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Bangladesh v New Zealand

The New Zealanders in Bangladesh, 2004-05

Utpal Shuvro
At Dhaka, November 7, 2004 (day/night). New Zealand won by 83 runs. Toss: New Zealand.
Bangladesh failed to build on their near miss in the previous match, slumping to another comprehensive defeat. Astle and Sinclair shared a second successive half-century opening partnership before Cairns, whose 34 took only 16 balls, led a middle-order charge. New Zealand scored 99 from the last ten overs and 57 from the last five. Bangladesh sent in Mohammad Rafique first in an attempt to raise their strike-rate, but he did not last long and the innings soon developed into another damage-limitation exercise. They succeeded in batting for the full 50 overs, thanks to Nafis Iqbal and Khaled Mashud. Both scored 40, Mashud in just 44 balls, Iqbal in a painstaking 87. But a New Zealand whitewash was never in doubt.
Man of the Match: S. B. Styris. Man of the Series: S. B. Styris.