First ODI

New Zealand v Bangladesh

At Auckland, December 26, 2007. New Zealand won by six wickets. Toss: New Zealand. Oneday international debut: Junaid Siddique.

Bangladesh, elated after their fine Twenty20 win three days previously, started at top speed and, at 136 for two in the 27th over with Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful well set, a total of 250 or more seemed likely. However, Tamim fell the ball after reaching his half-century, then Ashraful holed out in the deep after making 70 from 57 balls, with ten fours and a six, and the rest of the batting withered away. New Zealand were never troubled once How and McCullum put on 90 for the first wicket, and Styris hit the winning runs - a six off Shakib Al Hasan - with plenty to spare.

Man of the Match: J. M. How

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