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NZ too strong for Bangladesh in second ODI

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson bats during the One Day International cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Christchurch, New Zealand on Feb 16. (AP)

Guptill makes 2nd consecutive century

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Feb 16, (AP): Opener Martin Guptill made a second consecutive century to guide New Zealand to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second one-day cricket international on Saturday and a 2-0 win in the three-match series.

After carrying his bat for 117 in the first match which New Zealand won by eight wickets, Guptill made 118 as New Zealand – at 229-2 – surpassed Bangladesh’s total of 226 with almost 14 overs remaining.

Guptill’s century on Saturday was the 16th of his career and his third of the summer after his 138 in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka in early January.

Bangladesh were coming off an impressive series victory in the West Indies. But a single warm-up match sent them into the ODI series under-prepared and they have struggled to adapt to New Zealand conditions.

Sent in to bat after losing the toss on Saturday, Bangladesh’s top order struggled on a pitch at Hagley Oval which contained moisture under a tight-packed covering of grass. The ball seamed a little and the Bangladesh batsmen struggled to cope.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza hoped his batsmen could survive the threat of the new ball, then hit out later in their innings and set New Zealand a challenging total.

While Bangladesh were reduced to 5-93 in the 21st over after a slow beginning, they began to hit out strongly in the second half of its innings.

Mohammed Mithun, who top-scored with 57, put on 75 for the sixth wicket with Sabbir Rahman (43) and at 168-5 in the 35th over, Bangladesh were in a good position to launch. But the lower order faltered and the last five wickets added only 58 runs, with the last wicket falling with two balls to spare.

When New Zealand batted, Guptill and Henry Nicholls quickly asserted the hosts’ dominance, taking 23 runs from the first three overs.

Nicholls fell with the total 45 but when Guptill was out for 118 in the 29th over, New Zealand were 188-2 and coasting to victory.

Kane Williamson completed his 37th one-day international half century and was 65 not out at the end, hitting a boundary for the winning runs, while Ross Taylor was 21 not out. He put on 143 for the second wicket with Guptill to put the win beyond doubt.

“Another clinical performance for us is what we’re wanting,” Williamson said. “I thought the lads in the first half with the ball in hand were outstanding.”

New Zealand vs Bangladesh Scoreboard

CHRISTCHURCH, Feb 16, (RTRS): Scoreboard at close of play of 2nd ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh on Friday.

BANGLADESH

T. Iqbal lbw Henry    5

L. Das c Ferguson b Boult    1

S. Sarkar c Taylor b Grandhomme  22

M. Rahim b Ferguson           24

M. Mithun b Astle      57

Mahmudullah c Latham b Astle       7

S. Rahman c Neesham b Ferguson  43

M. Hasan c Henry b Neesham          16

M. Saifuddin b Ferguson      10

M. Mortaza c Boult b Neesham        13

M. Rahman not out   5

Extras: (6lb, 17w) 23

Total: (all out, 49.4 overs)   226

Fall of Wickets: 1-5 (Das), 2-16 (Iqbal), 3-48 (Sarkar), 4-81 (Rahim), 5-93 (Mahmudullah), 6-168 (Ali), 7-190 (Miraz), 8-206 (Rahman), 9-211 (Saifuddin), 10-226 (Mortaza)

Bowling: Henry 10-2-30-1, Boult 10-1-49-1, Grandhomme 4-0-25-1, Ferguson 10-0-43-3, Astle 10-0-52-2, Neesham 5.4-0-21-2

NEW ZEALAND

M. Guptill c Das b Mustafizur           118

H. Nicholls c Das b Mustafizur         14

K. Williamson not out           65

R. Taylor not out       21

Extras: (1b, 10w)      11

Total: (2 wkts, 36.1 overs)   229

Fall of Wickets: 1-45 (Nicholls), 2-188 (Guptill)

Did not bat: Latham, de Grandhomme, Neesham, Astle, Henry, Ferguson, Boult

Bowling: Mortaza 6-0-37-0, Saifuddin 6-0-44-0, Hasan 7.1-0-42-0, Mustafizur 9-0-42-2, Rahman 4-0-28-0, Sarkar 1-0-10-0, Mahmudullah 3-0-25-0

Match result: New Zealand win by 8 wickets

Umpires: Shaun Haig, Marais Erasmus

TV Umpire: Sundaram Ravi

Match Referee: Stephen Bernard

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