In today’s second ODI of the three-match series at the Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand is closing in on a series-clinching victory against Bangladesh after reaching 262 for three after 41 overs, with Henry Nicholls falling five runs short of a century.
At mid-wicket, Nicholls produced a straight delivery from Shoriful Islam to Rishad Hossain, ending his 99-ball spell in the middle. Along with Will Young, who reached 89, the left-hander, who hit eight fours and a six, stole the match from Bangladesh.
Tom Blundell has now joined skipper Tom Lathan, who is 22 off 18 balls.
Young is out for 89, but the Kiwis win
In the second ODI of the three-match series at the Saxton Oval in Nelson today, Hasan Mahmud got his second wicket to remove Will Young at 89. New Zealand, on the other hand, were well on their way to chasing down Bangladesh’s mark, reaching 204-2 after 33 overs.
throughout the penultimate ball of the 33rd over, Young, who smashed eight fours and two sixes throughout his knock, gave Hasan a return catch, ending a 128-run partnership with Henry Nicholls, who is undefeated on 63.
Tom Latham, the Kiwi captain, is now in the middle.
If Bangladesh want to put the hosts to the test, they will need to take a few more quick wickets as they appear to be well-positioned to easily chase down the target.
Bangladesh seems to be in control as the Kiwis hunt for wickets.
As Bangladesh anxiously hunts for their second wicket in today’s second ODI of the three-match series at the Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand seems comfortable in their 292-run chase after 21 overs, reaching 132 for one.
With 62 runs scored, Will Young has already reached his half-century, while Henry Nicolls is keeping him company with 23. In just 60 deliveries, the partnership has added 56 runs and maintained the necessary rate below six.
Rishad Hossain, a rookie leg-spinner for Bangladesh, has joined the attack but has given up eight runs in his first two overs without taking a wicket.
Hasan provides Bangladesh’s initial breakthrough.
In the second ODI of the three-match series at the Saxton Oval in Nelson today, Bangladesh made their first breakthrough immediately after the opening powerplay when Hasan Mahmud bowled the dangerous-looking Rachin Ravindra for 45 off 33 balls. The Kiwis reached 76-1 after 11 overs chasing 292.
After hitting seven fours and a six, Ravindra was caught by Rishad Hossain at deep midwicket.
Will Young, his opening partner, is now partnered with Henry Nicholls and is undefeated as of 30.
During the first powerplay, where the Kiwis scored 61 runs, the speed trio of Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Hasan, and Shoriful Islam of Bangladesh were unable to gain any ground.
Earlier, Bangladesh achieved 291 all out in 49.5 overs thanks to a career-best ODI performance of 169 from just 151 deliveries by Soumya Sarkar.
Tigers are pushed to 291 by Soumya’s career-best 169.
In their second of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand at Saxton Oval today, Soumya Sarkar struck a career-best ODI score of 169 off just 151 deliveries to help Bangladesh record 291 all out in 49.5 overs, the highest ODI total for the Tigers against New Zealand in their backyard.
In an attempt to hit a William O’Rourke delivery for a boundary in the last over of the innings, Soumya gave a catch to extra cover, capping an explosive knock that included 22 boundaries and two maximums. After Liton Das’ 176 against Zimbabwe, the left-hander’s innings is now the second-best by a Bangladeshi player in One-Day Internationals.
Furthermore, it was Soumya’s third ODI ton.
In addition, Soumya accomplished a noteworthy feat: his score of 169 currently stands as the highest individual Asian score in New Zealand. In Christchurch in 2009, he beat the previous mark set by Sachin Tendulkar, which was 163 not out against New Zealand.
Soumya increased the ante shortly after reaching the much anticipated three-figure mark off 116 deliveries, providing Bangladesh with the much-needed run-rate lift in the latter stages of the innings.
