Left-arm pacer Trent Boult’s four-for helped New Zealand bundle out Bangladesh for just a meagre 131 in their first ODI at the University Oval in Dunedin today as the Tigers stare at their 27th straight international loss across formats against the Kiwis in their backyard.
After electing to bowl, pacers Boult, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson and James Neesham made use of the overcast conditions perfectly to their advantage right from the word go as they startled the Bangladesh batsmen constantly with pace and bounce that the pitch had on offer.
Boult struck twice in the fifth over, removing both Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar in that over. The world’s number one ODI bowler had Tamim set up perfectly for a leg-before as the left-arm pacer had the ball go straight on with the angle and onto Tamim’s pads after having a few previous deliveries move away from the Bangladesh skipper. Soumya’s was more of a soft dismissal as he was caught at cover after trying to slash at an upward rising delivery that had very little room to maneuver a shot like that.
Liton Das (19 off 36), Mushfiqur Rahim (23 off 49), Mahmudullah Riyad (27 off 54) all failed to convert their starts to anything meaningful, succumbing to the formidable Kiwi pace attack.
Even on this bleak day for Bangladesh batsmen, debutant Mahedi Hasan had his moment to relish when the all-rounder opened his account by going down the track and smashing Mitchell Santner for a huge six over long-on in the second delivery that he faced. But his cameo innings of a 20-ball 14 came to an end when he once again tried to smash Santner for another maximum but rather ended up slicing it to the hands of the fielder at mid-on in the 32nd over.
Boult wrapped it up with another double strike in an over. He removed Hasan Mahmud and Taskin Ahmed in the 42nd over to finish with impressive figures of 4 for 27 in 8.5 overs.