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Horne steers New Zealand Cricket XI to three-wicket win over Bangladesh

Mushfiqur Rahim top scored for Bangladesh with 45 runs
Mushfiqur Rahim top scored for Bangladesh with 45 runs

New Zealand Cricket XI 247-7 (Horne 60no) beat
Bangladeshis 245-8 (Rahim 45) by three wickets
Tour match in Whangarei

Ben Horne scored an unbeaten 60 as he helped New Zealand Cricket XI chase down 246 runs in the 42nd over with three wickets in hand in the tour game against Bangladeshis in Whangarei.

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. The game was reduced to 43 overs per side due to rain. Ian McPeake (1-32) dismissed Tamim Iqbal (1) early in the innings.

Imrul Kayes (36) and Soumya Sarkar (40) added 55 runs for the second wicket and when they were both dismissed the score was 96 for three in the 18th over.

Mahmdulluah (43) played a brisk 46-ball knock but decided to retire to allow others to have a hit. With support from Shakib Al Hasan (23), Mushfiqur Rahim (45) and Mashrafe Mortaza (21 not out), Bangladesh posted 247 for seven in the 43 overs.

In the chase, Ben Smith (50) and Bharat Popli (45) provided solid start after early loss of Ryan Duffy (4). The pair added 88 runs together as New Zealand Cricket XI looked on course for a win.

Shakib (3-41) pegged New Zealand Cricket XI with a double strike while Ken McClure (10) was run out leaving the home team in trouble at 128 for five.

Horne (60 not out) looked in great nick and reached his half-century off 43 deliveries. He had the support of Henry Shipley (24) and Brett Hampton (29 not out) as New Zealand Cricket XI chased down the total in 41.4 overs with three wickets in hand.

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