Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com
In the third game of the tri-nation series, played on Sunday in Christchurch, opening batsman Devon Conway led New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh.
The left-handed batter smashed six fours and a six as the hosts chased down Bangladesh’s total of 137 with 13 balls to spare, in the process getting their first points on the board. Kane Williamson scored 30 while Glenn Philips remained not out on 23 off nine deliveries. Shoriful Islam and Hasan Mahmud took a wicket each for Bangladesh, who at the bottom of the table with two defeats in two matches and will square off against the same opposition on Tuesday.
New Zealand, meanwhile, will take on Pakistan tomorrow.
Earlier, Bangladesh managed to put 137 for eight despite a late cameo from wicketkeeper-batter Nurul Hasan Sohan.
Sohan, coming in at No 8, struck an unbeaten 12-ball 25 (1X4, 2X6) to lift Bangladesh to a half-decent total after at one stage it looked like they would struggle to get to 120.
Sohan’s effort came after Bangladesh struggled in the middle overs following a promising start, with Najmul Hossain Shanto leading the way as Bangladesh reached 59 for three in nine overs.
Shanto, back in the side as Bangladesh continue to look for an opening pair, hit four boundaries in his innings, with Liton Das adding 15 off 16 following the early dismissal of Mehedi Hasan Miraz.
Ish Sodhi was the wrecker-in-chief at this stage, his final figures 2-31. Afif Hossain scored 24 off 26 while Shakib Al Hasan played a run-a-ball 16. Apart from Sodhi, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Michael Bracewell took two wickets each.