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Christchurch ODI: New Zealand Thrash Bangladesh In High Scoring Encounter 

Christchurch ODI: New Zealand Thrash Bangladesh In High Scoring Encounter
Tom Latham

New Zealand commenced their home ODI series against Bangladesh in style as they bulldozed the visitors by 77 runs to wrap up the first game at Christchurch. Entering the series on the back of some serious embarrassment (after being whitewashed by Australia recently) it was imperative for the Kiwis to begin this series on a positive note. They did just that, as powered by their batsmen, the hosts piled up a massive 341-7 on board in 50 overs.

Southpaw Tom Latham, carried on his great show with the bat after a fine tour of India as he piled up a career best score of 137 off just 121 deliveries. This was just the second ODI century for Latham and it was an entertaining knock with as many as seven boundaries and four sixes. Kane Williamson and Neil Broom got off to starts, but failed to convert them into big scores.

However, lower-order batsman cum all-rounder Colin Munro had a mighty fine day as his knock of 87 off just 61 deliveries took the Bangladeshi bowlers to the cleaners. As far as visitors’ bowling was concerned, all wicket-taking bowlers gave away runs at an economy rate of more than six. The pick of the bowlers though was the comeback man Mustafizur Rahman, who conceded 62 runs in his quota of 10 overs and picked up two wickets.

Needing 342 to win, the chase was bound to be a challenging one, but the Bangladeshi batsmen seemed to be in no shape for it. After Tamim Iqbal got off to a sluggish start, he lost partners frequently at the other end and there was no stable partnership. It was only after Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim got together, that the prospects of Bangladesh fighting hard seemed possible.

While the all-rounder played well for his 59, Rahim scored 42. Lower-order batsman Mosaddek Hussain brought up his half-century off 44 deliveries as the visitors were soon bowled over for 264 with more than five overs to spare. Pacer Lockie Ferguson and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham picked up three wickets apiece to finish off the formalities.

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