Fiesty Bangladesh sweep aside New Zealand
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 18th October 2010
Bangladeshi fast bowler Rubel Hossain was the architect of a famous win as Bangladesh completed a 4-0 sweep with a thrilling three-run victory over New Zealand. Hossain took four wickets for 25 off 9.3 as New Zealand, chasing a 175-run target, were bowled out for 171.
Bangladesh clinched the series 4-0, their first sweep against a major team. New Zealand needed eight runs to win in the final over with just one wicket in hand Rubel flattened the leg stump of Mills to set off wild celebrations in the Bangladeshi camp and among the supporters.
Bangladeshi opted to bat first after winning the the toss but the batsmen could not do much as the Kiwi bowlers were right on the money. Vettori and Mills bowled tight to restrict Bangladesh to a modest total. Andy McKay and Elliott each finished with two wickets. The last match centurion Shakib Al Hasan was the top scorer as he made 36 runs.
Needing just 171 in 50 overs to win so that some pride would be intact the Kiwis started off the wrong foot. Openers Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder were dismissed by Hossain to set off a collapse of diabolical propositions. Kane Williamson failed to open his account as Hossain had him caught at the slips. Bradley-John Watling was run out, while Ross Taylor was bowled by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak as New Zealand's top five batsmen failed to reach double figures.
Daniel Vettori and Grant Elliott added 86 runs for the sixth wicket. to steady the innings before giving a lifeline to win the match. But the Bangladeshi bowlers refused to let off the pressure as they kept pressing hard for the win. When Rubel Hossain flattened the stumps of Mills the Bangladeshi side achieved what they only dreamt of in the past decade.