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2nd ODI (D/N), Christchurch, March 23, 2021, Bangladesh tour of New Zealand
(48.2/50 ov, T:272) 275/5

New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
110* (108)
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So that's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. Candid words from Tamim, positive ones from Latham, and we shall end our coverage on that note. Keep an eye on the website/app for all the latest reactions from the game very soon. If you're craving more cricket, you're just one click away from following India v England. On behalf of Hemant Brar and Thilak Gowda, this is Sreshth Shah saying goodbye.

Tom Latham, winning captain: "Even thought Bangladesh had wickets in hand, we controlled them. Santner was good. We didn't get the best start, but we built through the middle in the chase. We need to adapt to whatever surface we are playing on, and today we did that. It was a tricky surface. Nice to cross the line. Conway's done fantastically well. Done well domestically and has now brought it into the international game. Always nice to win the series. Want to keep improving as a side."

Tamim Iqbal, losing captain: "We should've won this game. Bowler created chances, we couldn't hold on. The dropped catches, you know. When situation comes, you have to do things 100%. Disappointed today. Batters did really well. It was a different surface, a bit slow, 271 was a decent score. And when the chances came, we couldn't hold on. Quite disappointing. Mithun was fantastic, Mushi was well. Anyway, I thought it was a much improved game. We are not here to improve our cricket but to win. See people will drop catches. It hurts. If we took our two chances, it was game on. People don't miss catches willingly, it happens to everyone. When the next chance comes, we need to grab with both hands. We just have to be positive in Wellington and give a crack to them again.

Tom Latham is the Player of the Match. "Nice to have a match-winning contribution. We knew Bangladesh would come out fighting with the ball. We had to build some partnerships - did that with Dev and Neesh. Dew made it tough. With two lefties and a couple of offies, we had to take a bit of time early on. We had those partnerships in the middle. We had our targets as a batting unit and they adjust according to scores or batting units. We know we're always a couple of good overs from being on top."

9.36pm Comfortable win in the end but it wasn't so at the 11th over of the chase. Two wickets early from Mahedi Hasan and one from Mustafizur Rahman had NZ on the ropes at 53/3 but then they hosts pulled off a comeback. Devon Conway's 72 in a century-stand with Latham did part 1 of the recovery. After that Latham and Neesham completed part 2. And finally, Latham - while getting his century - in the company of Daryl Mitchell (in his first innings) capped off the win. A fielding effort to forget for both sides, to be fair, not just Bangladesh.

As for Bangladesh, Mahedi was a big positive with the ball, but with the bat, it was Tamim and Mohammad Mithun - who struck 78 and 73 respectively. A bit more impetus in the first 20 overs could've helped them reach 300 but Tamim did say at the toss that their strategy is to start slow and set a base. Can't blame them for that. A much closer ODI compared to the first one. We'll bring you the presentation very soon.

Saifuddin to Latham, FOUR runs

yorker, on leg. And flicked for four! NZ win by five wickets

Saifuddin to Latham, no run

nearly a run out! Good length on leg.Misses the flick. Mitchell tries to run, but slips and falls mid pitch. Recovers well, and is helped that the direct hit is not completed

end of over 4812 runs
NZ: 271/5CRR: 5.64 RRR: 0.50
Daryl Mitchell12 (6b 2x4)
Tom Latham106 (106b 9x4)
Soumya Sarkar 0.3-0-7-0
Taskin Ahmed 10-0-67-0
Soumya to Mitchell, 2 runs

full on middle. Clipped uppishly over to deep midwicket. Scores tied

Soumya to Mitchell, FOUR runs

good length, on middle. Swatted behind square for four!

Soumya to Latham, 1 run

good length, on off. Pulled to wide long on

Mustafizur to Mitchell, 1 run

guides this to third man

Fizz has pulled a muscle or a hamstring. He's going off

Mustafizur to Mitchell, no run

good length, on middle. Fended away

Mustafizur to Mitchell, FOUR runs

full outside off. Opens the bat's face to a 45-angle and lofts it over cover for four!

end of over 4710 runs
NZ: 259/5CRR: 5.51 RRR: 4.33
Tom Latham105 (105b 9x4)
Daryl Mitchell1 (1b)
Taskin Ahmed 10-0-67-0
Mustafizur Rahman 8-0-57-2

Isaac: "Tom Latham has to be one of the most underrated players in world cricket at the moment. A vital player in Tests and ODI's and proven he can play under pressure. Top knock from a top player."

Taskin to Latham, no run

back of a length, on leg. Tries to pull, takes an edge, and the keeper dives forward to catch. But doesn't carry! Nearly did though. Taskin finishes with 0/67 but bowled better than that

Taskin to Latham, FOUR runs

over the keeper! Short ball, tries to pull, takes a streaky top edge

Taskin to Mitchell, 1 run

length ball, just outside off. Tapped to midwicket, and a quick single

Taskin to Latham, 1 run

full just outside off. Mistimes a shot to mid on. Chance of a run out had Tamim collected properly though

Taskin to Latham, no run

length ball on leg. Nudged to midwicket

Taskin to Latham, FOUR runs

back of a length, on middle. Pulled behind square, between deep backward square leg and fine leg...and that's his hundred! What a rescue effort from the No. 5. Came in when NZ were 53/3. They're now at 253

NZ need 23 off 24 and Latham needs four for a century. Taskin to bowl out

end of over 4613 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 249/5CRR: 5.41 RRR: 5.75
Tom Latham96 (100b 7x4)
Daryl Mitchell0 (0b)
Mustafizur Rahman 8-0-57-2
Mahedi Hasan 10-1-42-2
Mustafizur to Latham, 1 run

Sivaramakrishna: "I can understand Tamim's anchor innings, but I think it was Rahim's innings that halted their innings momentum with Tamim already anchoring.. that and the dropped catches might prove to be the difference between the sides.."

Mustafizur to Latham, FOUR runs

good length, outside off. Cuts this beautifully behind square, far enough from deep extra cover

Mustafizur to Latham, 2 runs

length ball outside off. Cut, in the air, but well short of the fielder at deep point who has to run across

Mitchell at No. 7

Mustafizur to Neesham, OUT

taken at long on! Full, on off. Wants to go for the glory shot, but Soumya is under it.

James Neesham c Soumya Sarkar b Mustafizur Rahman 30 (50m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.23
Mustafizur to Neesham, FOUR runs

oh pierces it beautifully. Slogs leg side off this short ball, and places the shot between wide long on and deep midwicket.

Mustafizur to Neesham, 1 wide

full, and very wide outside off. Left alone, and they collect the wide run

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