Bangladesh in New Zealand, 3 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Date & Time: 16 February 2019
RR: 6.33 | New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets
That's all that we have from Christchurch. This game and the series so far has been a beating of sorts for the visitors. Can they come back hard in the final game and pick up a consolation win, helping them to take some momentum to the Tests? Join us for that match which will take place at University Oval in Dunedin on the 20th of February. It will begin at 1100 local (2200 GMT, previous night). See ya! Cheers.
Kane Williamson, the winning captain is happy about the clinical performance and about the way his boys are performing their given roles. He agrees that there was some help for them from the overhead conditions. He says that post the difficult series against India, it was important for them to come back and play better cricket. Reckons that partnerships are important in ODIs and is happy that his batsmen have put in a batting performance that is worthy of applause. Regarding his own form, Kane is humble and feels that he just did his job and mentions it was nice to spend some time in the middle. On this game being his last ODI before the World Cup, the NZ skipper who has been rested for the final match says that he will be following up with the team in Dunedin and it is not a long break before the Test matches against Bangladesh begin.
Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, says it was difficult to bat in the morning and it got easier as the game progressed. Mentions the top order needs to step up but there are not many but surely some positives going forward. Admits they need to play more as a team. Reckons they need to build partnerships and score something around 270.
Martin Guptill, the Man of the Match feels that this was a much better hundred than the previous match, reckons this pitch was an easier one to bat on. He says that he does not look at the records and milestones and they come along the way. On a more jovial note, when asked if he has had a word with his mate, Ross Taylor regarding making and breaking records, Guptill smiles and says that he hasn't as yet but he surely will.
The lesser said about the visitors' bowling, the better. They looked toothless and barring the early wicket of Henry Nicholls which was a bad shot as well, they did not have any happiness. Yes, they did get Guptill but only after he scored 118. By that time, the bowlers were beaten to pulp and all the shoulders of the fielders had dropped. Thus, the series has been decided with a game to go. When the Bangladesh team came here, they did have some hopes of competing despite the loss of Shakib al Hasan but the way both the matches have gone certainly say a different story. A professional bowling performance, followed by clinical chases in both games. New Zealand have not broken a sweat and are 2-0 up in the 3-match series with a game to go. Presentation to follow...
It has been a stroll in the park, this. Nothing but that. One man, Martin Guptill just smashed the Bangladesh bowlers all around the ground and made his second hundred of the series. And if you do that while chasing a total of 227, you more or less ensure your team's win. Add to it, a supportive innings from his skipper, Kane Williamson who made a half-ton of his own. The other opener failed but the 143-run stand between Guptill and Kane meant that the only other batsman who came to bat when the right-handed opener fell had not much to do.
Mehidy Hasan is back into the attack now.
DRINKS! Mere formalities left now in this game. Martin Guptill has departed for a well-made 118 but not before putting his side just around victory's corner. Ross Taylor has joined forces with Williamson in the middle and will look to polish off the 27 runs required. Can Bangladesh get 1 more wicket? Sabbir Rahman to bowl now, post the Drinks break.
Ross Taylor is the new man in.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back into the attack.
Mahmudullah is on now.
Mehidy Hasan is back on.
Soumya Sarkar to bowl now.
Sabbir Rahman is into the attack now.
DRINKS! It has been a great passage of play for New Zealand. The hosts have lost only one wicket and that of Henry Nicholls. Guptill is in dangerous form and is all set for a hundred. On the other hand, Bangladesh bowlers have been smashed all round the park. They need quick wickets to put pressure on the hosts.
A strange review for caught behind by Bangladesh. Only the bowler and the close-in fielders were seen appealing. The keeper was not interested at all. Guptill too does not look worried.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back on.
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.
Kane Williamson is the new batsman in.
Mustafizur Rahman is into the attack.
Mehidy Hasan is into the attack, after just one over for Saifuddin.
Mohammad Saifuddin will bowl with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase. A dominant display from the Kiwis with the ball and now their openers, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls can take some time to get their eyes in. Bangladesh will look for early wickets and it will be up to the new ball bowlers to do that for them. Mashrafe Mortaza, their skipper will be one of them as he marks his run up to bowl the first over.