Wednesday 26 December 2007 

How Guides New Zealand To Easy Win In Auckland

Bangladesh 201 (Ashraful 70, Iqbal 50, Gillespie 3-27)
New Zealand 203-4 (How 92) in Auckland

New Zealand won by six wickets and lead the three-match series 1-0

Jamie How scored 92 as New Zealand comfortably defeated Bangladesh by six wickets in the opening one-day international between the two sides in Auckland.

The Kiwis were set just 202 to win, and new opening pair How and Brendon McCullum (40) set about their task admirably, adding 90 for the first wicket before McCullum was caught and bowled by Farhad Reza.

Peter Fulton made a satisfactory return to international cricket, hitting 35 while Ross Taylor scored eight before he too was dismissed as Shakib Al Hasan took three for 57.

Scott Styris hit two sixes in an unbeaten 22 to guide his side home.

Earlier, bruising half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal (50) and captain Mohammad Ashraful (70) were not enough for the Tigers, for whom no-one could offer solid support.

Iqbal's innings occupied 66 balls and included two sixes, while Ashraful needed only 57 balls, hitting 11 boundaries in all.

Only Junaid Siddique (13) passed ten as Bangladesh's middle order crumbled again, although there was a flurry of late runs from Mashrafe Mortaza (17) and Abdur Razzak (22 not out) to push them past 200, although it was never enough.

Mark Gillespie, Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram picked up three wickets each with How running out Shahadat Hossain to end the innings.

The second match takes place in Napier on December 28th.

© Cricket World 2007

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