A target of 292 runs. At the beginning of the innings, therefore, the commentators were discussing the possibility of creating history. Can Bangladesh win the first ODI against the hosts in New Zealand? But New Zealand won easily on Nelson’s batting wicket. The host team, who played the series with almost the second XI, won the series one match earlier in the victory with 22 balls and 7 wickets in hand.
Soumya Sarkar became the man of the match with an innings of 169 runs off 151 balls. The criticized opener almost single-handedly brought Bangladesh to the three-hundred mark. But no one could show this fight in bowling.
The bowlers did not get any advantage on batting-friendly wickets. No excessive seam movement or swing was observed. Keeping the line length is important on such wickets. But the three pacers of Bangladesh could not do that. Shariful, Hasan Mahmood and Tanjim Shakib made it easy for the New Zealand openers by bowling short lengths.
New Zealand scored 61 runs in the powerplay without taking any risks. Bangladesh lost 3 wickets while scoring 44 runs. Bangladesh scored 291 runs from this situation. Bangladesh’s pacers have made New Zealand’s job so easy.
Rachin Ravindra returned to pool Hasan Mahmud after the power play. Despite losing the first wicket for 76 runs, New Zealand’s run rate did not slow down. Bangladesh had to wait for about 22 overs to break the second wicket pair.
Will Young caught Hasan in the wrong timing while hitting Hasan Mahmud. But before Young’s return to 89 off 94 balls, New Zealand’s runs crossed two hundred.
Earlier in the day, the coach spoke a lot about the importance of all-rounder Soumya to the journalists. But because of scoring 169 runs with the bat or batting full 50 overs or because there was no question of having a place in the team, Soumya did not bowl anymore today. But like the first ODI, Bangladesh is still suffering from a bowler crisis. Mehdi Hasan Miraj held Henry Nicholls at one end. But there was no one at the other end to take advantage of it.
The main three pacers failed. Debutant Rishad Hasan hit a six on the first ball, but at least today he couldn’t argue in favor of taking him into the team with the ball. The captain bowled calmly without seeing the way out. But his bowling is not so much about breaking through, but more about trying to extend New Zealand’s wait for victory.
Nicholls, on 95, was out as was Ravindra while pulling. New Zealand then needed 32 runs to win, with 56 balls remaining. Two Toms – Latham and Blundell returned to duty with ease.