New Zealand won by 77 runs against lackluster Bangladesh

New Zealand won by 77 runs against lackluster Bangladesh

Latham and Munro powered the hosts to 341 for 7  and their bowlers successfully contained the Bangladeshi batsmen to hand their team a 1-0 lead in the three-game series. The result left Bangladesh with a lot of worries, from their fast bowlers’ lack of discipline to Mushfiqur Rahim retiring hurt with a potential hamstring injury.

The Kiwi skipper Williamson opted to bat first after winning the toss. Martin Guptill (15) was soon removed by Mustafizur Rahman, who made his return from injury. Williamson was next to go, making 31 before falling victim to Taskin Ahmed while Shakib Al Hasan put an end to Neil Broom (22) and James Neesham (12) in the space of four overs.

However, Latham kept the run wheel moving despite regular fall of wickets. He hit 137 off 121 balls thanks with seven fours and four sixes. He became prey of Mustafiz while the fiery innings of Munro gave him the perfect support to take the score past 300.

Munro smashed eight fours and four sixes in his 61-ball innings, adding 158 in the fifth wicket partnership.

Bangladesh bowling was very ordinary as Mustafizur, who joined back the team, after a long injury leave, could not do much today. He took 2 wickets but at the expense of 62 runs. Taskin and Shakib both was very expensive, though they got 5 wickets together. Shakib became the highest wicket taker of their innings when Munro fail to handle a wider delivery and deliver an easy catch to Taskin Ahmed. Mashrafe was very expensive too.