Bangladesh in New Zealand, 3 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Date & Time: 13 February 2019
RR: 5.23 | New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets
Done and dusted with the first ODI of this series. An easy win really for the home team. Now, the focus shifts to Christchurch for the next game and we look forward to your company on 16th February at 1100 local (2200 GMT, previous day). Until then, it's goodbye and cheers. You can now switch tabs to catch all the updates from the first Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka where the hosts are in an early spot of bother. Cheers!
New Zealand's skipper, Kane Williamson rates this as a very good performance. Says that the bowlers set the tone and then the batters did the job efficiently. Praises Guptill for his knock. Adds that there was marked improvement in their fielding from the last series and hopes to keep up with the good work. Mentions that they just want to execute their roles and it's important to back it up. He is expecting a big crowd in the next game and is not taking Bangladesh lightly as they can bounce back.
Bangladesh's skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza says that it was tough for them. Admits that they lost too many wickets early. Adds that they cannot make any excuses and they have to adjust to the conditions. Hopes to give their best in the coming matches. Emphasizes that batting is a concern and feels that they weren't too bad with the ball this evening.
Man of the Match, Martin Guptill says that their bowlers really did an amazing job to restrict Bangladesh. On his time away from cricket, he replies that sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not. Says that he's stiff at the moment but will be fine by morning. States that he is happy to get runs under the belt and on batting with Ross Taylor, Guptill smiles and says that he keeps talking to him.
Earlier in the day, the tourists lost their top 6 under 100 and in spite of a late recovery, managed only a below-par total. They would have hoped that their bowlers will make amends but that never really happened. A big loss for them in the series opener and now they will have to bounce back from this disappointing show to stay alive in the series.
A comprehensive win for the Black Caps. They never looked under any kind of pressure during the run chase and overhauled the target without any fuss. Martin Guptill stood there like a rock and stroked a fluent century and his opening partnership with Henry Nicholls set the early tone. Bangladesh's bowling, like their batting, was listless. They did manage to pick a couple of wickets in the middle overs but failed to create any hindrance in the home side's path to victory.
Soumya Sarkar to have a go now.
Mashrafe Mortaza returns into the attack as well. Only formalities left in this match now.
Bowling change. Mustafizur Rahman is back on.
Powerplay 3 time. The field restriction doesn't matter much now.
Mohammad Saifuddin back into the attack.
Rahim jumps in joy after collecting the ball down the leg side. He appeals but the umpire remains unmoved. The keeper is very sure and the DRS is taken.
Drinks. In spite of losing two wickets, New Zealand are well on track. Martin Guptill is approaching his century as he is holding one end tightly. Bangladesh have tried hard in the past hour but have failed to maintain consistent pressure. 77 runs more to play with. Let's see if there is any twist...
Slight halt in play. Mahmudullah is tightening the spikes of his shoes. Taking his own sweet time. No hurry. The umpire is watching him helplessly.
Mid off drops back.
Crucial spell, this. Mustafizur Rahman is brought back into the attack. 88 needed off 114 balls.
A slip comes in again for Ross Taylor. Bangladesh know that they can win this match only by picking wickets.
Ross Taylor walks in next. 4 less than a 100 is needed for a win off 127 balls. A slip is in place.
Shout for an lbw! Not given. That looks very close. Bangladesh are sure and take the DRS. Let's find out...
Mohammad Saifuddin is back into the attack.
Mahmudullah to bowl now.
Kane Williamson is the new batsman.
Drinks break. Slow going from the Kiwis and there is no real rush anyway. They are just keeping up with the required rate as both the openers are shying away from taking any unnecessary risks. Bangladesh's bowling hasn't looked threatening at all. Not sure from where the first breakthrough will come for them. 165 needed more. Seems like a one-way traffic from here unless something miraculous happens.
Another bowling change. Sabbir Rahman to bowl.
Spin time! Mehidy Hasan to roll his arm.
POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle, though one suspects Mashrafe will not take anyone out for now.
Mustafizur Rahman to bowl his first over.
Yippee! The sawdust is now finally being sprinkled at both ends.
A bit of a delay. Saifuddin is not happy with the landing area and wants some sawdust to be sprayed around. The problem is - the man who is in charge of the sawdust is not to be found. Okay... looks like the fourth umpire has found him. But now, the on-field umpire instructs the bowler to carry on and not hold off play.
Mohammad Saifuddin to bowl with the second new ball.
Welcome back for the run chase. Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls open for the Kiwis. Out come the Bangladesh players. Can they take a couple of quick wickets and make this interesting? Here is Mashrafe Mortaza.