Bangladesh v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Mirpur October 14, 2010

Bangladesh showed us how to play - Vettori

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has admitted that his side was outplayed by Bangladesh in conceding the five-match ODI series 0-3 with one game to go. Bangladesh strung three wins on the trot against top opposition for the first time in their history to clinch the series, leaving New Zealand with some serious questions to address ahead of the World Cup on the subcontinent.

"Bangladesh have played better cricket than us and deserved the victory," Vettori said after the nine-run defeat in the fourth match. "They have shown us how to play in these conditions."

New Zealand began the must-win game well, reducing the hosts to 44 for 3, before Man-of-the-Match Shakib Al Hasan turned the tables with a century, setting a target of 242 in slow and low conditions. Bangladesh's bowlers kept the chase under control and it was down to Kane Williamson, who became the youngest centurion for New Zealand, to give his side a chance. His effort, however, was not enough to take them past the line.

"Kane's hundred is the positive to take out from this game," Vettori said. "We should have adapted quicker than we have. We put ourselves in tough positions with the bat. One game left, must win for us. We must restore some pride in the last game."

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  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!we can also& we will do best...............................

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    agreed with NZ- bonza, i also dont understand y ppl are jumping down kiwi's throat??? we played better throughout the series so we won.... they have just been outplayed...

    we shud give them their share of credits as well .... the black caps tried their best specially k.williamson ..... such a nice lil kid ... with guts and all ...

    give the kiwis a break ppl ..... winning and losin is a part of the game if u cant deal with it the solution is simple...... stop watching it !!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    I am so proud of the Tigers. But I feel for NZ fans. We, the Bangladeshi fans are used having our hearts broken. You guys are probably not used to it so it might hurt more. But I hope you take solace in the fact that Bangladesh is a Test playing nation, better yet, a nation that is improving at all times. Sooner or later, someone was bound to lose a series against us. In the future, it will be other nations. Also a BIG THANK YOU to all the well wishers that are not Bangladeshi. It means a lot to us.

  • Ben on October 16, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    As an NZ fan I am dissappointed at the amount of comments here berating the kiwis when credit must be given to the bangas. While NZ hasn't played its best cricket, Bagas thoroughly deserve this vicotory. They played the better cricket, that is essentially what winning and losing is all about. NZ will learn its lessons and I personally think they are much better when everyone writes them off. There is something i Kiwi culture that doesn't deal well with the favourites tag. Blackcaps still have a very good core group of players, quite capable of winning the world cup. Williamson finally got a good knock in (and that was crucial, he is the future of NZ cricket and was looking down the barrel of international exile the likes of which so many talented NZ players have gone before. With a FULLY FIT squad, NZ will be right up there. B McCullum, Ryder, Guptil, Tayler, Williamson, Styris, Vettori, N McCullum, Mills, Southee, Tuffey. Then you have Franklin, Mackay, Stewart, Elliott on the fringe

  • richard on October 15, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    hats off to the deshies.........well done. nz hang your head in shame a pitifull tour!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    This was a fantastic win! By the time he retires, Shakib Al Hasan may well be one of the greatest All-Rounders to have ever played the game. Very few All-Rounders have managed to excel in both batting AND bowling at the SAME time in their career. Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, and Sir Richard Hadlee have all been more dominant with ONE skill at some point in their career, and then became more stronger with the OTHER skill as their career went on. Sir Ian Botham and Sir Gary Sobers were probably the only ones that had the ability to turn a match around, either with the bat OR the ball. And the same is now true for Shakib. Well done bro! :-)

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    @MARUTI: Oh yeah! where do u think 2011 WC is happening!! ENGLAND? AUSTRALIA....or NZ perhaps!!!.............ROFL

    Knowing before speaking is a good thing......i think u shud know.....

    @CIMIS: I agree with u completely..........tho its not a very pleasant point to b agreed with.......

    @DHANNO: Give Ken a break......watever he did was a maestro thing......anybody who has the basic knowledge of cricket wud know that!

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Congrats to Bangladesh team... They made all the bangladeshi proud of them. Hope they perform like this in their upcuming matches

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Well Done Bangladesh!!! Always hold your head high up in the air!!!

    NZ better luck next time Mate!!!! Never underestimate any team and be well prepared!!!

  • mark on October 15, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    @Dhanno, if he had hit his last shot a little to the left or right it would have been 4 runs, or a little harder and it would have been 6. He almost won the game, and at 20 years old and just his 5th match, that wasn't a bad knock at all. Congrats to Bangladesh, they played very good cricket. It reminds me of when we went to Sri Lanka and lost a test and one day series many years ago over there for the first time. Everyone was saying we'd hit rock bottom, but then all of a sudden lots of sides were losing to Sri Lanka and we realized how much they had improved. Bangladesh have a nice settled side that plays very well in home conditions. NZ doesn't have a very stable side at all right now but Bennett and Williamson were good positives. With Styris and Oram to come back, and BIG lessons learned from this series they're still a chance of a top 4 finish at the world cup.

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