Dunedin, Feb 20 (UNI) Riding on Tim Southee's 65/6 bowling figure, New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by 88 runs in final One Day International (ODI) to seal the series by 3-0 here at University Oval on Wednesday.
Chasing a mammoth total of 331 runs, Bangladesh got off to a poor start as they lost their four wickets for 40 runs in 9.5 overs. Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin stitched together a partnership of 101 runs for the sixth wicket partnership, keeping the visitors in the chase.Trent Boult removed Saifuddin for 44 runs.
After that, the visitors kept losing their wickets at regular intervals and folded for 242 runs in 47.2 overs, giving the hosts a 3-0 victory just before World Cup. The visitors won the toss and put New Zealand to bat. The Kiwis got off to a bad start as Colin Munro was dismissed by Mashrafe Mortaza for 8 runs.
Henry Nicholls (64), Ross Taylor (69), Tom Latham (59 not out), chipped in with the bat, helping the hosts to get past 250 runs. Colin de Grandhomme (37 not out) and Mitchell Santner (16 not ) added 46 runs for the seventh wicket to take their team tally to 330 runs in stipulated 50 overs.
Mustafizur Rahman bagged two wickets for 93 runs in his 10 overs quota.
Tim Southee was declared a Man of the Match for his bowling performance and one run out to his name. While Martin Guptill was adjudged Man of the series.
During the match, the right-hand batsman Ross Taylor (64) added another feather to his cap as he surpassed former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming’s One Day International's (ODI) tally of 8,007 runs to become the highest run-getter for his country. The series victory took New Zealand to No 3 in the ICC ODI Team Rankings. (UNI)