Bangladesh demonstrated yet another batting failure to be thrashed by eight wickets in the second one-day international against New Zealand, going down by 0-2 in the three-match series at Christchurch on Saturday.
Mohammad Mithun struck his second fifty of the series, 57 off 69 balls while Sabbir Rahman added 43 off 65 balls but they could take Bangladesh nothing but an inadequate 226 runs before they were all out in 49.4 overs.
Martin Guptill’s successive hundred in the series and skipper Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 65 confirmed a repeat of first match’s result in Napier as New Zealand cruised to 229-2 in 36.1 overs to seal the series.
Guptill followed his 117 runs in the first match with 118 off 88 balls – his 16th hundred in ODI that ruined any unlikely chance Bangladesh had to end their barren run against New Zealand in New Zealand.
Sent into bat first in an overcast condition Hagley Oval, Bangladesh began circumspectly after their poor start in the previous match when they lost four wickets for 42 runs inside batting power play.
They lost a wicket in the first positive stroke of the day as Liton Das’s attempt of playing Trent Boult over the top ended up as a catch to Lockie Ferguson at mid-on.
Tamim Iqbal never looked comfortable at the crease as he had to struggle all the way through his innings before Matt Henry trapped him plumb in front to end his painstaking innings of five off 28 balls.
The first 10 overs yielded just three boundaries for Bangladesh, a pull by Soumya Sarkar off Boult, an edge through slip cordon and four leg-byes.
Soumya, however, could survive little giving a catch to Ross Taylor off de Grandhomme at slip after making 22 off 23 balls.
Bangladesh had Taylor to thank for dropping Mushfiqur Rahim and Mithun soon at slip which could have triggered further collapse.
Playing his 200th match, Mushfiq, who survived on 11, could not make use of life as he dragged an innocuous delivery of Ferguson onto his stumps after making 24.
Mahmudllah also fell to Astle, who replaced Mitchell Santner, but Mithun kept the scoreboard ticking and completed his fourth ODI fifty in style with a six off Astle.
Astle later bowled him to end the right-hander’s 75-run partnership with Sabbir.
Sabbir was reprieved on 30 after being given leg-before initially while Henry Nicholls dropped
Mehedy on 13 off Matt Henry but luck soon deserted Bangladesh as they lost few quick wickets to be held to 206-8.
Sabbir fell to Ferguson after James Neesham dismissed Mehedi for 16 to kill off Bangladesh’s chance of putting a competitive score.
Mustafizur Rahman dismissed Nicholls for 14 to break his 45-run opening stand with Guptill but a 143-run for the second wicket between Guptill and Williamson ended Bangladesh’s all excitement.
By the time Mustafiz removed Guptill to end his 88-ball onslaught featuring 14 fours and four sixes, New Zealand were well on course to a crushing victory.
New Zealand v Bangladesh
Tamim lbw Henry 5
Liton c Ferguson b Boult 1
Soumya c Taylor b de Grandhomme 22
Mushfiq b Ferguson 24
Mithun b Astle 57
Mahmudullah c Latham b Astle7
Sabbir c Neesham b Ferguson43
Mehedi c Nicholls b Neesham 16
Saifuddin b Ferguson10
Mashrafee c Boult b Neesham13
Mustafiz not out 5
Extras: (lb 6, wd 17) 23
Total: (all out; 49.4 overs)226
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Liton), 2-16 (Tamim), 3-48 (Soumya), 4-81 (Mushfiq), 5-93 (Mahmudullah), 6-168 (Mithun), 7-190 (Mehedi), 8-206 (Sabbir), 9-211 (Saifuddin), 10-226 (Mashrafee)
Henry 10 2 30 1
Boult 10 1 49 1
De Grandhomme 4 0 25 1
Ferguson 10 0 43 3
Astle 10 0 52 2
Neesham 5.4 0 21 2
New Zealand innings
M Guptill c Das b Mustafiz118
H Nicholls c Das b Mustafiz14
K Williamson not out65
R Taylor not out21
Extras: (b 1, wd 10)11
Total: (for 2 wickets; 36.1 overs) 229
Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Nicholls), 2-188 (Guptill)
Mashrafee 6 0 37 0
Saifuddin 6 0 44 0
Mehedi 7.1 0 42 0
Mustafiz 9 0 42 2
Sabbir 4 0 28 0
Soumya 1 0 10 0
Mahmudullah 3 0 25 0
Toss: New Zealand
Result: New Zealand won by 8 wickets
Man of the match: Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Series: New Zealand lead 2-0
Source: New Age.