Latest Match Report – New Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st ODI 2023/24

30 overs New Zealand Defeat 239 for 7 (Young 105, Latham 92, Shoribul 2-28) Bangladesh 200 for 9 (Anamul 43, Clarkson 2-24, Sodhi 2-35, Milne 2-46) 44 runs (TLS method)

Centurion Will Young and captain Tom Latham put on 171 for the third wicket as New Zealand cruised to a 1-0 lead over Bangladesh in the rain-affected first ODI in Dunedin. Chasing a tough and revised target of 245 in 30 overs, Bangladesh lacked big scores or partnerships.
They looked like they had a chance when they were 80 for 2 in the 12th over. But once debutant Josh Clarkson dismissed the well-set Anamul Huq and Liton Das in successive overs, and Raheem dropped Ravindra Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh never recovered from 103. 5 for apart from some late fireworks from Afif Hossain and Mehdi Hasan Miraz.

After rain reduced the game to 46 overs a side early after the toss, New Zealand got off to a rocky start when Shoriful Islam edged Rachin Ravindra and Henry Nicholls for a duck in the first over. From 2 for 5, Young and Latham began a recovery, but Latham was bowled for 18 when Sowmiya Sarkar dropped a catch over the head of Mustafizur Rahman at second slip. The innings was interrupted twice by rain; First in the 14th over, the match became 40 overs apiece, then in the 20th over New Zealand scored 108 for 2. Latham against Mehidi and Young against Mustafizur hit back-to-back boundaries. Pushed the run rate to 5.50.

As Latham brought up 4000 ODI runs, scoring 50 off 58 balls, a very long rain interruption came in the 20th over that reduced the match to a 30-over affair. After play resumed, Latham and Young hit Soumya for two sixes in one over, and Latham also hit Mehidi at long-on into the car park and hit Soumya on the leg-side for three successive fours. Young, after bringing up his half-century in 61 balls, quickened the pace by swatting Shoribul for two boundaries in an over on the leg side that made it 159 for 2 with six overs remaining.

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Running out of options, Bangladesh brought on Afif but he too belted two sixes before Mehidi finally gave them some respite as Latham was dismissed for 92 off 77 balls. Mark Chapman hit two sixes and a four off his first ball. In the first six balls, Young reached 89 from 72 in an over with four more fours off Soumya. In Mehidi’s dramatic 29th over, Young hit a four and a six to score 99 before Chapman was run out and Young reached his third ODI century in 82 balls. Bangladesh conceded just eight runs and suffered three run-outs in the final over, but New Zealand hammered 131 runs off the last 64 balls after the last rain break to amass 239 runs.

Set a revised target of 245, Bangladesh were dismissed by Adam Milne in the first over before Anamul and Najmul Hossain Santo took them to 50. However, Ish Sodhi rounded Shando off his fourth ball. His legs went through the reverse sweep, and when Anamul and Lytton looked to be going smoothly, Clarkson hit a couple of short balls. He first instigates a leading edge and takes a return catch off Anamul, then slowly bowls the bouncer, catching Lytton behind. Like Sandhu, Mushfiqur was dismissed when his reverse sweep was caught by wicketkeeper Tom Blundell on his top edge. Bangladesh were reeling at 103 for 5 at an asking rate of just over 10 per over.

Bangladesh were still in the game, with Dawht Hridoi and Afif putting on a 38-ball 56, but it was still not enough to reduce the asking rate. They slipped further when Sodhi returned and Hridoi caught a rang’on at long leg, Afif caught at short midwicket in the next over. One fell short of 80 with three wickets in hand in 6 overs, and Mehidi’s blows saw Bangladesh reach 200.

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