Sabbir Rahmah chalked up his maiden one-day international century but early wobbles put paid to Bangladesh‘s hopes of avoiding a whitewash against New Zealand.
The Black Caps set the tourists a target of 331 for victory in this third ODI but were three down for two runs after two overs when Liton Das was bowled lbw for one off Tim Southee.
Southee already had claimed the wickets of Soumya Sarkar and opener Tamim Iqbal for ducks in a seven-ball spell and recorded figures of 6-65 in Dunedin as the hosts sealed an 88-run victory.
Rahman lacked support from the Bangladesh order and, by the time he passed 100, the tourists were needing nearly four a ball.
Southee got his sixth – and Bangladesh’s final – wicket when Rahman attempted a hefty pull which saw the bat fly out of his hands, with the Kiwi taking the catch.
If the tourists’ innings with the bat was mainly about one man, the Black Caps shared the runs around with a trio making half centuries.
Ross Taylor led the way with a knock of 69 and put on a 92-run stand for the third wicket with Henry Nicholls (64).
The home side put a Kane Williamson-less New Zealand in to bat, also bringing in Mitchell Santner and Southee for Todd Astle and Matt Henry.
Opening batsman Chris Munro was the first to fall, bowled lbw for eight off Mashrafe Mortaza.
Fellow opener Martin Guptill soon followed for 29, holing out to long-on, and unable to match his centuries at Napier and Christchurch.
New Zealand kept the scoreboard ticking over – captain Tom Latham contributed 59 – with a couple of quick wickets at the death seeing them post a score of 330 for six, before Bangladesh were bowled out in the 48th over for 242.
Bangladesh have already squandered the three-match series after comprehensive defeats in the first and second ODIs and will be playing for pride in the dead rubber.
Tamim’s own form with the bat has been under the scrutiny with the left-hander being dismissed for identical scores of five in both the games. The Bangladesh stalwart believes a failure at the top of the batting has been the biggest cause of his side’s downfall against the Kiwis.
“To be honest I will only hope that we don’t give away the game in the opening 10 overs, because if you lose a couple of wickets it gets difficult to make a comeback,” told the media on Monday.
“I think we did that in the opening two games and paid the price, and we hope not to make those mistakes in the next game.”
With the ICC World Cup coming up in England in just over three months, Tamim has urged Bangladesh to get their act together as quickly as possible.
“Last year we played some good cricket but this year we have not been able to play good cricket. Last time we put up a fight but this year there was no contest,” he said.
“I don’t know why we are failing to beat them here despite coming to New Zealand on three to four occasions. Because we have beaten them in Ireland and England, there is no reason why we cannot beat them here. First of all, we need to play good cricket, and we need to do it quickly as the World Cup is not very far ahead,” added Tamim.
Following the completion of the third ODI on Wednesday, New Zealand and Bangladesh will battle it out in a three-match Test series beginning on February 28.
The hosts were mighty impressive in their 2-1 Test series triumph but they will have their task cut out against the No1 ranked Englishmen in the ODI format.
As the two teams get ready for the first ODI – with less than 100 days to go until to the World Cup – we look at the three key battles which could have a decisive impact on the series.
SHIMRON HETMYER v ADIL RASHID
The Windies have a penchant for producing some swashbuckling limited-overs batsmen and Shimron Hetmyer is the latest such sensation to emerge for the Caribbean side.
Having forged his reputation in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the left-hander has been slowly enforcing his authority at the international level. Three ODI tons in just 20 innings is a testament to the prowess of the 22-year-old and he has the capability to take the game away from the opposition in a matter of a few overs.
He loves taking on the spinners and will relish his prospective battle with Adil Rashid. The England leg-spinner might have been mostly a passenger in the Test series but he is a completely different beast in the limited-overs format and will fancy his chances of toppling the uber-attacking Hetmyer.
JASON HOLDER v JOE ROOT
It was Jason Holder who won the battle of the skippers against Joe Root in the Test series, with the West Indies all-rounder leading his side from the front thanks to a sensational double ton.
Although it will be Eoin Morgan who takes charge of England in the ODI format, Holder will still hope to be a thorn in the side for Root throughout the five-match series.
Root warmed up for the ODI series with a fine ton in England’s warm-up game at Barbados and the top-order batsman remains key for his side despite the presence of several big hitters.
While Root will look to anchor the innings for the tourists, Holder, who was suspended for the third Test due to his side’s slow over-rate, will be determined to get the better of him. The talismanic Windies skipper has a habit of turning up against the big-name players like Virat Kohli and as such, his battle with Root should be an enticing one for the neutrals.
CHRIS GAYLE v MARK WOOD
Having announced his decision to retire from ODI cricket following the completion of this summer’s World Cup, Chris Gayle will be determined to pack a punch in what will be his last home series in the format.
The 39-year-old ‘Universe Boss’ is returning to international cricket after a long hiatus and wasn’t in the best of form during the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) either.
However, the explosive opener will look to sign off on a high in front of his own fans, especially at Barbados which is his home ground.
While Gayle is capable of striking fear into any opposition bowler, Mark Wood will be hoping to buck that trend. The England pacer was excellent on his return to red-ball cricket in the final Test against the Windies and will be looking to carry over that performance into the limited-overs clashes.
With a place in England’s World Cup squad on the line for Wood, the express fast-bowler should be hungry enough and he will back himself to get the better of a rusty Gayle with the new-ball in hand.