17 October 2010
A fiery spell of fast bowling by young paceman Rubel Hossain helped Bangladesh to wrap up 4-0 series whitewash in the 5-match Micromax ODI series against New Zealand at Sher E Bangla Stadium in Mirpur today. Second match of the series was abandoned due to inclement weather. Rubel destroyed the top order and finally clean bowled last man Kyle Mills to secure a nail-biting 3 run victory after Tigers could only post a modest 174 run target for the Kiwis. Rubel grabbed career best 4 wickets for 25 runs and Bangladesh defended the total aggressively.
Chasing a victory target of 175 and restoring some pride, the Kiwis started their innings in the worst possible manner as they lost 5 top order batsmen inside 7th over and were reduced to 20 for 5. Rubel tore through the Kiwi batting line up and removed three top order batsmen in his first spell.
The situation could have been worse for the Black caps, but Zunaid handed a lifeline to Daniel Vettori as he dropped a very simple slip catch. Mahmudullah Riyad was unlucky bowler on this occasion. Vettori was reprieved again courtesy of umpire Aleem Dar who ruled in favour of the batsman when the Kiwi skipper was trapped dead in front in the next over of Riyad.
Vettori and Grant Eliott did the repair job for the Kiwis and shared 86 run partnership to lift New Zealand to 106 for 6. Vettori was finally dismissed on 42 by Shakib Al Hasan when Shafiul Islam took an impressive catch covering a large ground at the deep midwicket.
Eliott and Mills joined force and threatened to break the duck for New Zealand by playing the spinners cautiously and occasionally picking up boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking. Eliott scored a patient 59, but departed after attempting to slog sweep Sohrawardy Shuvo which found the safe hands of Rubel Hossain.
After the departure of Eliott, Bangladesh picked McKay quickly to leave Kyle Mills to do too much to save the ignominy with only last man Hamish Bennet standing. Mills almost did the improbable with a 47 ball 33 and raised the hope of the Kiwis by slamming Rubel Hossain for 4 in the first delivery of the last over, but Rubel Hossain and Bangladesh had the last laugh as he castled Mills in the 3rd delivery to secure the historic whitewash.