Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, has breathed a sigh of relief after New Zealand leveled the three-match series 1-1 yesterday in Mirpur. Bangladesh's historic seven-wicket win in the series opener, followed by another good bowling performance, left New Zealand under pressure defending 212 but the visiting bowlers came good when it really mattered. The pitch for the second ODI, however, did not impress Vettori.
"Absolutely it's a relief. I think when you lose the first game and put a mediocre total on board than there are some concerns," Vettori said. "So we were a little nervous in the dressing room even though we scored 200-plus runs."
Vettori was not pleased with New Zealand's second under-par batting display, and hoped they would do better in Chittagong, venue of the final ODI, provided a good pitch was prepared. "It wasn't the greatest score and we are lucky that Jacob [Oram] put some runs on the board for us. Once again we were scratched with the ball and Bangladesh bowled very well at the start and put pressure on us," he said. "So it's another disappointing batting performance, but on a difficult wicket. I don't think the wicket was very good for one-day cricket. We were lucky to get 212 and in the end it was good enough. We hope Chittagong will offer a true ODI wicket."
Bangladesh were in with a good chance to register a rare series win after reducing New Zealand to another poor total, but were bowled out for 137. Mohammad Ashraful, the losing captain, blamed it on 'slow batting'.
"Yes, we were close to a series victory as our bowling and fielding was good but we batted too slowly. It was not easy to bat on this kind of wicket where the ball stops a bit," Ashraful said. "It's very difficult to judge the ball and it was difficult to make up when we scored only 50 runs off 20 overs. In this situation you can only chase down if you had a good start,"
Ashraful's 86-ball 40 was the best score in a poor Bangladesh reply. "It was tough to comeback in the match after the departure of Shakib [Al Hasan]. The asking run-rate went high," he said. "We had a plan to take the Powerplay early but everything changed after the dismissal of Shakib. If we had not lost a few quick wickets then we might have used the Powerplay at a later stage. I must say they [New Zealand] read the pitch brilliantly and bowled very well."
NZ beat BD in 3rd ODI to win series 2-1
CHITTAGONG: Ross Taylor hit a fighting hundred to help New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 79 runs in the third and final one-day international here on Tuesday for a 2-1 win in the three-match series.
The 24-year-old Taylor, who scored 103 for his third one-day century, carried New Zealand to a decent 249-7 in 50 overs before the visitors restricted Bangladesh to 170-8.
Bangladesh were seeking their first series win over a major Test playing country before a 14,000 capacity crowd at the Divisional Stadium, but it was the tourists who took the honours.
"We would have loved to make it 3-0 but a win is a win," said New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori.
"Taylor set up the win and had we not lost (Jacob) Oram early we were targetting 300 runs. But 250 was a decent target," said Vettori.
In reply, only Tamim Iqbal (35) batted with authority for the hosts as paceman Kyle Mills initiated the slump by removing opener Zunaed Siddique (one) before Oram dismissed debutant Imrul Kayes (12) and skipper Mohammad Ashraful (eight) in his incisive five-over first spell.
Off-spinner Jeetan Patel then took over, dismissing dangerous-looking local boy Iqbal and then accounting for Shakib Al Hasan (one) to end all hopes of Bangladesh successfully chasing the target.
From 98-7, Naeem Islam (46 not out) and Abdur Razzak (28) gave the score some respectability but it only delayed the inevitable.
"From a good position of 49-1 we lost four wickets," Bangladesh's Australian coach Jamie Siddons said.
"We did the same in the second match where we lost crucial wickets and spurned a chance to win the series there. Taylor showed how our batsmen should have batted."
Earlier, it was Taylor who was the hero for New Zealand after the visitors won the toss and batted.
The tall right-hander put on 125 runs for the third wicket with Jamie How (73) to rescue New Zealand from the early loss of openers Jesse Ryder (three) and Brendon McCullum (six).
Taylor hit five fours and four towering sixes in his 119-ball knock, finally falling in the 47th over, caught behind off paceman Mashrafe Mortaza's full toss.
How provided valuable support, hitting ten boundaries in his 82-ball innings -- his seventh half-century in one-day cricket -- before he was adjudged leg before wicket to off-spinner Islam.
Oram, who scored 57 and 75 not out in the first two matches, was caught at deep mid-wicket for just three, while Scott Styris fell for 12 but Taylor continued the good work.
Skipper Vettori (19) and Mills (18) remained not out.
New Zealand now play Bangladesh in the first of two Tests starting here from Friday.
The second Test starts in Dhaka from October 25
Bangladesh names squad for New Zealand Test
DHAKA: Bangladesh announced a 13-member squad for two-test series against New Zealand here on Wednesday.
Rajin Saleh has been recalled for the two-Test series against Kiwis after the middle-order batsman spent a year in the wilderness. The 24-year-old Saleh, who last played against Sri Lanka in 2007, was regarded as one of the finest Test batsmen in the country during his 22-match Test career before he lost form.
The first Test starts here Friday. The second Test will be played at Dhaka from October 25. Bangladesh have also included left-arm spinner Mehrab Hossain and uncapped rookie paceman Mahbubul Alam in an attempt to balance the bowling attack.
The home team lost the three-match one-day series 2-1.
Squad: Mohammad Ashraful (capt), Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Zunaed Siddique, Rajin Saleh, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehrab Hossain, Naeem Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel, Shahadat Hossain, Mahbubul Alam.
Six-wicket Hasan gives Bangladesh edge in first Test
CHITTAGONG: Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan took a maiden five-wicket haul to help Bangladesh gain an upper hand over New Zealand on the second day of the opening Test here on Saturday.
The 21-year-old turned his left arm with magical effect to take 6-31, leaving the tourists reeling at 155-9 after Daniel Vettori took five wickets to shoot Bangladesh out for 245 in the first innings.
Vettori the batsman then held fort for the visitors as he went unbeaten on a pugnacious 48 with number ten Jeetan Patel falling in the last over of the day for nought, leaving the tourists 90 runs behind.
"I am happy to have contributed with the ball," said Hasan, who skipped the tour of Australia last month because of college exams and is better known for his left-handed batting, though he only managed five runs here.
"I just bowled in the right areas and was rewarded. It's now up to us to not lose such a good chance of winning the Test."
Hasan had Jamie How (16) and debutant Jesse Ryder (one) out in successive overs, before trapping Aaron Redmond (19) to wrestle back the initiative for the home team.
Hasan, who had just three wickets to show in his previous six Tests, then got the prized wickets of Brendon McCullum (25) and Jacob Oram (nought) to leave New Zealand in tatters at 100-7 before Vettori and Kyle Mills put up some fight.
In between left-arm spin partner Abdur Razzak trapped Ross Taylor for 12. Daniel Flynn (19) and McCullum did try to take the attack to the bowlers, with Flynn hoisting two boundaries and a six before he edged to wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim to give debutant Naeem Islam a wicket in his first over.
Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day
Shakib helps stretch lead to 258
Bangladesh 245 and 184 for 8 (Shakib 71, Vettori 4-39) lead New Zealand 171 (Vettori 55*, Shakib 7-36) by 258 runs
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