After some struggling performances, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has finally returned to the form during the first ODI of the home series against Bangladesh. Later, in the presentation ceremony, the Player of the Match award winner Martin Guptill was interviewed by his wife.
On Wednesday (13 February), New Zealand and Bangladesh met in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series at Napier. New Zealand maintained their 100% home winning record against Bangladesh as they beat them by eight wickets.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza decided to bat first after winning the toss. However, they had the poor start as Bangladesh was struggling on 50/4 at the end of the first powerplay. Later they went down to 94/6 and 131/7. Finally, Mohammad Mithun and Mohammad Shaifuddin provided a crucial 84-run partnership for the eighth wicket to manage a respectable fighting total. While Mohammad Mithun scored 62 runs off 90 balls, Mohammad Shaifuddin played the knock of 41 off 58 balls. New Zealand bowled out the visiting side for 232 runs in 48.5 overs.
Among the New Zealand bowlers, the left-arm pacer Trent Boult (3/40) and the left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (3/45) picked up three wickets each. Also, Matt Henry (2/48) and Lockie Ferguson (2/44) took two wickets each.
Martin Guptill played a match-winning century knock
In reply, New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls provided the perfect start with a 103-run partnership. After Henry Nicholls lost his wicket on 53 runs, Martin Guptill carried that innings and guided the team to a solid victory. The Kiwi opener completed his 15th ODI century in 103 balls. He remained not out on 117 runs off 116 balls (eight boundaries and four over-boundaries) while the hosts chased down the target in 44.3 overs after losing just two wickets. Ross Taylor was also not out on 45 runs off 49 balls.
Martin Guptill won the Player of the Match award for his brilliant batting performance in that ODI. During the presentation ceremony, Martin Guptill’s wife, Laura McGoldrick took the interview of the Player of the Match award winner.
He said in that presentation ceremony, “The most pleasing thing was how the guys restricted Bangladesh up front with the ball. Losing 4 wickets in the first 10 is really tough to come back from. It (his back) is going to be a bit stiff. It is nice to see the boys home. Sometimes yes, sometimes no (time off from cricket helps) it still didn’t feel fluent. At most parts, we talk to each other but he (Taylor) just lets me through as I bat longer.”