Should've been a stumping but ends up completing NZ's series win! Ball was on a fullish length, landed well outside off, Blundell danced across and tried to flick it across. The ball spun in sharply to beat both bat and off stump, but the turn did Mushfiqur in as well. No gloves laid, went fine for four
That's the series done. The next time both teams play an ODI will be in the World Cup. Let's hope all players are fit and hit the ground running. For now, it's goodbye from me, Ekanth, Sreshth Shah - who was on comms and the match report, and our scorers, Sudeep Poojari and Ranjith P.
Lockie Ferguson collects the series trophy and goes towards his team-mates behind the WINNER banner. The cheers go off as the confetti bursts out.
Lockie Ferguson: Some ups and downs. Nice to get the win. We were under pressure with the way Bangladesh batted but we broke through. When different players step up, it's pleasing. We've had a good week and are also building to what's coming.
Henry Nicholls, POTM: Pleasing. Different conditions for us, but we were here two years ago. Credit to the batting group for adapting. Bowlers did a massive job. Everyone stepped up at different moments. It allowed me time. Nice to chase it three down.When you play internationally, going around and doing well is the big test. Guys did well in the three matches.
Will Young, POTM: World Cup just around the corner. To come up with the first win since 2008 is great. This group plays a lot together, we gel well and it's a lot of fun. Conditions, you don't know what you'll get in India, hope it's similar to these.
Najmul Hossain Shanto: Our batsmen didn't score big runs. Lots got starts but no big scores. Not too worried about batting, know we can bat long. Think it'd have been different if I'd batted till the end. We need two big partnerships. Hopefully, next time batters take responsibility and bat long.
Fresh from the oven: Tamim left out of Bangladesh's World Cup squad
Tawhid: "Can NZ chase the target down in 34.3 overs, the number of overs BD took to set it." Just two balls extra.
8:12pm A perfect game for New Zealand ahead of the World Cup. It was set up by their bowlers, who took new-ball wickets, before the batters ensured the Bangladesh bowlers didn't find the same early success. Allen attacked, Young offered support to see off the new-ball bowling, which gradually improved. Shoriful struck twice on 49 but Nicholls joined Young to bide time and cautiously steer the visitors towards the target. Young got an 80-ball 70 and Nicholls made an unbeaten 50 to take them to a 2-0 series win.
Lands wide on a length, spins back in a bit. Blundell punches to the bowler's left
Fullish ball spins back in, Blundell inside edges a flick onto pad
Full ball is pushed to mid-on to bring up Nicholls' slowest ODI fifty, but it'll be a match-winning innings in a small chase.
Pulled against the spin again, gets it through straight midwicket despite the extra bounce. Jumped off a length but didn't rise at pace
Clears the coast and pulls it with power to find the midwicket boundary. Ball was on a length but Blundell was in the crease, had ample time to go across and then square-on as he pulled it along the ground
Length around off, blocked off the back foot to cover
Dances down and drives the full ball at 94kph to mid-off. Fielder swoops and throws but no direct hit. NZ stealing singles with ease
Slaps this wide ball to deep-backward point
Pulled against the spin. Fetches it from outside off, ball on a shortish length
Run-out chance missed. Midwicket misfielded and the batters took off. Nicholls was nowhere close but the fielder threw it too quickly for Nasum to take it. Ball went to the right, batters took the single. Ball was on a length and was worked across
Kist 17 needed now
Slaps the length ball outside off to deep cover, they wanted two but it's not on
Flicks off the back foot to deep square leg
Flat faster ball on a shortish length at the pads, Blundell goes square-on and wipes it to square leg, which is populated with three close-in fielders
Goes back and works the back of lengther to mid-on
Takes a nice stride down, gets the full ball right on the pitch, smothers it along the ground with a flick through straight mid-on
Down the track, pumps it straight down the ground for six!
Length on the pads, nudged to midwicket
Works the shortish ball to the left of the bowler
Lots happening that ball, ends up with overthrows. Ball landed outside off and turned away extravagantly, Blundell cut it but had to reach out, so he toed it towards mid-off. The fielder, Islam, charged in and threw the non-striker's stumps direct. It edged the outer half of the stumps and deflected too fine for the keeper. Back-up fielder's chase ended in vain
Around. Slip in
|Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur|
|Toss||Bangladesh, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||New Zealand won the 3-match series 2-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 4655|
|Hours of play (local time)||start 14.00, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.00, Second Session 18.00-21.30|
|Match days||26 September 2023 - daynight (50-over match)|