Bangladesh v New Zealand, Ireland tri-series, Dublin May 18, 2017

Bennett 'gets one over' Bangladesh after seven-year wait

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'Didn't expect another game after Hamilton 2014 - Bennett

It has been almost seven years since fast bowler Hamish Bennett made his ODI debut for New Zealand. In that series, he played two ODIs, against Bangladesh in Bangladesh, and New Zealand were humbled 4-0. Bennett remembers that series clearly, and was especially pleased that, on Wednesday, when he made his return to international cricket after three years - his previous ODI appearance was in January 2014 - New Zealand got the better of them.

"It was a really good feeling," Bennett said after New Zealand's four-wicket win in the Ireland tri-series. "To be honest, I didn't think I was going to get another game after Hamilton in 2014. But, especially good to win against Bangladesh after losing there 4-0, good to get one over them."

Bennett made his debut when he was 23, but had never managed to cement his place in the New Zealand first XI. Now, with a few first-choice players away at the IPL, Bennett slotted in and was simply happy to play with some of the friends he has made on the domestic circuit. "It was good to get out there. I've always wanted to play international cricket with Neil Broom, Tommy Latham and Ross [Taylor] as well," he said. "So it was good to play a game for New Zealand with a couple of good mates."

That New Zealand had to chase only 258 was courtesy Bennett's final two overs, where he conceded only three runs off the bat and took three wickets. His short-pitched deliveries against the Bangladesh middle and lower-order paid rich dividends, and he said that his plan to be patient and force his opponents to make mistakes held him in good stead.

"You get lucky at the death sometimes - it goes one way or the another," Bennett said. "It went my way today but my main job was to attack on that slower surface, it was just about trying to put the balls in the good areas. It was just about trying to contain them and get them to do something silly.

"I think, in one-day cricket, you can afford to be a little bit patient with the ball because eventually the batting team will have to come at you. My mentality was just about trying to be patient and wait for them to make the play. I didn't want to go searching too much, just wanted to keep building pressure."

Bennett, who was described by half-centurion James Neesham after the game as "one of the best death bowlers in New Zealand", finished with figures of 3 for 31 and Bangladesh were kept to 257 for 9. But both players felt their team's fielding effort was not up to scratch - the Bangladesh innings featured several misfields with players letting balls through or diving over them, overthrows that went to the boundary, and dropped chances - which left them chasing more than they should have been.

"The target could easily have been a little bit less, we were a little sloppy, in the field," Bennett said. "We should've kept them to about 230, but we never really had any run-rate pressure [in the chase], so it's a fair reflection that 250-odd was a good score to chase."

Man-of-the-Match Neesham, whose 48-ball 52 shepherded New Zealand home with 15 balls to spare, said: "We bowled a bit better than 260-odd. If we're honest with ourselves, our fielding let us down a bit, and 20-30 runs went abegging. You've got to chase the target you're set and doing it with 12 balls to spare or whatever was ideal."

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  • Mark on May 21, 2017, 3:06 GMT

    Injured before the Champions trophy!

  • shujik0510983 on May 19, 2017, 7:57 GMT

    Bangladesh Even loss against afghanistan bcz afghanistan is far better team than bang Bang cricket team is still soooooo child

  • Beau on May 19, 2017, 7:39 GMT

    @MIN2000: I agree. What a bizarre comment. Does anyone in the world bowl the same way as Bennett? I doubt it, and would not recommend they try, either.

  • Jon on May 19, 2017, 0:55 GMT

    AWM87, the reason he isn't in the team is because NZ bowlers imitate Bond? Sorry that doesn't make a lot of sense. And his action is not even remotely like Bond. He's not in the team because we have a lot of good seamers and he's currently ranked about 10th among them.

  • Ash on May 18, 2017, 23:34 GMT

    @THETRUEROWNOK: Liked your sarcasm about the whitewash that BD gave to NZ and they can't forget that. It is very common to remember that losses and players fight back. That's the hallmark of good players. Don't you think that IF BD players also have that hunger and remember all the defeats, they would have fought hard but Alas!! they don't remember any of the defeats but remember only those few victories and do not have any fighting ability.

  • ayazwm3292232 on May 18, 2017, 18:27 GMT

    The reason why he is not in the team is because many kiwi bowlers imitate bowling action of Shane bond. They are just not natural at it. This is the reason why they come in for few matches and then sit for few years. You have to be yourself (natural) in cricket. Imitation wouldn't take you far.

  • shanja7036916 on May 18, 2017, 16:13 GMT

    Sabbir shouldn't play in ODI and Test rather could be standby for number 7. He should play T20 surely. He has a good prospect for future shouldn't be spoiled should play more first class and represent A team. Right now Imrul or Mosaddek should bat at No 3. As champions trophy is upcoming we could try with Imrul at no. 3, as Nasir is not in champions trophy sqad. In future (after champion's trophy) liton Das should play at No 3.

  • Abelbenshepherds on May 18, 2017, 11:49 GMT

    Well what's wrong with that guy sabbir Rahman plays well in practice matches but not in actual matches. Mashrafe definitely becomes cannon fodder for batsmen . Hopefully they won't lost against Ireland .looks like champions trophy is not for Bangladesh if they play reckless cricket without responsibility .example sakib he looked like he wants to get out and go back to pavilion the moment he entered

  • Rownok on May 18, 2017, 11:14 GMT

    amilag on May 18, 2017, 10:42 GMT so you are out of your den temporarily to come here....welcome,,,,anything more...!!!?? cause pretty soon you would be in your den again. so few nzl player still cannot forget the two whitewash bd gifted them,,,,good to know...!!!

  • tamim on May 18, 2017, 11:01 GMT

    I don't know why sabbir bats at number 3. Not sure he is a hitter or can hold one end. Hi strike rate under 100. Average is low and don't have a good score. I think mossadek will be good there with Nasir down the order. A good batsman and bowler.

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