Tanzim, Shoriful and Sarkar powered Bangladesh to their ODI win over New Zealand in their backyard at the third One-Day International at Napier, Bangladesh’s seamers crushed New Zealand for 98 in an overwhelming nine-wicket victory that helped the visitors stave off a series rout. Against Bangladesh, this was the lowest total for New Zealand.

Bangladesh achieved their maiden ODI victory against New Zealand in their own backyard on Saturday, proving the worth of the visitors, who had been warned about by New Zealand head coach Gary Stead about their improved pace attack in away conditions.

Just four batters from New Zealand scored in double figures, with Soumya Sarkar, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, and Shoriful Islam taking three wickets apiece.

Bangladesh’s celebration began when Tanzim squared up Rachin Ravindra, causing him to go behind in the fourth over. Then, in the eighth, he defeated Henry Nicholls with a short ball.

Tom Latham and Will Young, who ended up becoming the series’ highest scorer, then offered some resistance as they contributed 36 runs for the third wicket. However, Shoriful bowled Latham through the gate with a nip-backer, setting off a sequence of events that resulted in New Zealand losing four wickets in five overs and twelve runs. Young was edged to a gully by Shoriful, who then castled Mark Chapman with another well-timed pass. Tanzim then made New Zealand 70 for 6 when he had Tom Blundell caught at backward point.

Then Sarkar took over, causing Adithya Ashok to nick off and taking out Josh Clarkson and Adam Milne. The last wicket was taken by Mustafizur Rahman, who finished the demolition.

The opening batsmen for Bangladesh were cautious at first, however Sarkar had to be substituted due to an injury to his right eye. He attempted using water and even an eye drop, but he was unable to continue.

As Bangladesh changed tactics, Anamul Haque smashed Jacob Duffy for two boundaries in the following over. In the tenth and eleventh overs, Will O’Rourke and Clarkson each let up three boundaries as Anamul and Najmul Hossain Shanto sprinted toward the meager mark. Two overs later, Shanto completed the victory with a 42-ball half-century, but it was too little, too late for O’Rourke, who had Anamul edge ahead for a 37 off 33 balls.


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