Tigers claim series whitewash
Fatullah - Shamsur Rahman has led Bangladesh to a stunning victory over New Zealand
on Sunday, chasing down more than 300 to complete a 3-0 sweep of the ODI series.
Shamsur's 96 rocketed the home side
to 309-6, steaming past New Zealand's 307 with four balls and four
wickets to spare at the packed Khan Shaheb Osman Ali stadium at Fatullah
just outside Dhaka.
The 25-year-old opener hit seven fours and
four sixes in his 107-ball knock as Bangladesh successfully chased down a
300-plus total for only the second time in their playing history.
playing only his second one-day international, fell short of what would
have been a well- deserved century when his attempted drive off a Corey
Anderson delivery became an edge and flew to wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi.
Naeem Islam continued to lead the charge after Shamsur's departure before he was run out for 63 after facing 74 balls.
Hossain (44 not out) stayed till the end to ensure Bangladesh never
lost their way in the chase on the batting-friendly pitch.
Earlier, Ross Taylor hit his eighth one-day century as New Zealand posted their highest total in the series.
The visitors were desperate to avoid another humiliating whitewash, after their previous one-day series against Bangladesh.
who was part of the New Zealand squad that lost 4-0 to Bangladesh in
2010, remained unbeaten on 107 while Colin Munro made 85 to give the
tourists what looked like a fighting chance.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim ranked their latest triumph ahead of the series in 2010.
"Both the series victories are great but personally I will go for this series over 2010," he said.
"We had a couple of injuries, that of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal for the last game and we overcame that.
were a bit handicapped before the series got underway (injuries and
lack of matches) but by the time it ended, we are all satisfied."
and Munro put on 130 for the fourth wicket after Mushfiqur won the toss
and elected to bowl at the Fatullah ground, which was hosting its first
international match for seven years.
Former captain Taylor made
the most of his chances after Rubel Hossain dropped him off his own
bowling on 12, hitting nine fours and three sixes in his 93-ball
Anton Devcich (46) and Tom Latham (43) had given New
Zealand a decent start with a 66-run opening stand. But Bangladesh
struck back soon afterwards through their spinners to reduce the
visitors to 101-3.
Munro, playing his first match in the series,
led the initial charge to complete his fifty before he fell to
The left-hander smashed seven fours and two sixes in his 95-ball innings.
Taylor was initially sedate but accelerated after reaching his fifty off 69 deliveries.
three sixes came in consecutive deliveries off a Sohag Gazi over as New
Zealand added 73 in the last five overs to cross the 300-run mark.
are all very disappointed with the outcome of not just today's match
but the whole series," said stand-in New Zealand captain Kyle Mills.
go down 3-0 is extremely disappointing. It wasn't our plan when we came
out here but we have to hand it to the Bangladesh side, they played
exceptional cricket today."
The two teams will now play a Twenty20
International on Wednesday in Dhaka before New Zealand fly to Sri Lanka
for an ODI and Twenty20 series.
New Zealand: 307-5 (R. Taylor 107 not out, C. Munro 85; Mahmudullah 2-36);
Bangladesh: 309-6 in 49.2 overs (Shamsur Rahman 96, Naeem Islam 63, Nasir Hossain 44 not out)