Tigers collapse to 131 in series opener against New Zealand

Bangladesh collapsed to 131 all-out in 41.5 overs in the three-match ODI series opener against New Zealand on Saturday at the University Oval, Dunedin.

New Zealand won the toss and sent in Bangladesh. Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh captain, smashed Trent Boult for a six in the first over of the match, but nothing much went Bangladesh’s way since then.

Tamim was trapped lbw by Boult in the fifth over. Soumya Sarkar, who was promoted to number three in the batting order, also got dismissed in the same over, adding nothing to the board.

Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim added 23 runs together in the third wicket stand but the partnership did not last long. Liton soon fell prey to part-timer James Neesham.

Bangladesh got the first of their biggest two partnerships in this game when Mushfiqur and Mohammad Mithun added 27 runs for the fourth wicket.

But an unfortunate dismissal of Mithun broke the partnership.

Mahedi Hasan and Taskin Ahmed accompanied Mahmudullah in two more partnerships to add 20 and 27 runs on the board, respectively.

Mahedi started well with a six, but he failed to bat longer in his maiden game in New Zealand for the national team.

Off the first ball of the second batting powerplay, Mahumudllah was caught by Mitchel Santner in the mid-wicket area.

Scoring 27 off 64 balls, Mahmudullah was the highest run getter for Bangladesh in this match while Mushfiqur posted 23. None of the other batsmen was able to pass the 20-run mark.

For New Zealand, ace pacer Trent Boult bagged four wickets conceding 27 runs in 8.5 overs, while Neesham and Santer picked up two wickets each.

Source: United News of Bangladesh