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NZ suffer landmark loss to Bangladesh

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/05/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

New Zealand have succumbed to a five-wicket loss to Bangladesh in the final match of the tri-series in a setback to their Champions Trophy preparations.

The win in Dublin, with 10 balls to spare, was Bangladesh's first one-day international defeat of New Zealand away from home soil in 17 attempts.

The result didn't prevent the Black Caps from winning the tri-series, having secured it with their 190-run defeat of Ireland on Sunday.

New Zealand's failure to push on after opener Tom Latham, Neil Broom and Ross Taylor laid a sound top-order platform proved decisive as they stuttered home to 270-8.

Bangladesh overcame some mid-chase difficulties, when they lost three wickets for 17 runs, to respond with 271-5.

Captain Latham top-scored for the third successive Black Caps international, posting a patient 84 off 92 balls after his team were asked to bat.

He combined with Broom (63 off 76) to put on 133 for the second wicket after Luke Ronchi fell cheaply.

Taylor (60 not out off 56) was forced to play within himself as wickets fell regularly over the closing overs.

Corey Anderson (24) struggled for timing and none of the remaining batsmen managed double figures as the innings conjured just 103 runs from the last 20 overs.

Latham believes the total was 30 runs shy of a potential winning score.

"I think we were on track to get about 300 and, looking at the way they were going, 300 would have been a pretty challenging score," he said.

"Credit to Bangladesh, they paced that innings perfectly."

Veteran offspinner Jeetan Patel (2-55) was handed the new ball and removed scoreless opener Soumya Sarkar off the third delivery of the first opener.

Bangladesh also thrived in their second-wicket stand, with Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman both scoring 65.

New Zealand broke through with wickets to Patel, Hamish Bennett (1-47) and Mitchell Santner (1-53) but a key unbeaten partnership between Mushfiqur Rahim (45no) and Mahmudullah (46no) steered Bangladesh home.

New Zealand made three changes with Patel, Bennet and Jimmy Neesham replacing legspinner Ish Sodhi and pacemen Adam Milne and Scott Kuggeleijn.

Latham hands the captaincy back to Kane Williamson when the full Black Caps Champions Trophy squad play two warm-up matches - against India in London on Sunday and Sri Lanka in Birmingham two days later.

Williamson and others involved in the latter stages of the Indian Premier League, took no part in the tri-series.

Latham praised the contribution of a host of fringe players who filled the gaps in Ireland, singling out batsman Colin Munro and pacemen Bennett and Scott Kuggeleijn for additional praise.

"It's great to see they can come in and play a part. That's good for the depth of New Zealand cricket.

"Everyone stepped up at different points of the series."

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