11 October 2010
Bangladesh took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the five-match Micromax cup ODI series as they comprehensively defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets with 60 balls to spare in the 3rd ODI in Mirpur today. Bangladesh spinners led by young Sohrwardy Shuvo restricted New Zealand to 173 all out in 42.5 overs and the batsmen made a light work of the New Zealand total as Bangladesh cantered home in the 40th over.
Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and opted to field first to the surprise of many. However, opening bowler Shafiul Islam, returning from injury, gave his captain and Bangladesh a dream start when he removed dangerman Brendan McCullum in the first over of his spell for duck. After the departure of McCullum Jesse Ryder and BJ Watling tried to rebuild the innings through a 55 run second wicket partnership. When both of them fell in quick succession to the left arm spinners, New Zealand failed to gather further momentum for the most part of their innings.
Bangladesh's army of left arm spinners led by Sohrwardy Shuvo spun magic weave around the New Zealand middle order and reduced them to 101 for 7 in 32.4 overs. A late onslaught by Ross Taylor and Kyle Mills saved New Zealand from the ignominy of a sub-150 run score as they added 72 runs in 56 balls. However, Bangladesh bowlers impressively fought back and picked up the last 3 wickets in 6 deliveries to bundle out the Kiwis for 173 runs.
Bangladesh started their chase positively through the new opening combination of Imrul Kayes and Shahriar Nafees. Shahriar Nafees was particularly merciless to the Kiwi bowlers as he hammered 13 boundaries in his run a ball 73. The pair shared a brilliant opening partnership of 127 runs and briefly raised the hope of a rare 10 wicket victory before Shahriar was caught at cover when he tried to hit McCullum out of the park. Imrul soon followed after reaching his 50 in a similar fashion giving McCullum his second wicket.
Despite a brief wobble in the middle order, skipper Shakib Al Hasan kept his cool and guided Bangladesh home together with Raqibul Hasan with 10 overs to spare. Sohrwardy Shuvo was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant spell of 10-2-14-3.
This is the first time Bangladesh have won back to back matches against a major Test playing nation. The third ODI of the series will be played on Thursday at the same venue.