New Zealand side picked up an eight-wicket comfortable win against Bangladesh. The impressive start in bowling line from the home team gave them the thrust to reach an easy 233 target. It was the bowlers who actually set the tone, the batsmen, on the other hand, had to give an average performance.
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. However, they could not build a resistance against the perky Kiwi bowlers. The highest partnership for Bangladesh was only 33 runs, between Mithun and Saifuddin, followed by Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 18. In a nutshell, Bangladesh struggled with the bat.
After the match, captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said, ‘It was tough. We were struggling with the bat, lost too many wickets at the start. There are no excuses. We need a week to accommodate to the conditions, but I do not want to give excuses. Batting is one department we need to work on.’
On the other side, Kiwi captain Kane Williamson was satisfied with the performance of his team.
MJ Guptill was the match of the match for scoring 117 runs playing 116 balls only.
New Zealand 233/2 (44.3 overs)
Bangladesh 232/10 (48.5 overs)