Saturday, 6 February 2010

New Zealand Start their assult on Bangladesh

This was one such apple pie for the Kiwis which they would have welcomed with both hands. For, this is one such series in which even lesser known players can come out with a big knock or an innings of their life. Bangladesh is one such team regarding whom a whitewash can be expected. This is one way by which Bangladesh can help other teams. India recently played a two match test series against Bangladesh which they won 2-0 (obviously) and this in turn helped India maintain their recently acquired number one status in test cricket. And now, it is New Zealand's turn to rejoice.

Irrespective of whoever wins the toss, there can at most times be only one loser in Bangladesh. This time, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first, meaning which a mammoth total was in store for Bangladesh to chase which Bangladesh would obviously not be able to. As expected New Zealand did put up a mammoth total of 336 for Bangladesh to chase down. It is not possible to sideline any one New Zealand player especially when they were playing Bangladesh and that too in their home ground. But, the highlight of the match was the number 8 batsman Jacob Oram who blasted a 40 ball 83.

In addition, there were other batsmen in Peter Ingram who was playing his 3rd one day international and yet was able to score 69 runs facing the new ball. But still, how does it matter when the opposition is under par compared to the batsman who is facing. So was the case with Neil Broom who scored 71 runs from73 balls, playing his 19th one day international at the age of 26. As wickets kept on falling at irregular intervals, the fresh batsmen gave in more strength than the earlier ones. But, Jacob Oram has done it in the past as well when he belted the Aussie bowling en-route to his 101 runs from 83 balls.

The only highlight for Bangladesh being that there was a bowler in Shafiul Islam who returned with figures of 4/68 from the four overs that were allotted to him. But, the Bangladeshi batsmen showed a little bit of maturity when the openers viz Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes started the run chase in a decent manner when they out up a 71 run partnership for the 1st wicket. It was after that wicket that the forth coming batsmen started flattering when four other batsmen went for single digit scores. Bangladesh were left with only to fight a losing battle which they did rather hesitatingly. At the end they fell short by 146 runs to win and 7 over to complete their quota of 50 overs.

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