The third ODI in Napier saw Bangladesh’s seamers dominate, skittling New Zealand for 98 in a thumping nine-wicket win. This was New Zealand’s lowest total against Bangladesh. Tanzim was the standout performer for Bangladesh, picking up three crucial wickets in the early stages of the New Zealand innings. Shoriful and Sarkar also contributed with three wickets each as they bundled out the hosts.
In response, Bangladesh’s openers started watchfully until Sarkar was forced to retire hurt after something went into his right eye. Anamul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto then took charge, racing towards the paltry target. Anamul contributed with a quickfire 37 before being dismissed, but it was Shanto who sealed the win with a 42-ball half-century.
The win helped Bangladesh avoid a series whitewash and provided a much-needed morale boost for the team.