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Ahsraful's 70 guides Bangladesh to 201 in first one-dayer

Ahsraful's 70 guides Bangladesh to 201 in first one-dayer

Captain Mohammad Ashraful top-scored with 70 as Bangladesh made 201 after being sent into bat in the first of three limited-overs cricket matches against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Ashraful hit 10 fours and a six, compiling his runs from only 57 balls, and added 97 for the third wicket with opener Tamim Iqbal (50) in the most substantial partnership of the Bangladesh innings.
Its total, gleaned from 46.3 overs, was its largest ever in a one-day international against New Zealand.
Bangladesh made a confident start at Eden Park after losing the toss and being asked to bat by New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, who gave first use of humid conditions to his four-pronged seam attack.
Debuting opener Zunaed Siddique made 13 and Ahmed Aftab hit two boundaries before being out for eight, leaving Bangladesh 39-2 in the 12th over.
Ashraful and Tamim then combined to take 97 runs from the next 15 overs in a forceful partnership which tipped the balance of the match in Bangladesh's favor.
Ashraful's inventive strokeplay confounded the New Zealand bowlers. While Tamim played some lavish drives, Ashraful took many of his runs through the leg side with full-blooded pull shots of wristy flicks behind square leg.
He twice scored fours by stepping outside his off stump and ramping wide deliveries through vacant fine leg.
Tamim included four fours and two sixes in his patient, 66-ball innings before he was out in the 27th over when Bangladesh was 136-3. Jacob Oram made two vital breakthroughs for New Zealand, removing Iqbal for 50 then removing Ashraful in his next over.
Both players carelessly picked out fieldsmen as they sought to keep up Bangladesh's scoring rate of five runs per over. Tamim holed out to Mark Gillespie in the deep and Ashraful failed to notice Peter Fulton had been moved forward of square leg and flicked a ball directly to the fieldsman.
Gillespie, who is under pressure to hold his place in the New Zealand team and who had been expensive through his early overs, then returned to remove Shakib Al Hasan (6) and Mushfiqur Rahim (0) before Oram dismissed Mehrab Hossain (3) as Bangladesh lost four wickets for four runs in four overs.
The collapse took the heart out of the Bangladesh innings and none of the remaining batsmen was able to restore the momentum.
Abdur Razzak, batting at No. 10, made a forceful unbeaten 22 and added 24 for the last wicket with Shahadat Hossain (4).
Oram took three for 36 from 8.3 overs, Kyle Mills three for 46 from 10 and Gillespie three for 27 from eight.


Updated : 2020-12-05 05:26 GMT+08:00