Bangladesh v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Mirpur October 31, 2013

Bowlers help Bangladesh to series win


Bangladesh 247 (Tamim 58, Neesham 4-53, Anderson 4-40) beat New Zealand 207 (Taylor 45, Mortaza 3-43, Gazi 3-34) by 40 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After their famous 4-0 win against the same opposition at home in 2010, another clean sweep beckoned for Bangladesh after they wrapped up the second ODI by 40 runs. Bangladesh defended 247 and their decision to bat first was vindicated despite concerns over the spinners' effectiveness with a dew-laden ball.

Bangladesh made the two new balls count. Mashrafe Mortaza, who took three wickets, bowled two good spells to make sure New Zealand's required run-rate never went down. Offspinner Sohag Gazi took the other new ball, and like Mashrafe, tied down the batsmen at first before picking up three wickets. Mominul Haque was Mushfiqur Rahim's golden arm, removing the McCullum brothers.

When they began their chase of 248 run, Hamish Rutherford was the first to go, chopping a Mashrafe delivery onto his stumps for 1, repeating his score from the first match. Anton Devcich and Grant Elliott were removed off successive deliveries a little while later, the former popping a catch back to Gazi and the latter getting stuck on the crease to Abdur Razzak, and falling leg-before.

As the chase began to gather pace, the visitors pinned their hopes on the captain Brendon McCullum to make his first significant score on this tour. It remained that way, as he fell just when his partnership with Ross Taylor was starting to worry Bangladesh.

After the second drinks break, McCullum went back to a Mominul delivery that didn't turn much, missed it and was given out leg-before. In the next over, Tom Latham was run out thanks to Rubel Hossain's throw after Taylor sent him back after completing the first run. James Neesham was caught off a short ball from Gazi, caught by a diving Naeem Islam at square leg.

Gazi picked up the crucial wicket of Taylor just after he had smashed a six at the end of the batting Powerplay. That wicket - the eighth falling with the score on 158 - spelled the end of New Zealand's resistance in this series, as Bangladesh waited for the inevitable. Kyle Mills and Nathan McCullum held things up for a while before Nathan McCullum holed out at long-on in the 46th over. The end came when Tim Southee missed Mashrafe's straight ball in the 47th over.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, were off to a better start with the bat, but none of their batsmen pushed on for a big score. The New Zealand bowlers were accurate and controlled their bowling variations. The Bangladesh batsmen had to be patient, but were often frustrated as they could not get on top of the medium-pacers. Brendon McCullum set planned fields, packing the off side and to his credit, he was backed by the bowlers and the fielders.

Corey Anderson and Neesham both took four wickets, after Southee and Kyle Mills restricted the Bangladesh openers with tight spells with the two new balls. Their tidiness in the first 35 overs paid off when Bangladesh lost three quick wickets after the 36th over, at the start of the batting Powerplay, Bangladesh's scourge. It set them back for the last nine overs during which they added only 63 runs and lost four wickets.

Mushfiqur, Naeem and Nasir Hossain fell in the space of eleven balls, which took them from 169 for 3 to 173 for 6. All three dismissals were soft and the shots played, particularly that of Mushfiqur and Naeem, were unnecessary.

The top and middle-order batsmen threw away good starts. The openers, Tamim Iqbal and the debutant Shamsur Rahman began steadily with a stand of 63. Tamim was the enforcer, but the debutant Shamsur was relatively sedate during his 25. Tamim drove stylishly through the covers and his only six, down the ground off Southee in the ninth over, was his best shot.

Mominul struck five boundaries, one of them straight down the ground and another flicked through midwicket. But he fell to a trap, pulling a slower ball from Anderson to Nathan McCullum at deep midwicket.

Soon after, Tamim got stuck in the forties for 18 balls, before reaching his 25th ODI fifty off 75 balls. He was finally dismissed by inside edging Anderson's slower ball onto his stumps, after missing on several wild swishes. As the sun set below Mirpur's horizon, the home crowd looked disappointed that the batsmen failed to capitalise, but the mood changed as the evening wore on.

Batting is an area that still needs improvement, but with an inspired bowling performance such as this, Mushfiqur need not give himself and the rest of the batsmen the hair-dryer. With cricket being one of the unifying factors in the country, celebrations are expected everywhere.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Hamish on November 1, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    I am very disappointed with the timing of Kane Williamson's injury - he is a player made for the subcontinent. Amongst the current crop of NZ batsmen, he is the best against spinners, hands down. He is also the best when the ball keeps low. He plays with the soft wrists and pointed stance of a Sangakkara or a Gower, balanced on the precipice between his back foot and his front. On fast, bouncy tracks his approach can look a bit fidgety but it suits slow and low pitches. In addition, his spin is potent in limited overs matches as he is the type of bowler who seems innocuous until batsmen actually go after him. I can't say Williamson would have changed the outcome of the first two ODIs, but I can say I'm disappointed we didn't get to see him try.

    P.S. Corey Anderson is my man of the match. +1 wicket and +11 runs over Gazi (who admittedly did play extremely well, especially with the new ball), plus he came in to bat at 45/3 with the asking rate climbing. Did all that was asked of him.

  • IND on November 1, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Congratulation to Bangladesh...New zealand will try to come back. i think with due respect to New Zealand, We should give a rest to tamim, Mashrafe in fact Mushfiq and try out Anamul ( We need to sort out opening problem and also he is a very good wicket keeper) I have seen mushfiq getting hurt many times during this series. Mahmudulla can be a captain for 3rd ODI. Giving rest to mashrafe is very important because we want him to be fit in every series. we dont want him to lost for ever since he is now 30+.On the other hand we need to find pacer and we should give a try to Al amin. These are my personal thought. I think new player will also give their 100% and we will have a BANGLA WASH

  • Muhammad Imran on November 1, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    All praises go to Bangladesh team especially to Bowlers. They have taken advantage of known home condition.As a BD supporter I always want to see Bangladesh win. At the same time we all expect BD batsmen will bat psitively with maturity . This is the only weak point of Bangladesh at the moment.

  • Android on November 1, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    congrats Bangladesh team and fans. Hope team BD continues his good run in future as well.

  • Android on November 1, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    bravo bangla tiger go ahade and proved the world w r new gun .ICC look & take more play against india

  • Ziad on November 1, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Bangladeshi batsmen should learn to convert their impressive starts into big innings. In both the matches, Bangladesh was in position to make 300+ score but failed due to failure of the batsmen to score big innings.

  • Android on November 1, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Coming Soon New King In The Cricket World...........Congratulations Tigers ........?

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh win all match. And I expect Banglawash again.

  • Tareq on November 1, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Bangladesh should be given more opportunities to prove themselves. They have to wait months for a series. ICC should take initiatives so that Tigers can play with big teams like Australia, England, India, Pakistan etc every year. I wonder how Shakib could hold his position in the top allrounder's list with such a small number of match every year.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    thanks woo wonderful wish for next odi.