Kiwis win series 3-0 after sensational contest against BD
CHRISTCHURCH: Despite a brilliant century by young Imrul Kayes Bangladesh fell to a 0-3 one-day cricket series whitewash here at AMI Stadium on Thursday.
An outstanding 91 from Martin Guptill was crucial to New Zealand''s successful chase of 242 in the third and final One-day International, although his support network was lacking as his side had only three wickets to spare when the winning runs were hit with 5.1 overs remaining.
The tourists were highly competitive due to an impressive maiden one-day century to Imrul Kayes, who hit 101 in their 241 for nine, and skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who starred with the ball in taking four for 33.
Guptill was the glue that held New Zealand together and by the time he left the scene they were coasting at 195 for five with 15 overs remaining after he had helped himself to nine fours and three sixes in a classy display.
They should have cantered home from there but three wickets fell for 15 runs when Neil Broom was bowled for 18 by Al Hasan then Jacob Oram spooned up a soft catch on 12 one ball after depositing spinner Naeem Islam down the ground for a big six.
Suddenly wickets became an issue. At 210 for seven, it brought Ian Butler to the crease with another recent arrival James Franklin, who was batting with the aid of a runner after injuring himself during Bangladesh''s innings.
Under pressure for the first time in the series, the hosts responded as this pair put on 34 to get their team across the line and stretch New Zealand''s one-day record against the tourists to 16 wins in 17 matches.