The thumbing win over New Zealand, boosts Bangladesh ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy tournament. The victory on Wednesday, was the first away win for Bangladesh against New Zealand and it came on a right time.

Both the teams involved in Ireland ODI Tri-series as a preparation for the big ICC event of the year. After winning all three matches, New Zealand looked the favorite before the last ODI on Wednesday. But, Bangladeshis turned the table with their impressive all round performances and beat New Zealand by 5 wickets.

It was a much important game for both the teams, as they looked to increase their confidence level by winning the competition just a week ahead of Champions Trophy. After winning the toss, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza decided to bowl first.

New Zealand started the innings with their captain Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi. Latham, once again played a deep innings for his team, meanwhile Luke Ronchi was dismissed for just 2 runs. The other in-form batsman in the group, Neil Broom joined his captain and both of those batters built an momentum for Kiwis. The two of them put up a 133 runs stand for the second wicket and both Latham and Broom scored their respective half-centuries. Nasir Hossain gave a break through for his team by removing Neil Broom for 63 runs. After scoring well made 84 runs, Captain Latham also followed in the next over of Nasir Hossain.

After those dismissal of two set batsmen, Bangladesh bowlers found a way to control the opposition and they done it well in 30-40 overs. Corey Anderson who lost his power hitting and quick scoring habit in recent times, batted at strike rate of 75 and managed to score only 24 runs in 32 balls. The middle-order collapsed hurts the Kiwis, All rounder James Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Colin Munro all were dismissed in quick successions and left the team for 226/7 in 43.1 overs.

Power hitting all rounder James Neesham had a tough series with both bat and bowl and that continued on this game too. He managed to score only 6 runs and Santner walked back to the pavilion without score a run. Colin Munro who scored 44 runs in 15 balls against Ireland, dismissed for just 1 run on Wednesday. While wickets tumbling at one end, the most experienced batsman in the squad, Ross Taylor played a very good knock for his team once again. He stood unbeaten with 60 runs off 56 balls with 6 fours. In the end, New Zealand put up a total of 270 for the loss of 8 wickets.

Bangladesh skipper Mortaza, Shakib al Hasan and Nasir Hossain shared 2 wickets each and all three of them bowled at just over 5 runs per over. The major wicket-taking bowler of Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman bowled well once again and picked a wicket of Ronchi in his 2nd over.

With 271 runs target ahead, Bangladesh resumed their batting innings with Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar. Both the openers were in good form in the series, but in this game New Zealand’s off-spinner Jeetan Patel shocked Bangladesh fans by removing Soumya Sarkar for 0 runs. Sarkar was dismissed on the very first ball that he faced.

With that early loss, Bangladesh sent in Sabbir Rahman. Tamim and Sabbir built a good partnership for the second wicket. Both of them played a natural game and put up 136 runs for the second wicket. Both Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman were dismissed for 65 runs each. Tamim was the first man to walked back the pavilion for the score of 65 runs in 80 balls with 6 fours and a six.

Bangladesh lost second wicket in quick succession as Sabbir also walked back for 65 runs in 83 balls. He managed to hit 9 fours in his 65. Bangladesh management sent in Mosaddek Hossain ahead of Mushfiqur and Shakib. Mosaddek was also in good form in this tri-series, but he just managed to score 10 runs only for his team. Jeetan Patel removed Mosaddek and that was his second wicket in the innings.

After those 3 wickets in middle of the innings, experienced Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan joined together for the fifth wicket. They managed to add 39 runs for the 5th wicket in almost 9 overs. Shakib’s average form with the bat continued and he dismissed for 19 runs off 32 balls. The pressure was back on Bangladesh as they required 72 more runs to win in 11.4 overs.

The good news for Bangladesh on that time was their consistent and inform batsman of the series, Mahmudullah arrived the middle and put up a nice stand with Rahim. Both of them played a sensible knocks and took a team home by chasing down the target of 271 runs in 48.4 overs. Mahmudullah has played an another great knock for Bangladesh as he scored unbeaten 46 runs in 36 balls with 6 fours and a six. Rahim stayed with 45 not out off 45 balls. It was a huge win for Bangladesh and especially ahead of big Champions Trophy tournament.

It was a great day for Bangladesh and it’s fans, they not only won the game, they also moved up in the ICC ODI rankings and reached 6th place in the rankings. Sixth in the ICC ODI ranking is the big achievement for the Bangladesh team and this is the first time ever they reached the spot in their ODI history.

Overall, it was a memorable day for Bangladesh Cricket and now there won’t be much surprises, if they defeats the big teams in the Champions Trophy!



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