New Zealand take 1-0 lead after Sodhi's career-best show
Ish Sodhi's career-best performance (6-39) in ODI cricket set up New Zealand's 86-run victory in the second ODI against Bangladesh as they took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. After a useful contribution with the bat that lifted New Zealand to 254, Sodhi bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs to skittle Bangladesh out for 168 in Dhaka on Saturday (September 23).
Litton Das reviewed in the very first over of the chase to reverse a leg-before decision after being struck on the pad by Trent Boult. The openers, though, weren't able to score freely as Boult and Kyle Jamieson bowled in the right channels to keep Litton and Tamim Iqbal in check. New Zealand reaped the reward soon as Litton, in his attempt to upper-cut a Jamieson delivery, was caught at third man. Tamim, who was on 10 off 20 at that stage, picked up pace with his scoring with regular boundaries - including three in an over off Jamieson.
Tanzid Hasan also dealt in fours before Sodhi ended a promising stand by having the No.3 caught at mid off. Soumya Sarkar fell for a two-ball duck, handing a catch back to Sodhi in the same over. Sodhi bagged his third as he had Towhid Hridoy bowled with a wrong 'un. The senior pair of Tamim and Mahmudullah tried to steady the ship but their partnership ended on 22 as Sodhi struck again. Attempting a sweep, Tamim got a bit of a glove through to the 'keeper. The onfield decision was not out and New Zealand took the review but Tamim decided to walk, departing for 44 to leave Bangladesh at 92/5.
Mahedi Hasan got an lbw decision overturned and then put on a 42-run partnership with Mahmudullah as they tried to get Bangladesh back in the chase. However, their association was ended by Sodhi as he had Mahedi bowled for 17. A few overs later Mahmudullah was dismissed by Cole McConchie on 49, caught at backward square leg. Sodhi returned to the attack and picked up his sixth, getting Hasan Mahmud bowled with a googly. Jamieson and Ferguson cleaned up the tail as New Zealand secured a facile win, ending Bangladesh's innings in the 42nd over.
Earlier, Bangladesh's pacers and spinners complemented each other well as they combined to restrict New Zealand with disciplined bowling. Mahedi and debutant Khaled Ahmed picked up three wickets each after Mustafizur Rahman made early inroads with a couple of scalps. Tom Blundell resurrected the innings with a 66-ball 68 and put on 95 for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls (49). But Bangladesh hit back with quick wickets and it took Ish Sodhi's 35 to help them past the 250 mark.
After New Zealand skipper Lockie Ferguson decided to bat first, New Zealand suffered early setbacks as Will Young departed for an 8-ball duck, edging a Mustafizur delivery to the 'keeper, and the left-arm seamer also accounted for Allen, getting him to edge to slip. Chad Bowes, who looked in good touch, was the next to depart as he flicked Khaled's short delivery straight to square leg. A good partnership between Blundell and Nicholls ensued, with timely boundaries and smart rotation of strike helping build the fourth wicket stand. But Nicholls missed out on a fifty by a solitary run, getting an edge off Khaled. Rachin Ravindra began in a positive manner while Blundell hit the first six of the innings as they added 26 before Mahedi ended Ravindra's stay. Mahmud then bagged the important wicket of Blundell and McConchie was out lbw to Nasum Ahmed as Bangladesh reduced New Zealand to 187/7.
New Zealand received some much needed impetus in the death overs through Jamieson and Sodhi as they pressed on the accelerator. The eighth wicket stand, however, came to an end on 32 when Mahedi outsmarted Jamieson. In late drama, Mahmud had Sodhi, who had ventured out of the crease, run out at the non-striker's end but captain Litton Das decided to call back the batter. Ferguson scored some useful runs as he struck a four and a six before getting out stumped off Mahedi. Sodhi then hit a six off Mahedi, who finished with career-best figures of 3-45. Sodhi got his third six when Sarkar parried the ball over the boundary in the final over but Khaled ended his stay soon after, having him caught behind to pick up his third - with Bangladesh having to use a review.
Brief scores: New Zealand 254 in 49.2 overs (Tom Blundell 68, Henry Nicholls 49; Mahedi Hasan 3-45, Khaled Ahmed 3-60) beat Bangladesh 168 in 41.1 overs (Mahmudullah 49, Tamim Iqbal 44; Ish Sodhi 6-39) by 86 runs.