new zealand 254 (Blundell 68, Nicholls 49, Sodhi 35, Mahedi 3-45, Khalid 3-60) beat bangladesh 168 (Mahmudullah 49, Tamim 44, Sodhi 6-39) by 86 runs
Sodhi was brought in for the ninth over of the chase, with Tamim Iqbal and Tanjeed Hasan collecting 23 runs in the last two overs and setting a platform from which Bangladesh could make a start. He struck twice in his second over, first luring Tanzeed into a big shot with a full, loopy legbreak which missed mid-off and then caught and bowled by Soumya Sarkar on the leading edge.
Tauheed Hridayoy’s attempt to rebuild the innings was foiled by Sodhi’s googly, which took an inside edge onto the stumps. Tamim, who was the only batsman in the top order, bowled a ball which went wide of the wicketkeeper. Sodhi began his first spell with the hosts at 42 for 1 in eight overs. And when it ended, Bangladesh’s score was 93 for 5 in 19 overs, while they were leading at 4 for 29 in six overs.
Mahmudullah, playing his first ODI innings in six months, and Mahedi Hasan succumbed to the dismissals of Jamieson, Rachin Ravindra and Lockie Ferguson for just over ten overs. After the 35-ball drought, he also started hitting a four in every over. And then, Sodhi came back and claimed his first ODI five-wicket haul by uprooting Mahedi’s middle stump on the first ball of his new spell.
After a few quiet overs, Mahmudullah pulled a rank long-hop from Cole McConchie, straight to Finn Allen at short fine leg. Nasum Ahmed led the innings with 21 off 30 balls, including two sixes, but Bangladesh could only add 19 runs for the last three wickets, with Sodhi making the difference with the bat early in the day.
Sodhi was playing at 5 out of 13 and New Zealand’s score was 187 for 7 when Jamieson joined him in the 39th over. Sodhi saw out the better part of three overs before bowling a length ball from Nasum to long-on. Jamieson hit a few fours himself before being caught and bowled by Mahedi.
Then came the most talked about moment of this innings. In three balls of the 46th over, when New Zealand was 224 for 8, Hasan Mahmood ran out Sodhi for backing too far at the non-striker’s end. Sodhi was leaving wearing nothing but a smile on his face, which shows that some players have started getting used to this method of dismissal. But, seconds later, Bangladesh’s stand-in captain Liton Das decided to withdraw the appeal and invited Sodhi to resume his innings. Sodhi returned with an even bigger smile on his face, hugged bowler Mahmood and took New Zealand to a total of 254. He was at 17 off 26 when he was run out and recalled and he scored 35 off 39 with three sixes. , New Zealand added 67 runs on the last three wickets.
At the start of the day, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first and were in trouble at 36 for 3. Mustafizur Rahman turned on his fizz mode with the new ball, and obtained sharp bounce to dismiss Will Young in eight balls. duck. Mahmood got the swing to trouble the batsmen regularly. Allen hit fours on the first balls of the first two overs but could not continue the trend. He fell at the start of the seventh over, when he edged Sarkar to first slip off a full ball from Mustafizur.
Blundell brought up his half-century at the end of the 26th over, but two balls later, Khalid found some extra bounce and subtle seam movement and dismissed Nicholls for 49. Their 95-run partnership tried to stage a comeback, but Mahedi and Nasum took New Zealand ahead. His second fall in the innings. With about 12 overs left and seven wickets down, it looked like the visitors would struggle to reach the finish line, but Sodhi and Co. took what they were given and ran away with the game.
Ekant is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo