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NZ XI defy Tigers’ challenge

Mushfiq, Riyad, Sabbir leading scorers
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
NZ XI defy Tigers’ challenge
Touring Bangladesh cricketers (L to R) Nayeem Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarker and Mehidy Hasan Miraj enjoy exploring Christchurch ahead of their yesterday’s practice match against New Zealand XI. Internet Photo

Bangladesh got off to their New Zealand tour in disappointing note as they tasted a two-wicket defeat to New Zealand XI in the only practice game at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln yesterday. The defeat gave them a reality ahead of the series in which they targeted some victories at least in the ODI series given their good run in this particular format.

Though Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad and Sabbir Rahman were among runs that helped the tourist recover from the early hiccups to post 247 runs on the board it was never enough as the New Zealand XI reached 251for eight with 11 balls to spare.

The Bangladesh will be playing the first ODI against New Zealand on February 13 and ahead of the ODI series, a practice game was arranged so that the players could get acclimatized to the conditions but the bouncy wicket looked too hot for them to handle.

Sent in to bat first, Bangladesh were in early trouble losing Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun inside eight overs.

The extra bounce of New Zealand surfaces looked to have gone into the head as Mominul Haque (6) top-edged a delivery trying to save his face while Soumya Sarkar (1) fell trying to smack it through the off side on-the-up against a good length delivery that had nothing apart from bouncing a bit more than his expectation.

Opener Liton Kumar Das and number four Mohammad Mithun perished in similar fashion behind the wicket trying to slash a swinging delivery without taking their foot behind the balls offered by pace bowler Ian McPeake and it left Bangladesh struggling at 31 for four.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah helped then resurrect their innings as they added 108-run for the fifth-wicket stand and give them some kind of solidity before the partnership was broken by left-arm pace bowler Sean Solia as Mushfiqur tried to slash a delivery and ending up top edging it to be caught at third-man making 62 runs from 61 balls.

 After Mushfiqur’s departure, Mahmudullah (72 from 88 balls) soon followed him and it was Sabbir Rahman (40 off 41) that helped them cross the 200 runs mark while young Nayeem Hasan's  made an unbeaten 17 runs  towards the end to help Bangladesh amass 247 before being all out.

 Ian McPeake was the wrecker in chief for New Zealand XI with four wickets.

New Zealand XI started their chase superbly as Raval (52) and Andrew Fletcher notched up a 114-run opening partnership to give them a solid platform before the former departed when Nayeem got the first breakthrough for the tourist.

Fletcher, who made 92 runs from 112 balls, guided the home team to victory and it looked he was all set to reach the three digit mark but left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur ended his journey by trapping him leg-before.

The spinners got a few wickets as Mahmudullah and Mehidy Miraz bagged two each.

Mustafizur grabbed two and made New Zealand XI sweat on victory but they eventually got over the ropes with two wickets and 11 balls to spare.

Brief Scores

Bangladesh 247 off 46.1 overs (Mahmudullah 72, Mushfiqur Rahim 62, Sabbir Rahman 40; Iain McPeake 4-38, Rachin Ravindra 2-34, Andrew Hazeldine 2-46)

New Zealand XI 251-8 off 48.1 overs (Andrew Fletcher 92, Jeet Raval 52, Finn Allen 30; Mustafizur Rahman 2-33, Mahmudullah 2-37, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 2-46).

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