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Broom, Williamson complete 3-0 series whitewash for New Zealand

Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 95
Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 95

New Zealand 239-2 (Broom 97) beat
Bangladesh 236-9 (Tamim 59) by eight wickets
Third One-Day International in Nelson

Neil Broom and Kane Williamson scored 97 and 95 respectively as New Zealand chased down 237 against Bangladesh with eight wickets in hand in the third One-Day International in Nelson to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

Bangladesh opted to bat first on winning the toss. Tamim Iqbal (59) and Imrul Kayes (44) justified the decision with a solid 102-run opening stand.

After a cautious start of 44 runs in the powerplay, the pair brought their 50-run opening stand in 66 deliveries and needed just 57 more deliveries to complete their 100-run stand as the platform was set for the visitors to post a huge first innings total.

Mitchell Santner (2-38) broke the stand when Broom grabbed a brilliant catch at short third man to send Kayes six runs short of a deserving half-century but Tamim completed his own fifty off 71 balls.

New Zealand bounced back strongly into the game when they dismissed Sabbir Rahman (19), Mahmudullah (3), Tamim, Shakib Al Hasan (18) and Mosaddek Hossain (11) in a span of 50 runs and were reduced to 179 for seven.

Nurul Hasan's (44) 39-ball knock ensured Bangladesh posted a respectable total of 236 for nine in the 50 overs. Santner and Matt Henry (2-53) were the pick of the New Zealand bowlers.

New Zealand had a tentative start to the chase when Tom Latham (4) was trapped LBW in the second over bowled by Mustafizur Rahman (2-32). Martin Guptill (6 retired hurt) was forced to leave the field with a hamstring injury.

Bangladesh failed to apply pressure on New Zealand as Kayes dropped a catch of Broom (97) in the fourth over. A double boundary from Kane Williamson (95 not out) allowed the Black Caps to reach 44 for one at the end of the powerplay.

Williamson upped the ante in the 14th over bowled by Shakib (0-55) where he struck a six and a boundary and with two more fours, he brought the 50-run stand with Broom. The New Zealand captain brought his 27th ODI fifty in the 21st over and soon Broom too stepped up the accelerator.

Broom's dream comeback continued as he slammed his fifty in the 25th over off 66 deliveries and New Zealand looked in firm control of the chase, needing 70 runs in the final 20 overs.

Bangladesh had some respite as they prevented Broom's second consecutive century when he lobbed one to gully off Mustafizur leaving him three runs short of the landmark.

However, Williamson joined by James Neesham (28 not out) ensured they reached the target in 41.2 overs with eight wickets in hand. New Zealand have completed a 3-0 series whitewash with the win on Saturday.

Williamson bagged the man of the match for his unbeaten knock of 95.

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