Bangladesh v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Fatullah

Bangladesh chase 308, sweep series 3-0

The Report by Mohammad Isam

November 3, 2013

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Bangladesh 309 for 6 (Shamsur 96, Naeem 63, Nasir 44*) beat New Zealand 307 for 5 (Taylor 107*, Munro 85) by four wickets
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Shamsur Rahman plays the ball down the ground during his innings, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Fatullah, November 3, 2013
Shamsur Rahman set up the chase with 96 © AFP

Bangladesh banked on a string of partnerships and two fine knocks by Shamsur Rahman and Naeem Islam, as they swept the ODI series 3-0 after chasing 309 in the final over in Fatullah. The four-wicket win matched the 2010 clean sweep at home, which New Zealand lost 4-0. This was also Bangladesh's second successful chase of a target of 300 or above in ODIs.

The home side took full advantage of the new ODI rules that allow only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle during the non Powerplay overs, continually chipping the ball over the infield, and making sure they used the shorter, straight boundaries. New Zealand's 307 for 5 was the highest score at this ground at the innings break, but it wasn't enough in the end. Ross Taylor shored up an inexperienced batting line-up with his eighth hundred, but his efforts went in vain.

Mahmudullah and Nasir added 35 for the sixth wicket before Mahmudullah was given out caught behind in the 48th over, although he wasn't fully convinced and neither were the replays conclusive. A few dot balls afterwards added to the tension among the near-capacity crowd but Nasir released the pressure with a thump over midwicket at the end of the 48th over, bringing down the chase to a run-a-ball.

Nasir kept his nerve, just as he did last year in the deciding fifth ODI against West Indies in which he also guided Bangladesh to a close win. Sohag Gazi completed the win with an upper-cut boundary off the second ball of the last over.

Shamsur Rahman missed out on his maiden century, but his contribution, particularly in the absence of the ill Tamim Iqbal, was valuable. He started off briskly with Ziaur Rahman, as the new opening pair added 50 in the seventh over. Ziaur acted as a pinch-hitter, hammering two sixes and two fours in his 22 before getting out in the eighth over.

But that didn't stop Shamsur from going after the bowlers, hammering Mitchell McClenaghan for two sixes in one over. He and Mominul Haque added another quick 65 runs in 11 overs to maintain the pace of the chase. Mominul, however, fell to a soft dismissal to Anton Devcich, for 32 off 33.

The captain Mushfiqur Rahim however failed to contribute, pulling to Taylor at square-leg for 2. But Naeem made sure there was no collapse as he and Shamsur added 75, at more than five runs an over. Naeem matched Shamsur with his timing, particularly through the off side as reached his fifty off 53 balls. When Shamsur fell in the 35th over, Naeem managed to put together another crucial half-century stand with Nasir Hossain. New Zealand had an opening when Naeem was run out in the 43rd over for 63 off 74 balls, but Nasir and Mahmudullah brought the equation back in Bangladesh's favour.

Earlier it was Taylor's hundred that gave New Zealand much-needed impetus, mainly in the last ten overs. After he had added 130 runs for the fourth wicket with Colin Munro, he made sure he took full advantage of Bangladesh's pace bowling in the slog overs, one of their biggest weaknesses. In the last five overs, Bangladesh conceded 73 runs, after they added just 25 between the 40th and 45th over.

Taylor blasted three sixes and nine fours in his 93-ball unbeaten 107, his second hundred against Bangladesh and his second this year. It was an innings that befitted the only experienced batsman in the line-up, helping the team recover from 101 for 3. Secondly, he let Munro dominate much of their partnership and only cut loose in the end overs. He was severe on anything that was bowled on the stumps, playing his favoured slog-sweep.

Munro forced Mushfiqur to think hard while setting fields. He mixed conventional shots with reverse hits, one of which was a pulled six off Abdur Razzak. Playing his first match on tour, but he showed little signs of difficulty to adjust, as the others in his line-up have shown. He cracked two sixes and seven fours in his 77-ball 85, the sort of innings that one could have been expected from Brendon McCullum, who had left the country to treat his sore back.

The openers Devcich and Tom Latham put on 66 in 13.2 overs before the former fell to a poor shot. Devcich survived a chance in the sixth over when he inside-edged a Sohag Gazi delivery past Mushfiqur. The wicketkeeper made amends when he held on to the edge from Latham, who scored 43.

Bangladesh's bowling was ordinary at times, particularly Sohag Gazi, who was struck for three sixes in a row by Taylor in his last over, and Mashrafe, who conceded 73 off his eight overs.

Despite that, there has been a marked difference in Bangladesh's confidence and body language over the last four weeks. The batsmen have stood up to the challenge of setting up totals and now they have successfully chased a 300-plus total. This win alone should give them more reason to think of themselves as genuine match-winners in one-day cricket.

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

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Posted by   on (November 7, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

it was recorded that BANGLADESH is now improve ..... they are now world class...

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

I am Bangladeshi fan from Pakistan. I am really proud of their performance and better luck to NZL next time. All credit goes to Bengali batman for winning the series. it will useful for world of cricket having maximum sides in odi and test. World cricket is improving. So ICC should give exposure to new sides e.g. Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe, too. It's too boring to be playing with just ten sides. At least 30 sides should be in world of cricket.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

After the T20 no cricket remains for BD fan. Im very much proud for Bangladesh team. They finish the year with great remark. But a little angry of the ICC's behaviour. They cann't manage more match for Bangladesh team though they are the gaurdian of Cricket world. ICC should deeply think the matter. Bangladesh cricket board should take some steps to arrage some match within December. We are the BD fans crying for more matches which gives us more joy.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

Woow... Bangladesh is doing incredible victory .. I like it.

Posted by Nebulous_navid on (November 5, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

i think newzealand is hundred times better than bcci,ecb.indian players should learn norms and behaviour from them.wish nz can fire up in the upcoming sl tour.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (November 5, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Very pleased to see that we have well wishers from all around the globe and they are fully supporting us.Hope they would continue their supports while we play badly or fail to play according to our merits.Your suupport or constructive criticism can make us stronger.So, be with us and we would not let you down Inshallah.Proud to be a Bangladeshi.........

Posted by android_user on (November 5, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

I have said it before and say it again, it is just a matter of time before Bangladesh get going. Having passionate people, crowd, and love for the game, there is only so much time you can keep them away. Plz give them more games, and annual overseas series so the players can develop. This is the right time for BD cricket to get going, and not look back. A strong Bangladeshi team makes a stronger Asia. Your well wisher from Pakistan:)

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