After reaching 100, Soumya hit Adam Milne for two consecutive boundaries in the 41st over, one on a short delivery over mid-wicket and the other on a drive over mid-off. In Milne’s next over, he produced his finest shot of the innings when the left-hander raced down the ground to smash a short delivery over mid-wicket for a ninety-meter six.
In just 28 deliveries, Soumya advanced from 100 to 150 with a flurry of boundaries.
To help Bangladesh recover from a dangerous 44 for three, Soumya had been outstanding in stands of 91, 61, and 40 for the fifth, sixth, and seventh wickets with Mushfiqur Rahim (45 off 57), Mehedi Hasan Miraz (19 off 26), and Tanzim Hasan Sakib (13 off 11).
Both pacers for New Zealand, William O’Rourke and Jacob Duffy, claimed three wickets apiece; the latter got all three in the last over, which enabled the Kiwis to keep the total below 300 runs.
First ODI century for Soumya in more than five years
After making a statement after returning to the national team, Soumya Sarkar took the monkey off his back by hitting his third ODI century in today’s second ODI against New Zealand in Nelson.
But Soumya relied much on luck to get his century off 116 balls; he was dropped twice, on 51 and 92, and he just avoided being dismissed on 58. Additionally, it was Soumya’s first ODI ton in more than five years. The left-hander’s final hundred in the format was achieved in Chattogram in 2018 against Zimbabwe.
After being left out of the World Cup team due to a prolonged period of poor form, which limited him to participating in just two One-Day Internationals this year prior to this series, the left-hander was invited back into the side. Due to his lack of memorable performances on the home circuit in recent years, many were taken aback by his return to the national team, which raised doubts and concerns.
But Soumya survived to reach a historic score despite a few near misses, which will undoubtedly give the left-handed hitter a much-needed confidence boost.
While Bangladesh lost wickets nearly every time things seemed promising, Soumya played aggressively to gain runs and was spared numerous times. Mushfiqur’s most recent wicket, at 45, put a stop to a critical fifth-wicket partnership that saw 91 runs, forcing the Tigers to reconstruct the game from scratch.
Bangladesh reached 194 for five after 40 overs, with Mehedi Hasan Miraz still standing at 10 off 17 and Soumya undefeated at 102 off 118.
Mushy star Soumya in a fifty-plus stand
With Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim initiating the rebuilding process after the tragic run-out of Towhid Hridoy in today’s second edition of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand at Saxton Oval in Nelson, Bangladesh has begun to appear a little more at ease in the game.
Following their downfall to three wickets for 44 in 9.4 overs, the Tigers rallied behind Soumya and Hridoy’s 36-run partnership. But after Soumya had hit a Josh Clarkson delivery clean, Hridoy, the non-striker, was forced to leave the field because the bowler managed to get some contact on the ball before it struck the bowler’s stumps. After a 16-ball 12, Hridoy was forced to return, taking him by surprise as he was out of his crease.
After that, though, Bangladesh’s batsmen have taken center stage, with the exception of a few near misses for Soumya, who scored his first fifty in an ODI after more than four years. The left-handed hitter survived a fright on 58 when he top-edged an Adithya Ashok ball in the 25th over, only to see it escape the hands of a diving Adam Milne inside the inner circle. Rachin Ravindra dropped the left-handed batter on 51 in the cover region off Clarkson’s bowling in the 21st over.
Soumya hasn’t really altered his aggressive style despite a few near misses, since he has eliminated nearly all of the poor deliveries. Soumya did not hesitate to charge and put leggie Ashok for a boundary with a lofted ball over mid-off, despite the long off not being in place. In the same over, he hit another boundary when he hammered the bowler past cover.
Mushfiqur played with ease from the other end, having already executed his sweeps and reverse sweeps. With just 79 deliveries, Soumya and Mushfiqur’s alliance has reached 70.
Bangladesh, after 30 overs, reached 150 for four.
