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Latham ton helps Kiwis clinch ODI series against Bangladesh

Reuters/Wellington
Filed on March 23, 2021
New Zealand's Tom Latham (L) plays a shot during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on March 23, 2021. / AFP / SANKA VIDANAGAMA

(SANKA VIDANAGAMA)

New Zealand wobbled early in their chase but Latham’s 110 not out, his fifth ODI century, helped the hosts reach the target with 10 balls to spare

Skipper Tom Latham led from the front with an unbeaten century as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by five wickets in the second one-dayer on Tuesday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mithun had powered Bangladesh to 271-6 after being put into bat at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval.

New Zealand wobbled early in their chase but Latham’s 110 not out, his fifth ODI century, helped the hosts reach the target with 10 balls to spare.

There was a moment of controversy when Kyle Jamieson took a return catch from Tamim on 34, with the batsman given out.

TV umpire Chris Gaffaney overruled the ‘soft-signal’ on the grounds that while the catch was taken cleanly Jamieson was not in complete control of the ball as he fell to the ground and ball grazed the pitch.

Bundled out for 131 in the Dunedin opener, which New Zealand won by eight wickets, the tourists needed an improved batting display to stay alive in the three-match series.

Skipper Tamim led by example, scoring 78 before being run out. Mushfiqur Rahim had defended a ball from Jimmy Neesham before the batsmen decided to steal a single.

Neesham had no time to stoop and pick the ball up, so he kicked it onto the stumps with Tamim short of his ground.

Mithun, who smashed 73 not out off 57 balls, provided the late surge with his clever shotmaking.

New Zealand began briskly but slumped to 53-3 in the 11th over.

Latham raised 113 runs with Devon Conway (72) to calm the nerves in the New Zealand dressing room.

Tamim sent back Conway with a direct hit but Latham stayed put till the end to fashion their second successive victory.

The third and final ODI will be played in Wellington on Friday.

SCOREBOARD

Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal run out (Neesham) 78

Liton Das c Young b Henry 0

Soumya Sarkar st Latham b Santner 32

Mushfiqur Rahim c Nicholls b Santner 34

Mohammad Mithun not out 73

Mahmudullah c Guptill b Jamieson 16

Mahedi Hasan c Nicholls b Boult 7

Mohammad Saifuddin not out 7

Extras (lb6, w17, nb1) 24

Total (6 wickets; 50 overs) 271

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Das), 2-85 (Soumya), 3-133 (Tamim), 4-184 (Mushfiqur), 5-247 (Mahmudullah), 6-258 (Mahedi Hasan).

Did not bat: Mehidy Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.

Bowling: Boult 10-0-49-1 (3w), Henry 10-3-48-1 (5w), Jamieson 10-2-36-1 (2w), Neesham 9-0-73-0 (3w), Santner 10-0-51-2 (4w), Mitchell 1-0-8-0.

New Zealand

M. Guptill c & b Mustafizur 20

H. Nicholls b Hasan 13

D. Conway run out (Tamim) 72

W. Young b Hasan 1

T. Latham not out 110

J. Neesham c Soumya b Mustafizur 30

D. Mitchell not out 12

Extras: (lb4, w13) 17

Total: (5 wickets; 48.2 overs) 275

Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Guptill), 2-43 (Nicholl), 3-53 (Young), 4-166 (Conway), 5-242 (Neesham)

Did not bat: Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

Bowling: Mustafizur 8.3-0-62-2 (2w), Taskin 10-0-67-0 (3w), Mahedi 10-1-42-2 (5w), Shaifuddin 7.2-0-43-0 (1w), Miraz 10-1-38-0, Mithun 2-0-12-0 (2w), Soumya 0.3-0-7-0.

Toss: New Zealand

Result: New Zealand win by five wickets

Series: New Zealand lead 2-0

Man of the match: Tom Latham (NZL)

Umpires: Chris Brown (NZL), Wayne Knights (NZL)

TV Umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)





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