11 October 2008
A brilliant 75 off 62 deliveries by Jacob Oram proved decisive in the second ODI of the three-match Brac Bank series as New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by 75 runs to level the series 1-1 with one match to go.
Bangladesh skipper won the toss for the second time in a row and invited New Zealand to bat first. Left arm seamer Syed Rasel rocked the New Zealand top order with a fine display of line and length bowling and New Zealand were reduced to 45-4 at the end of the second powerplay.
Bangladesh bowlers tightened the noose and New Zealand innings failed to gather required momemntum until the arrival of Jacob Oram. Oram launched a scintillating fightback and propelled New Zealand to 212 for 9.
In reply, Bangladesh lost opener Tamim Iqbal in the second ball of the innings and from that point never looked like winning the match. Painfully slow batting from opener Zunaid Siddique and skipper Mohammad Ashraful made the situation furher difficult for Bangladesh. The pair shared 53 run partnership between them but took 18.2 overs which raised the required run rate to well above 6 runs per over.
Bangladesh were finally bundled out for 137 in 42.4 overs after a middle order meltdown. The two teams will now travel to Chittagong for the series decider which will be played at the Divisional Stadium on Tuesday.