Thrilling Encounter: New Zealand Triumphs Over Bangladesh in 2nd ODI 2023/24

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New Zealand 296 for 3 (Nicholls 95, Young 89, Mahmud 2-57) beat Bangladesh 291 (Sarkar 169, O’Rourke 3-47, Duffy 3-51) by seven wickets

Soumya Sarkar scored 169 out of Bangladesh’s total of 291 in the second ODI against New Zealand, but the visitors still fell short in Nelson. Henry Nicholls hit 95 and Will Young smashed 89, and the hosts’ other top five batters helped them ease their way to the chase. New Zealand took the win and went 2-0 up in the three-match series after winning the first ODI in Dunedin by 44 runs on Sunday.

Opening the batting, Bangladesh fell to 80 for 4 in the 17th over, with Jacob Duffy striking twice for New Zealand. Soumya slowed down after a quick start, but he and Mushfiqur Rahim resurrected the innings. Duffy broke the game open by getting Mushfiqur caught behind for 45 in the 35th over, ending a stand of 91 in 18 overs.

But Soumya then added 61 with Mehidy Hasan Miraz, reaching his third ODI century off 116 balls at the beginning of the 40th over. He hit 67 from his next 32 deliveries in the death overs, featuring nine fours and two sixes, before Bangladesh lost three wickets to Will O’Rourke in the final over.

New Zealand ended the powerplay at 61 without loss, as Young and Rachin Ravindra combined to hit nine boundaries. Nicholls and Young added 128 at almost a run a ball, with both batsmen reaching their milestones. Young eventually perished for 89 in the 33rd over, and Nicholls was dismissed for 95 in the 41st over.

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