Bangladesh v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Fatullah November 3, 2013

'We had a total we could defend' - Mills


Kyle Mills found himself facing a situation he wasn't supposed to when he arrived in Bangladesh couple of weeks ago as part of the ODI side. With regular captain Brendon McCullum and vice-captain Kane Williamson having returned home with injury it was up to him, as stand-in captain, to preside over New Zealand's second successive series drubbing at the hands of Bangladesh.

There is still a Twenty20 game on November 6 but with the Tests and ODIs over, New Zealand are yet to win a game on tour. This was their biggest chance as they set the home side a target of 308, a total never chased in this country by this team. Mills thought so too, until the Bangladesh batting line-up started to string together partnerships.

"I thought we had a total we could defend," Mills said. "The opening batters for Bangladesh played well and took the game away from us. Our spinners did a good job to bring it back for us somewhat, but the start they got created huge momentum for them to chase the total down.

"We are all very disappointed with the outcome of, not just today's match but the whole series. To go down 3-0 is extremely disappointing. It wasn't our plan when we came out here but we have to hand it to the Bangladesh side, they played exceptional cricket today."

Mills was incidentally the last man out when Bangladesh completed the 4-0 win three years ago, and the memories are fresh. He said that they knew how dangerous Bangladesh were at home but were not prepared for such a result now or then.

"This one's pretty fresh and raw. I got over the last one [in 2010], but it's still very disappointing. The last series we came in with expectations of winning the series quite comfortably. The scars from that series set us up for this series.

"We were quite wary of the Bangladesh side. They've got some very good players in these conditions, and you have to admire that. But we are going to take a number of positives, because there are positives over the last three games, moving forward into the Sri Lanka series and our home summer."

One of those positives which they can't actually take to Sri Lanka would be Ross Taylor's unbeaten 107 because the experienced batsman has been summoned back home to prepare for the New Zealand international summer. But a forceful 85 from Colin Munro and contributions from Tom Latham and Anton Devcich would still encourage them. "Ross Taylor's innings today was a classy innings of an international cricket batsman. He crafted it beautifully. Latham played a hand, Colin Munro got an opportunity today and he grasped it, he played a magnificent knock.

"Throughout the series I think Corey Anderson and Jimmy Neesham really stood up as well. Young guys standing up is a great sign for New Zealand cricket, and definitely moving forward over the next 15 months," said Mills.

One of New Zealand's problems has been the absence of Daniel Vettori, the allrounder with vast experience and a strong record against Bangladesh. "We've missed Vettori over the last two-three years really. It's great having Dan on the side. When Dan walks out with us in the eleven we are a better side for it, but many a series we have played without Daniel Vettori."

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

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  • dummy4fb on November 4, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    I think its high time for Bangladesh to set their target for Next world cup. this team is still young and they are growing steadily & together as a team. So the next one day world cup would be a great field to see the result of this team growing up together. I'm pretty sure this team will be in top 3 teams of the world in coming 5 years. Now it is time for them to be consistent from then onwards.

  • CrICkeeet on November 4, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Dear Kyle, U couldnt! Evn if shane bond returns now, he's gonna b d best bowler in this squad!

  • dummy4fb on November 3, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    if you needed any proof that kyle mills should not be captain of our blackcaps last night was it his field settings were negative his bowling order was wrong and his own bowling was crap. in my opinion he shouldnt even be in the team anymore let alone captain it. step aside mills step aside.

  • dummy4fb on November 3, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    ICC need to ensure that Bangladesh will get 20 ODIs, 6 T20 and mimum 12 Test match in a year. BCB must ensure that our Domestic tournaments will start in time , Pitch and other facilities will b increased for players...

  • BanglaBandhu on November 3, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    The NZ team keep me tioning "these conditions" to suggest that BD were used to winning in Mirpur and fatullah. In fact yesterday tbe qjoted Jacob Oram as referring to the wicket in Fatullah as being slow and they expected a low score.

    NZ were over the moon with their 307 score and didnt expect much of a chase. BD did a marvellous job and given NZ victories this year, BD's performances are even more exceptional.

    Anyway a true test will be see how NZ perform against SL and shoukd really put the BD Banglawash in its true perspective.

  • android_user on November 3, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    as a Bangladeshi fan we had to stay petient to come this far we never lost our hope. in the field 11 men get into fight as a cricketer with that green jersey, but off the field 154 million people fight with them as a supporter. we had come across all the hardship as a unit, as a team this is call team Bangladesh other nation still can call us minnow's

  • dummy4fb on November 3, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Losing 3 matches in a raw and the opposing (NZ) captain is saying that 'they are taking few positives with them'- this achievement (!) used to be mentioned by Bangladesh captains over the years. Strangely this has turned around completely and it just shows how much Bangladesh have progressed! Bravo Tigers! You have been awesome. Waiting for the SL series, Asia Cup (remember you are runner up) and of course the much awaited T20 WC 2014. Good Luck!

  • dummy4fb on November 3, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    more cricket needed for BD. we cant improve if we play once a year. BD and Ireland need more matches

  • azaduddin on November 3, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    more cricket for BD plz. ~ 20 odis, 6-8t20s, and 6-8 tests