New Zealand won’t take Bangladesh lightly: Boult

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:40, Mar 20,2021


New Zealand pacer Trent Boult bowls past Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah (back) during their first ODI match at University Oval in Dunedin on Saturday. — AFP photo

Despite Bangladesh’s shambolic performance in the first one-day international, New Zealand pacer Trent Boult said that the hosts won’t take Bangladesh ‘lightly’ in the remaining matches of the series.

After a lengthy preparation period, which included skill training in Christchurch, a week-long training camp in Queenstown and an intra-squad practice game, Bangladesh batters looked like fish out of water while facing the New Zealand pace attack.

Boult led the charge, picking the first and final two wickets of the Bangladesh innings to finish with 4-27 in 8.5 overs.

His efforts with the ball earned him a player-of-match award and helped his team to an easy eight-wicket win.

Despite the underwhelming performance of the opposition in both batting and bowling, Boult said that the Tigers have enough experience in their side to bounce back from the thumping in the series opener and challenge the hosts in the next games.

‘I think when you see their players on paper, the experience they have, they will be 100 per cent eager to put it all together in New Zealand,’ Boult said in post-match press conference.

‘Conditions are foreign to them compared to what they are used to, back home. They are not an opposition that we can afford to take lightly,’ he added.

Boult’s day had started in a horrid manner, when he got hit for a six in the first over off Tamim Iqbal.

But Boult turned it around soon by removing the Bangladesh skipper and didn’t look for the rest of the match.

Boult credited the bouncy University Oval pitch in Dunedin for his player-of-the match performance.

‘It has good pace and bounce. The balls are still on the rise as they go past the batsmen. It is any fast bowler’s dream. It is a good place to come and I look forward to the next time we are here.

‘I don’t think I duel with too many people but I have played against Tamim a little bit. I enjoy bowling against left-handers. I suppose it is not really too much of a secret. It was nice to see the ball swinging around a little bit. To get couple of wickets at the top and keep the pressure on the middle-order was pretty satisfying.’

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