Tigers whitewashed by Kiwis in ODI series

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Tigers whitewashed by Kiwis in ODI series

Tigers whitewashed by Kiwis in ODI series

The Bangladesh national cricket team have been whitewashed by hosts New Zealand in the three-match One Day International series.

Bangladesh faced the humiliation after they lost the third and final ODI by 8 wickets at Saxton Oval, Nelson on Saturday following the defeats of 67 runs and 77 runs respectively in the previous 2 matches.

Openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes gave Bangladesh a solid start and added 102 for the first wicket after skipper Mashrafe Mortaza won toss and chose to bat in a must win match to avoid clean sweep.

Tamim scored 59 off 88 balls hitting 5 fours. His partner Imrul Kayes added 44 off 62 with 4 boundaries and an over-boundary.

However, the Tigers collapsed in the middle order and lost 7 wickets for 77 runs. Nurul Hasan`s cameo - 44 off 39 balls, including three fours and a six - then hauled them to 236 for 9 in 50 overs.

To defend a low total of 236, Bangladesh pace bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman started well and removed Kiwi opener Tom Latham in the second over. Their changes of avoiding the whitewash brightened after Martin Guptill returned to pavilion being retired hurt in the next over.

However, Bangladesh let the match go off their clutch as Imrul Kayes dropped Neil Broom at first slip off Mustafizur Rahman in the next over.

Broom then smashed a run-a-ball 97 before Mustafizur made him caught by Mashrafe in the 35th over. However, Broom and Kane Williamson made a 179-run partnership in the third wicket to complete the whitewash.

Williamson, the Kiwi skipper, then added 44 runs more with James Neesham in the fourth wicket unbeaten partnership to surpass the target with 8 wickets and 52 balls to spare. He was unbeaten on 95 off 116 balls and smashed 9 boundaries and 1 over-boundary while Neesham contributed 28 not out off 23.

 Williamson was awarded the Player of the Match prize for his outstanding unbeaten knock.

Mustafizur Rahman was the only successful bowler for Bangladesh who claimed 2 wickets for 32 runs in 9.2 overs.
The Tigers will now face the Kiwis in the first of the three-match T20I series at Napier on January 3.