14 October 2010
A brilliant all-round display from skipper Shakib Al Hasan led Bangladesh to a historic 3-0 series victory in the 5 match Micromax Cup ODI series with one match to play. Bangladesh defeated New Zealand by 9 runs to clinch the series victory in the hard fought 4th ODI at Sher E Bangla Stadium in Dhaka today. Shakib scored an outstanding century to help Bangladesh post a competitive 241 and picked up 3 vital wickets to ensure series victory for the Tigers.
New Zealand won the toss in the crucial encounter and sent Bangladesh to bat to take the advantage of the morning conditions. Bangladesh's innings failed to gather momentum as opener Shahriar Nafees went for a golden duck in the very first over of the innings and number 3 batsman Junaid Siddique also returned to the pavilion on the 5th Over of the innings leaving Bangladesh on 27-2. New Zealand were well on top of Bangladesh within first 10 overs after debutant Hamish Bennet grabbed his first international wicket by removing Raqibul Hasan for 6.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan started the fight back with Imrul Kayes and lifted Bangladesh to 97 for 4 in 18 overs. Imrul perished for 37 while attempting to sweep Vettori after sharing a valuable 53 run partnership. Shakib batted patiently with controlled aggression while the rest of the middle order batted around him and chipped in with useful contributions.
Bangladesh failed to capitalise on the strong platform set by Shakib due to poor power play strategy and folded for 241 runs losing last 4 wickets for 24 runs after the departure of Shakib in the 43rd Over.
In reply, New Zealand lost crucial wickets early on as Shafiul bagged Brendan McCullum for the second time of the series with a brilliant reflex catch. Ross Taylor soon followed with an attempted heave reaching as far as deep square leg and after skipper Daniel Vettori picked Sohrwardi Shuvo at cover, New Zealand faced an uphill battle to chase down the modest Bangladeshi total.
Young Kane Williamson and Grant Elliott tried to rescue New Zealand with a 70 run partnership. Elliott departed in the 2nd over of the batting power play, but Williamson stood firm and reached his maiden ODI century. Williamson almost pulled off an unlikely win with Nathan McCullum, but an impressive direct hit by Naeem Islam ended the stay of Nathan McCullum and the balance of the match again tilted towards Bangladesh.
New Zealand needed 16 runs to win from the last over. Williamson managed 6 runs from the first 2 balls but his boundary attempt in the 3rd ball of the final over reached the safe hands of Raqibul Hasan and Bangladesh managed to create history on home soil by clinching the micromax ODI series with one match to spare.