Ish Sodhi became the first New Zealand spinner to claim six wickets in a One-Day International to guide the side to a 86-run victory on Saturday in the second match of a three-match series against Bangladesh.
He contributed a crucial 35 runs when batting to go with his career-best six for 39 as New Zealand registered its first victory in Bangladesh since 2008. The first match was washed out.
In the 46th over, pace bowler Hasan Mahmud ran Sodhi out backing up at the non-striker’s end when on 17 but Bangladesh captain Litton Das called him back.
He then helped the side post 254 before being all out in 49.2 overs and ran through Bangladesh’s top order in a gem of legspin.
Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell made a team-high 68 off 66, with six fours and one six, and Henry Nicholls scored 49. Blundell and Nicholls put on a 95-run partnership for the fourth wicket to set the platform.
Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman reduced New Zealand to 26 for two after the visitor opted to bat first. He removed Will Young, who made 58 in the first match, for a duck and then claimed the wicket of Finn Allen for 12.
Debutant Syed Khaled Ahmed (three for 60), got into the act with the wicket of Chad Bowes for 14, as New Zealand slumped to 36 for three in the eighth over.
Nicholls and Blundell got the side back on track, playing with caution and aggression. However, Khaled broke the dangerous partnership as Nicholls edged behind after hitting six fours.
Blundell then unleashed his attacking batting to keep the scoreboard ticking as he brought up his fifty off 54 balls, driving left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed’s flighted delivery to long-on for a single. But Mahmud gave Bangladesh a boost when he uprooted Blundell’s stump with a yorker.
The Bangladesh spinners then took charge and claimed some quick wickets before Sodhi propelled the side past the 250-run mark. He hit three sixes in his knock before being the last batter out.
Pacer Kyle Jamieson removed Litton for six after the batter was reprieved by DRS in the first over of the chase. But Tamim Iqbal, who returned to the side after recovering from back pain, kept the side on track by scoring boundaries at regular intervals.
With Tanzid Hasan also finding boundaries with ease, Bangladesh appeared to be the clear favourite. But Sodhi sparked the collapse as Bangladesh was reduced to 92 for five from 60 for one in just eight overs.
He started with the wicket of Tanzid (16) and then took the crucial wicket of Tamim, who was out for 44 when trying to sweep against a googly. Sodhi also removed Soumya Sarkar, who played his first match in two years, for a duck and got the better of Towhid Hridoy for four.
Mahmudullah and Mahedi Hasan resisted, sharing a 42-run stand, before Sodhi knocked out the latter for his maiden five-for. Off-spinner Cole McConchie had Mahmudullah caught by Allen at short fine-leg after he made a team-best 49.
Nasum scored 21 but that only reduced the margin of the defeat.
The third and final ODI is on Tuesday.
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