Bangladesh created history by defeating them for the first time in an ODI on New Zealand soil. The margin of victory of 9 wickets can be understood, how strong Bangladesh has shown in this match. When Bangladesh won, there were still 209 balls left in the innings.
Of course, it would have been surprising if the margin of victory had not been such. Batting first in the third and last ODI of the series, the hosts were bowled out for just 98 runs.
Batting first, New Zealand scored 239 runs in just 30 overs in the rain-hit first match of the series. In the next match Bangladesh scored 291 runs with 22 balls in hand. Bangladesh captain Nazmul Hasan Shanto invited the Kiwis who are in such great form to bat before winning the toss in the third match.
The captain took the fielding first as the conditions were pace friendly today. However, Shantar did not even think that New Zealand would collapse before one season, ‘I never thought like this (98 all out). While we bowled well today for long periods, the wickets were coming automatically. I never had the hope that I would bowl them out for 100 or 98 runs.
Even though there was no thought of going all out with so few runs, Bangladesh came out with adequate preparation to play well. The plan for the bowlers was to bowl as well as possible. The matter came up in the captain’s words, ‘But what was the plan, how long can we bowl in good places. That’s what the bowlers did. I made a comeback after losing the previous two matches, I feel very proud.’
Shantar should be proud. Shantar Bangladesh has done what no one could do before. Bangladesh have played 18 ODIs against them on New Zealand soil so far. Before today’s match, New Zealand batted first in 7 overs. Bangladesh managed to bowl out the hosts only once. In 2016, Bangladesh bowled out New Zealand by 251 runs under Mashrafe. The hosts won by 67 runs in that match as well.
Finally a first ODI win on New Zealand soil. That too put New Zealand down by one hundred all out. Shant can be proud as a captain.