Tigers claim New Zealand scalp

Bangladesh dominate series opener

Last Updated: 09/10/08 1:46pm

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Mortaza celebrates the dismissal of McCullum

Mortaza celebrates the dismissal of McCullum

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First One Day International
New Zealand 201-9 (J D P Oram 57, Mashrafe Mortaza 4-44) v Bangladesh 203-3 (Junaid Siddique 84, Mohammad Ashraful 60 no)
Bangladesh beat New Zealand by 7 wkts

Bangladesh shrugged off the recent loss of 14 players to the Indian Cricket League with their maiden one-day international win over New Zealand.

The Tigers reached a target of 202 with 4.3 overs to spare to earn a seven-wicket success in the opening game of the three-match series in Mirpur.

Opening batsman Junaid Siddique took Bangladesh to the brink of victory with a career-best innings of 85.

After Kyle Mills (1-28) removed Tamim Iqbal (12) early in the run chase, Siddique shared stands worth 67 with Musfiqur Rahim (30) and 109 with captain Mohammad Ashraful.

Siddique fell to medium pacer Scott Styris (1-23) with eight still required, but Ashraful saw his side safely across the line to finish unbeaten on 60 from just 56 deliveries.

Jacob Oram had earlier rescued New Zealand from 79-6 with a painstaking half-century.

The all-rounder hit 57 from 89 balls, including a 70-run seventh-wicket stand with Daniel Vettori (30), to get the Black Caps up to a respectable final total of 201-9.

Mortaza strikes

Mashrafe Mortaza had ripped out the tourists' top three with an incisive spell of new-ball bowling.

Mortaza accounted for Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder and Jamie How (7), and returned later to remove Kyle Mills (16) and complete figures of 4-44.

Ryder, playing his first international for eight months following a hand injury, raced to 30 with four fours and a six inside six overs, but the loss of opening partner McCullum (14) prompted a collapse of six wickets for just 32 runs.

And although Oram partially rescued the situation with his intelligent knock, it was still not enough.

The match was also the debut of the International Cricket Council's new regulation allowing the batting side to choose when to employ one of either the second or third power plays.

The hosts came into the series with low expectations after the defection of a raft of fringe internationals to the ICL.

Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali, Shahriar Nafees, Farhad Reza, Dhiman Ghosh, Mosharraf Hossain and Nazimuddin were the biggest names to join the Dhaka Warriors in the unsanctioned Twenty20 tournament, effectively ending their international careers as the Bangladesh Cricket Board handed them 10-year bans.

The second instalment of the series takes place in Mirpur on Saturday.

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