MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand won by eight wickets against Bangladesh in the first ODI in Napier on Wednesday. The Kiwis started their three-match series against Tigers with a comprehensive victory chasing 233 runs with 33 balls to spare.
The second ODI is a day match scheduled for Saturday.
After Trent Boult led the home side with early wickets that derailed the visitors, Guptill ensured the modest chase didn’t see any hiccups.
It was how Boult and Matt Henry bowled in the first 10 overs that nearly decided the outcome. They took the first four wickets before Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner provided support with five wickets between them. Boult added a third in the 49th over to close out the Bangladesh innings.
A Bangladesh record eighth-wicket stand, worth 84 runs, between Mohammad Mithun and Mohammad Saifuddin lifted Bangladesh from 131 for 7 in the 29th over. Mithun steered them with 62 off 90 balls, that featured five fours, and Saifuddin scored 41 off 58 balls with three fours. Theirs was a far more selective approach than the one allowed by Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
The procession of poor shots followed the dismissals of Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das who were defeated by good movement and pace. But Soumya, after hitting five fours and a six in his first 21 balls, needlessly top-edged Henry two deliveries after Mushfiqur had chopped on a Boult delivery that held its off-stump line.
Mahmudullah was caught at slip as he kept looking for boundaries during his short stay. Sabbir lost his balance while trying to sweep Santner, only to be smartly stumped by Tom Latham while Mehidy, who had also started well with three fours and a six, top-edged trying to sweep Santner.
Mithun and Saifuddin hardly took risks to strike five boundaries between them in 15.4 overs, although they maintained a healthy run rate of 5.30. Both got out trying to slog towards the end, but only after taking Bangladesh towards a decent score.
Guptill and Nicholls started off relatively slowly as they hit just three fours and a six in the first Powerplay to put on 42 on the board. Mushfiqur dropped Guptill, on 47, off Mehidy in the 21st over as the umpire didn’t give a wide to the delivery that went down the leg side and HotSpot replays later showed a faint mark on the bat.