Bijoy, Shanto, and Liton leave early, while Soumya has a bright start
As the Tigers lost three early wickets in their second ODI encounter of the three-match series against hosts New Zealand at Saxton Oval in Nelson today, Bangladesh are in trouble.
Following the departure of opener Anamul Haque Bijoy, who faltered to two off twelve deliveries, the Tigers lost captain Najmul Hossain Shanto and Liton Das shortly after. But there was one encouraging development for Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar, who has been under fire recently for failing to provide an adequate explanation for his return to the national team, appeared to be settling back into a groove following a period of instability.
In the eighth over, Shanto got a leading edge off a delivery from Jacob Duffy that appeared to have shocked the left-handed batter with some extra bounce. After 7.2 overs, it gave Henry Nicholls an easy catch at cover, bringing Bangladesh down to two for 36.
In his very next over, Duffy claimed another vital wicket when he forced Liton to toss his bat at a wide delivery, only for Will Young to collect it at the cover-point area. After only six for 11, Liton fell cheaply. He had just pulled Duffy for a boundary the previous delivery, but he could not resist going for another one.
Soumya, meanwhile, overcame a nervous first over to knock six boundaries en route to hitting 28 off 26 deliveries thus far. In the seventh over, the left-handed hitter welcomed William O’Rourke, who was playing in just his second ODI, into the attack with three boundaries. Bangladesh is often losing wickets, therefore the Tigers are really hoping that Soumya can turn his start into something significant today.
Following the conclusion of the first Powerplay, Bangladesh advanced to 44 for three.
Bangladesh loses Bijoy too soon.
At Saxton Oval in Nelson today, Bangladesh’s top-order woes persisted as the Tigers lost opener Anamul Haque Bijoy early in the second of the three-match ODI series against hosts New Zealand.
Bangladesh have found it difficult to get going, with the Kiwi pacers getting just about enough swing and sufficient carry from the surface. Bijoy, who scored the most runs for the team in the first game’s 44-run loss, was unable to leave his mark today as he fell after only two runs off of 12 deliveries.
In the fifth over, Bijoy, who looked to be having trouble connecting from the start, edged an outswinging delivery from Adam Milne and was caught at slip.
Bangladesh, after six overs, was 24 for 1.
In the second ODI versus the Kiwis, Rishad makes his batting debut for the Tigers.
In today’s second encounter of their three-match ODI series against Bangladesh at Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl.
Bangladesh has made two changes to the eleven that played in the first ODI in Dunedin, where they were defeated by 44 runs (by DLS). Young pacer Tanzim Hasan Sakib returns to the team, and legspinner Rishad Hossain gets his first ODI wicket. It is Rishad’s third T20I.
The left-arm bowler Mustafizur Rahman, who was selected by the Chennai Super Kings last night for a base price of INR 2 crore in the IPL 2024 auction, and Afif Hossain have been dropped.
A change has also been made to the playing eleven for New Zealand. Ish Sodhi is replaced in a like-for-like manner by young 21-year-old leggie Adithya Ashok, who is playing in his first ODI.
The Bangladeshi team managed by Najmul Hossain Shanto will want to do better than they did in the opening match after traveling back to the only location where the Tigers have ever experienced success in an ODI.In addition to ending their 17-game losing skid against the Kiwis in New Zealand, a victory for the Tigers today would ensure their continued participation in the series.
Bangladesh had just ever triumphed in an ODI, which they played in Nelson, seven years prior, against Scotland in a World Cup match that saw them win by six wickets. In the two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) that the Tigers played against the hosts in Nelson in 2016, they were soundly defeated.
Bangladesh: Rishad Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Liton Das, Anamul Haque, Najmul Hossain Shanto(c), Soumya Sarkar, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim(w).
Rachin Ravindra, Henry Nicholls, Will Young, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Adam Milne, Adithya Ashok, Jacob Duffy, William ORourke, and Tom Latham (c), Tom Blundell (w), are the players from New Zealand.