That match was also one morning in December. Bangladesh Sebar, who went to play an ODI series in New Zealand for the first time, lost the first two matches. Many of those who were still interested in the third match of the series were surprised to wake up and turn on the TV. Hey, where did the match go?
Forced to bat first in Queenstown, Bangladesh were bowled out for 93 runs. Brandon McCullum went on a murderous rampage in pursuit. McCullum’s 80 runs off 28 balls with 9 fours and 4 sixes. The two Kiwi openers went back to the dressing room after finishing the match in 6 overs.
This is how Shakib-Tamim-Mashrafid had to be ashamed on the last day of the year 2007. New Zealand got the opposite taste in Napier today. After losing the first two matches of the series, Bangladesh came to play in the third match. But this time Mushfiqur Rahim got a taste of something else.
The only witness to that match 16 years ago was dismissed for 0 runs that day. He didn’t have to come down today. Batting first, New Zealand were bowled out for 98 today. Bangladesh won by 9 wickets with 34.5 overs to chase.
New Zealand’s first ODI victory in the field, that too with such power. Its achievement is mainly due to two people. Tanjim Hasan Shakib and Shariful Islam got off to a great start with great conditions for pace bowling. Shakib picked up two wickets in the power play.
Then when the third wicket accumulated, Shariful came in the second spell and sent back Tom Latham first. He then sent back Will Young and Mark Chapman each within 5 runs. Losing 5 wickets for 63 runs, New Zealand’s hope of a respectable score was ended by Shakib, who was back on the attack.
When Shakib dismisses Tom Blundell, New Zealand are 70. Then Soumya came and completed New Zealand’s hundred with three wickets. The man of the match, however, was Shakib, who was pushed at the start.
Shakib, who got the new ball for the first time in the series, said that today’s conditions and wicket were the main factors, ‘very happy with his performance. The way it started was great for me. I had a lot of fun bowling. The ball was going in, the seam was going. This is what made the fate of the match for the team.’
Explaining what he did differently today, Shakib, who failed to make an impact in the last match, said, ‘I tried to bowl wicket to wicket, tried to keep the line length. The wicket did the rest, helped me a lot. It was a great wicket for the pace bowlers. I just told myself to keep the line length right, luckily I managed to do that.’