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NZ vs BAN | Will Young Ton Helps New Zealand Crush Bangladesh In Rain-Marred 1st ODI

image-lq93ilwgWill Young scored his 3rd ODI ton. [PC: X]

Brief score | New Zealand - 239/7 (30 Overs), Will Young 105 (84), Tom Latham 92 (77); Shoriful Islam 2/28 (6), Mehidy Hasan Miraz 1/53 (5) beat Bangladesh - 200/9, Anamul Haque 43 (39), Afif Hossain 38 (28); Josh Clarkson 2/24 (4), Ish Sodhi 2/35 (6) by 44 runs. 

Riding on the back of a brilliant partnership between Will Young and Tom Latham with the bat followed by a disciplined outing from the bowlers, New Zealand beat Bangladesh by runs in a rain-curtailed first ODI at Dunedin. The match was reduced to 30-over a side after a couple of rain breaks and the kiwis got everything spot on to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

Young, Latham's batting brilliance pushed Kiwis to a formidable total.

image-lq93qrejTom Latham and Will Young. [PC: NZC]

After being asked to bat first, New Zealand posted a formidable 239 for 7 in the first innings after the game was reduced to 30-overs a side contest. Only three Kiwi batters could go into the double digit score and one of them was Will Young who went on to score his 3rd ODI ton.

New Zealand were in all sorts of trouble after left-arm seamer Shoriful Islam reduced them to 5 for 2 in the very first over. Skipper Tom Latham joined Young in the middle and started the rebuilding process.

The duo managed to get through the tough period, saw a couple of rain breaks and had to go all guns blazing towards the end due to the readjusted conditions.

The Blackcaps amassed 128 runs from the last ten overs with Latham and Young adding 171 runs for the third wicket, before the New Zealand skipper fell eight short of a well deserved ton. Young at the other kept hitting the Bangladeshi bowlers all around the park and completed his century in no time.

Bangladesh did manage to keep the other New Zealand batters silent but there was enough damage done by the pair of Young and Latham early in the innings. In bowling, Shoriful Islam was the pick of the bowlers due to his new ball brilliance and the two blows to the NZ innings early on.

Bangladesh goes down without any fight

image-lq949pelNew Zealand won by 44 runs. [PC: NZC]

In reply, chasing the revised 245-run target, Bangladesh lost Soumya Sarkar early in the very first over. Najmul Shanto and Anamul Haque tried to stitch a partnership but was restricted with Shanto going down to Ish Sodhi in the very first over after the powerplay.

Anamul alongside Litton Das kept the scoreboard ticking briskly but debutant Josh Clarkson sent the duo back before they could do any major damage. Afif Hossain and Towhid Hridoy launched a counterattack and tried to get Bangladesh back in the chase.

However, there was too much left to do for the youngsters and eventually, New Zealand got the better of them to seal the game by 44 runs at the end. In bowling perspective, Josh Clarkson, Ish Sodhi and Adam Milne were the pick of the bowlers for the kiwis, taking two wickets each.