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Seven-Wicket Win Hands Bangladesh 2-0 Series Lead

Seven-Wicket Win Puts Bangladesh Into 2-0 Series Lead
Seven-Wicket Win Puts Bangladesh Into 2-0 Series Lead
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Bangladesh 177-3 (Shahriar Nafees 73, Imrul Kayes 50) beat
New Zealand 173 (Taylor 62no, Suhrawadi Shuvo 3-14) by seven wickets
Third One-Day International, Mirpur

Bangladesh moved into an unassailable 2-0 series lead over New Zealand with a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the third One-Day International in Mirpur.

Leading 1-0 after the second match was abandoned, Bangladesh proved that their win in the first game was not a flash in the pan as they first bowled New Zealand out for 173 and thanks to half-centuries from openers Imrul Kayes and Shahriar Nafees, they reached their victory target with just under nine overs to spare.

Kayes stroked 50 in 83 balls and Nafees made an aggressive 73 in 72 and the pair put on 127 for the opening wicket to put Bangladesh on course for a memorable win.

Off-spinner Nathan McCullum dismissed both men and although Junaid Siddique also fell for 14, Bangladesh were not to be denied, Shakib Al Hasan, captaining the side in the absence through injury of Mashrafe Mortaza, and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim leading the side over the finish line with unbeaten innings of 18 and 13 respectively.

Earlier, Ross Taylor top scored with an unbeaten 62 in 72 balls, which included four sixes, as New Zealand failed to star with the bat for the second game in a row.

That was mainly, once again, due to the performance of Bangladesh's spinners, who took wickets regularly and kept the run-rate down.

Suhrawadi Shuvo excelled, taking three for 14 while there were two wickets apiece for Shakib and Mahmudullah.

Pace bowlers Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain bowled just 12 overs between them.

The fourth match is on 14th October.

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