Bangladesh began their month-long New Zealand tour with a two-wicket defeat against a New Zealand XI in their lone one-day tour match at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval Stadium in Lincoln on Sunday.
Bangladesh took the field without their regular skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza and Tamim Iqbal as the team played under the leadership of Mehedi Hasan while New Zealand’s front-line players also did not play the game.
Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim struck fifties while a returning Sabbir Rahman made 40 runs but rest of the batters failed to impress as Bangladesh were bundled out on 247 in 46.1 overs.
Kiwi opener Andrew Fletcher set-up his team’s victory, scoring 92 off 112 balls while skipper Jeet Raval supported him with 52 as the home side reached 251-8 in 48.1 overs.
Earlier, Bangladesh lost four quick wickets after being sent to bat first with Ian McPeake and Andrew Hazeldine picking up two wickets each to reduce Bangladesh to 31-4 in eight overs.
Mushfiq and Mahmudullah then came to the rescue of Bangladesh and resurrected the innings with a 108-run fifth wicket stand off 113 balls.
Sean Solia ended their resistance in the 27th over when he uprooted a well-set Mushfiq on 62 off 61 balls with the score on 139-5.
Mahmudullah and Sabbir then added 35-run for the sixth wicket before McPeake again disrupted the flow of Bangladesh’s innings by dismissing Mahmudullah on 72 off 88 balls.
Sabbir then forged two small partnerships with skipper Mehedi (seven) and Nayeem Hasan (17 not out) before getting caught off left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra in the 42nd over.
McPeake, who finished with 4-38, dismissed Mustafizur Rahman (12) to end Bangladesh’s innings three-run short of the 250-run mark.
In reply, Fletcher and skipper Raval put together a commanding 114-run opening stand to place their team in the driving seat.
Off-spinner Nayeem finally broke the stand by dismissing Raval in the 22nd over.
Fltecher kept on batting his merry way and was looking good for a hundred before Mustafizur trapped him leg-before in the 36th over, eight runs short of the feat with the score on 182-3.
New Zealand lost two more wickets in quick succession before Finn Allen struck a run-a-ball 30 to take them to 241-5.
But his dismissal in the 45th over caused some late drama as the Kiwis lost three wickets in space of four runs to be reduced to 245-8.
Wicketkeeper Max Chu (seven) and Hazeldine (two) countered the late storm to take their side home.
Bangladesh will face New Zealand for the first ODI of the three-match series on Wednesday in Napier.
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