Published: October 17, 2010
Keeping nerves stable under pressure and team efforts became the keys of Tigers’ win on Sunday as they successfully defended a low score of 174 runs to win against the visiting Kiwis by three runs in the final match of Micromax ODI Cup.
It was the first time ever Bangladesh won consecutive four matches in a rubber against any full-strength top opposition.
The morning didn’t give the whole picture of the day as Bangladesh were bowled out for their lowest total of the series after winning the toss at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, leaving New Zealand in a place to avoid a humiliating clean sweep.
But pacer Rubel Hossain, also the player of the match, had other plans in his mind as he rattled the Black Caps in his first spell, taking three very crucial wickets of openers Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder and last-match centurion Kane Williamson cheaply.
At one stage, the visitors from the shores of Tasmanian Sea lost five wickets in just 20 runs, courtesy of a run out of BJ Watling and dismissal of Ross Taylor by spinner Abdur Razzak.
After that, NZ skipper Daniel Vettori and Grant Elliott started reconstructing the innings as both score 43 and 59 respectively.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan had finally made the breakthrough by removing his counterpart in 31st over. Shafiul Islam took a spectacular catch running at least 20 yards from his position.
After the dismissal of Verttori, Suhrawadi Shuvo bagged the highest scorer of the innings Elliott, and Abdur Razzak and Shakib picked up two wickets of Andy McKay and Nathan McCullum in quick succession.
In the last wicket partnership, Kyle Mills showed some determination with last man standing Hamish Bennett as they were approaching towards a nail-biting finish yet again, but Rubel, made their efforts meaningless as he ripped off the stamps of Mills in the last over of the innings.
Though Tigers performed stunningly at the field, but early in the morning, Bangladeshi batsmen failed to maintain the same standard like the other matches of the series as they were all out for just 174 runs.
Shakib once again scored highest in the innings as he made 36. Imrul Kayes and Mushfiqur Rahim both made 34 and 29 respectively.
Bangladesh have already clinched the Micromax ODI Cup in the last match beating the New Zealanders by nine runs in the fourth ODI on Thursday.
Earlier, it had won third ODI on October 11 by seven wickets and first ODI on October 5 by nine runs.
Bangladesh: Imrul Kayes, Shahriar Nafees, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Suhrawadi Shuvo.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, BJ Watling, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Grant Elliott, Daniel Vettori (Captain), Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Hamish Bennett, Andy McKay.