Tom Latham scored an unbeaten century to guide New Zealand to a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second ODI at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch today.
The New Zealand skipper remained not out on 110 off 108 deliveries — his fifth century in ODIs — as the hosts chased down 272 in 48.2 overs.
The win sealed series victory for the Kiwis with a game in hand and extended their home streak over Bangladesh across formats to 28-0.
Latham had a reprieve on 58 when he was dropped by Mahedi Hasan off his own bowling. James Neesham, who added 30, had a reprieve, too, in the previous over as wretched fielding effort stiffled any chance of a Bangladesh victory created by a decent batting effort and a few quick Kiwi wickets early in the chase.
Two wickets in Mahedi Hasan’s first two overs had got New Zealand under tremendous pressure.
The young off-spinner got Henry Nicholls and Will Young in consecutive overs as the hosts reached for 74 three after 16 overs, chasing 272. Mustafizur Rahman had got the opening scalp of Martin Guptill.
Earlier, Skipper Tamim Iqbal brought up his 50th half-century and Mohammad Mithun his best score in ODIs as Bangladesh converted a slow start to pile up 271 for six in the second ODI against New Zealand at the Hagley Oval on Tuesday.
Bangladesh had lost the first match by eight wickets after being bowled out for 131 in the first match of the three-match series in Dunedin on Saturday.
Tamim, who scored 78 off 108, was run out by James Neesham as Bangladesh looked to kick on from a slow-yet-steady platform laid down by the skipper with Soumya Sarkar. Soumya was earlier stumped off Mitchell Santner for a 46-ball 32.
Liton Das was the first to go without troubling the scorers.
Mushfiqur Rahim scored 34 off 59 deliveries while Mahmudullah played 18 deliveries for 16.
Tamim’s 78 made him the first Bangladesh batsman to score 50 half-centuries in ODI cricket. The left-hander also has 13 centuries to his name.
While Tamim’s innings gave Bangladesh the platform to go for a big total, it was Mithun’s street-smart cricket which helped them achieve the big total. The right-hander remained unbeaten on 73 off 57 deliveries, striking at 128 while most the batsmen struggled with their strike rates.
Toss: Bangladesh were sent in to bat by New Zealand. New Zealand skipper Tom Latham won the toss for the second time in succession and had no hestitation sending the visitors to bat.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 131 runs in the first ODI in Dunedin on Saturday, which was chased down in 21.2 overs by the hosts.
The Black Caps did not alter their winning combination. However, Bangladesh had a change, with all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin replacing pacer Hasan Mahmud.
The change was expected even though Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal, at the toss, said it was a forced one after Mahmud picked up an injury.
New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Henry Nicholls, 3 Devon Conway, 4 Will Young, 5 Tom Latham (capt & wk), 6 James Neesham, 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Kyle Jamieson, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Trent Boult
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Liton Das, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Mohammad Saifuddin