Taylor Blasts New Zealand To Easy Victory

	 Taylor Blasts New Zealand To Easy Victory
Taylor Blasts New Zealand To Easy Victory
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New Zealand 185-5 (Taylor 78) beat
Bangladesh 183-8 (Mushfiqur Rahim 86, Butler 3-43) by five wickets

Second One-Day International, Dunedin

Ross Taylor blasted 78 in just 51 balls to help New Zealand seal their One-Day International series against Bangladesh with a comprehensive five-wicket win in Dunedin.

Bangladesh were restricted to 183 for eight, Mushfiqur Rahim's 86 helping them recover from 25 for five and in reply, Taylor smacked six fours and five sixes to guide New Zealand home in just 27.3 overs.

Andy McKay (2-17), Daryl Tuffey (1-55) and Ian Butler (3-43) combined to rip out the top five Bangladeshi batsmen in just 12.2 overs and the tourists were quickly 46 for six when Mahmudullah was run out by Martin Guptill.

Rahim then put on 101 with Naeem Islam (43), hitting eight fours and three sixes in 107 balls to ensure that Bangladesh at least used up their full quota of overs before Shahadat Hossain thumped 16 in seven balls at the death.

That was a taster of what was to come when Taylor reached the crease in the tenth over following the dismissals of Brendon McCullum (9) and Peter Ingram (28) and the big-hitting right-hander took the game away from Bangladesh with some aggressive batting, backed up by 32 from Guptill and an unbeaten 20 from James Franklin.

Pacer Shafiul Islam impressed once again by taking three for 49 and Rubel Hossain returned two for 68 but they were completely outclassed for the third time in the tour after they were thrashed in the Twenty20 International and opening ODI.

The third and final ODI is in Christchurch on 11th February.

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