Soumya's ton goes in vain: Kiwis clinch ODI series 2-0 against Tigers

Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar celebrates his century during the second One Day International cricket match against New Zealand at the Saxton Oval in Nelson of New Zealand on Wednesday.

Sports Reporter :
Despite Soumya Sarkar’s terrific century the Kiwis clinched the One Day International (ODI) cricket series 2-0 defeating the Tigers by seven wickets in the second ODI at the Saxton Oval in Nelson of New Zealand on Wednesday. Kiwis will face the Tigers in the third ODI at Napier on December 23.
Soumya Sarkar notched up a superb 169. His 151-ball innings was laced with 22 fours and two sixes. It was Soumya’s fourth ODI century. Soumya Sarkar was adjudged the Man of the Match.
Sent into bat first, Bangladesh piled up a fighting total of 291 off 49.5 overs.
In reply, New Zealand romped home making 296 for the loss of three wickets when they had 22 balls to spare.
Bangladesh lost their early three wickets for 44 runs.
Opener Soumya Sarkar and Towhid Hridoy repaired the damage contributing together 36 runs for the fourth wicket partnership before Hridoy (12) was run out by Josh Clarkson when the tourists’ total was 80 for the loss of four wickets.
After Hridoy’s dismissal, Soumya and Mushfiqur Rahim built a remarkable partnership. They scored together 91 runs in the fifth wicket stand before Mushfiqur Rahim was caught behind by wicketkeeper Tom Blundell off Jacob Duffy when the Tigers’ score was 171 for the loss of five wickets.
Mushfiqur Rahim hit a polished 45. He hit five fours in his 57-ball knock.
After Mushfiqur’s departure, Soumya and Mehidy Hasan Miraz added together 61 runs for the sixth wicket partnership before Miraz (19) was caught at the backward point by Will Young off Adithya Ashok when Bangladesh’s score was 232 for the loss of six wickets.
After Miraz’s dismissal, Soumya and Tanzim Hasan contributed together 40 runs in the seven-wicket partnership before Tanzim Hasan (13) was caught at the backward point by Ashok off Clarkson when Bangladesh’s score was 272 for the loss of seven wickets.
After Tanzim Hasan’s departure, Bangladesh batters failed to make any remarkable partnership.
William O’Rourke and Jacob Duffy grabbed three wickets each instead of 47 and 51 runs respectively.
New Zealand had a solid start with two openers Will Young and Rachin Ravindra put on together before Rachin Ravindra (45) was caught at the deep midwicket by Rishad Hossain off Hasan Mahmud when the Kiwis’ total was 76.
After Rachin’s departure, Will Young and Henry Nicholls added together 128 runs in the second wicket stand before Young was caught & bowled by Hasan Mahmud when the hosts’ score was 204 for the loss of two wickets.
Young cracked a superb 89. His 94-ball innings was laced with eight fours and two sixes.
After Young’s departure, Nicholls and Tom Latham scored together 56 runs for the third wicket partnership before Nicholls was caught at the deep midwicket by Rishad Hossain off Shoriful Islam when New Zealand’s total was 260 for the loss of three wickets.
Nicholls hit a marvelous 95. His 99-ball innings was belted with eight fours and a sixer.
Then, Tom Latham and Tom Blundell guided their team to anchor the victory target.
Latham remained unbeaten with 34, while Tom Blundell remained unbeaten with 24.
Hasan Mahmud bagged two wickets conceding 57 runs, while Shoriful Islam took one wicket at the cost of 49 runs.