Kiwis net easy win over Tigers

Quamrul Hassan | Update:

.New Zealand strolled to an easy four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in their tri-nation series game in Dublin on Wednesday.


Chasing 258, a concerted effort from the Kiwis batsmen led them home as they made it two wins in as many games in the tournament.


Winning the toss, Black Caps skipper Tom Latham asked the Tigers to bat first and openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya gave Bangladesh the perfect start.


When James Neesham removed Tamim after the left-handed batsman made 23, Bangladesh already had 72. Soumya (61) soon followed his opening partner, as did Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan, who both fell cheaply, but skipper Mushfiq and Mahmudullah made sure the Tigers make a decent total.


However, both of them fell shortly after reaching fifties, Mushfiq making 55 and Mahmudullah 51.


Number seven batsman Mosaddek Hossain added a run-a-ball 41 to lead the Bangladesh side past 250.


Hamish Bennett was the most successful bowler for the winners, as the paceman bagged three wickets while Neesham and Ish Sodhi grabbed two wickets each.


Mustafizur Rahman removed opener Luke Ronchi (27) with New Zealand's score on 39, but although the Black Caps lost a wicket every now and then, a team effort proved decisive.


After the fall of skipper Tom Latham, who hit 54 in 64 balls thanks to three fours and a six, Mustafiz trapped Ross Taylor leg before to leave the score on 147 for 4, and Bangladesh were dreaming of a victory. However, an 80-run partnership between Neesham and Neil Broom frustrated the Tigers.


Man-of-the-match Neesham hit 52 off 48 thanks to five fours and a six, while Broom added 48 in 65 deliveries.


Bangladesh will play their next game against hosts Ireland on Friday.

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