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Middle-order ODI collapse halts Bangladesh

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/12/2016

Black Caps team mates celebrate the wicket of Mosaddek Hossain of Bangladesh during the third ODI © Martin Hunter/Getty Images Black Caps team mates celebrate the wicket of Mosaddek Hossain of Bangladesh during the third ODI A middle-order Bangladeshi batting collapse has limited the side to a total of 236-9 in their third ODI against the Black Caps in Nelson.

After putting on a solid 102-run opening stand through Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal, the Tigers were only able to accrue 51 runs from their No.3 to No.6 batsmen.

Wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan then saved the side from embarrassment with a quick-fire 44 as lower-order batsmen fell around him.

The innings leaves New Zealand with a very achievable target of 237 for victory, having already notched up 341 and 251 in the three-match series.

Kiwi paceman Matt Henry snared two wickets, while spinners Mitch Santner, Jeetan Patel and skipper Kane Williamson all conceded four runs or less an over.

But the innings seemed likely to take a different direction early, with Imrul and Tamim coasting past the 20-over mark after the Tigers decided to bat.

Imrul was removed for 44 when Neil Broom produced a fine diving catch to his right at short third man, before first-drop Sabbir Rahman edged Henry to Luke Ronchi.

Mahmudullah then failed to trouble the Black Caps attack for the third successive match, giving Jimmy Neesham a lollypop catch at mid-wicket for three.

Tamim made way soon after the 30-over mark, skying a Tim Southee ball to Broom at point for 59 and leaving talisman Shakib Al Hasan to clean up the mess.

Yet Shakib, having already struggled to put runs on the board, fell to a piece of Ronchi fielding magic in the 37th over, run out for just 18.

Mosaddeck Hussain was then lost four balls later, caught plumb LBW by Patel, before Tanveer Haider was clean-bowled by Williamson.

Struggling at 179-7, keeper Nurul and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza went some way towards steadying the ship, putting on a 33-run stand.

But Mashrafe was lost in the 47th over when thumping a Santner delivery down the ground on 14, only to find the waiting hands of Patel.

Nurul and tail-ender Taskin Ahmed then kept the score ticking over, until the Tigers keeper skied a final-over Henry ball for the bowler to catch.

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