hasan scoring 26 runs from 27 balls with 3 fours and a six.
But Mohammad Saifuddin scored 41 runs with 58 balls with 3 fours, at the lower order and brought Bangladesh a “not bad” score. Mohammad Mithun scored 62 runs with 5 fours. Which mainly save them to pack before reaching 200. At 232 runs on the score, Bangladesh lost their last wicket and New Zealand got a target of 233 runs.
New Zealand perfect teamwork in the bowling attack. Each Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner picked 3 wickets and make it easier for the rests. Then Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson got the rests four wickets for New Zealand.
New Zealand Inning on the first ODI.
As a result of the match says about their performance. The opening partnership brought 103 runs. Though Henry Nichols bold on Mehidy Hasan’s delivery just celebrating his fifty. Henry Nichol’s 53 runs inning came from 80 balls with 5 fours. Then Kiwi captain Kane Williamson surrendered to Mahmudullah at the 137 runs on the scoreboard.
But that was the last success of the Bangladeshi bowlers. Another opener Martin Guptill picked his 14th ODI century and the man of the match title. His unbeatable inning of 117 runs came from 116 balls with 8 fours and 4 sixes. Ross Taylor scored 45 runs from 49 balls with 6 fours and companied him well.
Man of the match
Martine Guptill, “The most pleasing thing was how the guys restricted Bangladesh up front with the ball. Losing 4 wickets in the first 10 is really tough to come back from. It (his back) is going to be a bit stiff. It is nice to see the boys home. Sometimes yes, sometimes no (time off from cricket helps) it still didn’t feel fluent. At most parts, we talk to each other but he (Taylor) just lets me through as I bat longer.”
Therefore, Bangladesh lost by 8 wickets to New Zealand on the first ODI of three-match series in Napier. Hope Bangladesh will come back on the next matches in Christchurch on the 15th of February.