new zealand 175 for 3 wickets (Young 70, Nicholls 50*, Shoriful 2-32) defeated bangladesh 171 (Shanto 76, Milne 4-34, McConchie 2-18, Boult 2-33) by seven wickets
Young had a guarded start, needing ten balls to get his first run, but once he was off the mark with a four, he did not let the pace slow down. Bangladesh’s fast bowlers tested him with the short ball, but apart from occasional boundaries through midwicket and cover, he was up to the challenge at pull.
Young raced past 50 and 60 with consecutive fours off Hasan Mahmood in the 26th over, before scoring ten runs in two balls off Nasum Ahmed in the 28th over. He eventually fell for 70 in the 30th over, bowled by a slower ball from Nasum, but by then New Zealand needed only 42 more runs to win. Nicholls, who remained unbeaten on 50, and Tom Blundell completed the rest with more than 15 overs to spare.
Milne, who replaced Kyle Jamieson in the eleven, provided the initial blow. He sent a sharp yorker to dismiss debutant Zakir Hasan in the second over of the match and then, sliced it to cover Tauheed Hridoy in the sixth over. In between those two outs, Trent Boult had opener Tanjeed Hasan caught at first slip. This left Bangladesh’s score at 35 for 3 and they were looking for stability.
Shanto – the stand-in captain to the original stand-in captain Liton Das – provided a part of it by holding one end. He scored 31 runs in just 26 balls with six fours in the first ten overs and also looked comfortable against the bouncers of New Zealand’s fast bowlers. He was not afraid to face Ish Sodhi and also played the reverse sweep successfully. By the end of the 20th over, Shanto had completed his fifth ODI half-century.
For Sodhi, who took 6 for 39 in the second ODI, it was a forgettable outing, conceding 40 runs in six wicketless overs. Ferguson was looking for spin overs elsewhere, so Ravindra and McConchie stepped up on Sodhi’s poor day to reward lower-order wickets. Together, the pair returned figures of 10-1-38-3, while Boult took two wickets.