Guptill stars in Black Caps’ series win
Martin Guptill hit his second consecutive ODI century as New Zealand cantered to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh on Saturday.
The Black Caps secured the three-match series in convincing fashion at Hagley Oval, chasing down a target of 227 in just 36.1 overs.
Opener Guptill, fresh from an unbeaten 117 in Napier, went one better on Saturday, eventually holing out for 118 after cracking 14 fours and four sixes during his 88-ball stay.
His 143-run partnership with Kane Williamson for the second wicket put New Zealand well on its way to victory.
Williamson, who was unbeaten on 65 from 86 deliveries, completed the victory via a boundary with 83 balls to spare.
After being sent in, Bangladesh lost its openers inside seven overs with Liton Das caught on the boundary off Trent Boult for one before Tamim Iqbal was trapped lbw for five by Matt Henry.
Mohammad Mithun top-scored with 57 and Sabbir Rahman (43) was the other major contributor as the pair put on 75 for the sixth wicket.
However, the New Zealand attack was never stressed with pace bowler Lockie Ferguson (3-43) leading the way as Bangladesh was dismissed for 226 with two balls remaining.
Guptill picked up where he left off in Napier, but was notably more aggressive, feasting off anything short or wide from the Bangladesh attack.He took just 33 balls to reach 50 and continued the onslaught, clubbing Mahmudullah for a big six straight over long off.
Leading into his Napier innings, Guptill had endured a rough time, scoring just 62 runs in six ODI innings since posting 138 against Sri Lanka in Mount Maunganui on January 3.
Mithun went on to make New Zealand pay, combining for a 75-run sixth wicket stand with Sabbir Rahman. The elegant Mithun was again impressive, backing up his Napier knock with 57 and helping restore credibility for the visitor after it again lost top order wickets early.
Sabbir chipped in with a handy 43, which featured seven boundaries, and offered the support Mithun needed at the other end.
Taylor, who is battling with a double dislocation in the little finger on his left hand sustained in the T20 match against Sri Lanka, wasn’t the only Black Cap to suffer the fielding blues.
Todd Astle started the rot, when he put down Mushfiqur at short midwicket offMatt Henry when he was on five.
New Zealand wasn’t finishing with Henry Nicholls unable to hold the toughest chance of the four put down at deep cover. Nicholls did all the hard work, but bobbled the ball after getting his hands to it, keeping Mehidy Miraz at the wicket.
Nicholls made amends in the next over, comfortably taking the catch at point to send Mehidy on his way off Jimmy Neesham’s bowling. New Zealad was again guilty of letting Bangladesh get away on it with the bat, having had it on the ropes at 93-5.
Williamson won a valuable coin toss and had no hesitation putting Bangladesh in after early morning drizzle in Christchurch and overcast overhead conditions.
Bangladesh was in strife at 48-3 in the 13th over when the aggressive Soumya Sarkar departed for a quickfire 22 in de Grandhomme’s first over.
It was a bizarre first over from de Grandhomme, who bowled three wides in his first four deliveries and sent down five wides in what proved a long opening over.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 226 all out in 49.4 overs (Mohammed Mithun 57, Sabbir Rahman 43, Lockie Ferguson 3/43) lost to New Zealand 229/2 in 36.1 overs (Martin Guptill 118, Kane Williamson 65*, M Rahman 2/42)