New Zealand has set a formidable milestone on its return to ODI cricket for the first time in a year, taking an overwhelming victory over a disappointment, topping Bangladesh’s Trent Boult and watching wicket take as the eyelashes of visitors was overwhelmed on a surface that offered a crack Then Martin Guptill briefly punched the grass banks when the target was chased with more than 28 overs

Only Madmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim passed 20 for Bangladesh when the lineup was challenged by the oval surface of the university, which New Zealand took to perfection after bowling for the first time as a sign of the grip they had with the ball only eight limits (along with three sixes) as they bundled the opponent with eight overs left when Boult claimed the final two wickets in three balls Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner each claimed a decent brace

Guptill picked up his T20 form from the series against Australia, sending seven of his 19 deliveries to the border, including four for six, in an opening score of 54 to 53 overs. His fun was ended when he took a big swing at Taskin Ahmed who bowled at a good pace and pushed after, although Guptill wasn’t sure and needed an evaluation

With no pressure on the scoreboard, Henry Nicholls and Devon Conway, the last of three New Zealand debutants, leisurely paced Conway traveled with a handful of required runs and picked a deep, square leg, but it allowed debutant Will Young to have one brief stay at the fold, and his successive boundaries completed the win so that Nicholls was missing one of his fifty

This was New Zealand’s first ODI since their canceled Australian tour last March and only the fourth since the 2019 World Cup final for the first time since 2012, they distributed three new internationals in the same game, with all-rounder Daryl Mitchell joining Conway and Young Mitchell was not needed with either a bat or ball and his only chance to get on the scoreboard was missed when he was distracted by Tom Latham diving over him when Matt Henry found the edge of Liton Das It in game six was New Zealand’s only mistake in the innings

The first hit of the game was a six when Tamim Iqbal Boult cut up over the backward point, but the competition was soon won by the left with a classic line-up: after beating Iqbal twice with a late away swing, he left one hold his line that thundered into Iqbal’s pads to make the pound. Three balls later, Boult had his second when Soumya Sarkar played a bad blow against a shorter delivery and shot a hook offside

That worked well in tough conditions when he tried to go either all the way forward or all the way back, but his hard work was undone when he got a head start on the middle in Neesham’s opening

Against a relentless New Zealand attack, the hit rate was seldom above three Kyle Jamieson, who fought Australia in the T20I series, was wicketed, but sometimes Bangladesh could barely put a bat on him when he was of a reasonably long length got tedious jump

Rahim played solidly to give his team a chance at building a foundation, but became Neesham’s second wicket when he was in tight quarters and played a cut and found a gutter, which was the first of three wickets open for nine runs in six overs fell

Bangladesh’s suffering worsened when Mohammad Mithun snapped Neesham’s finger into the non-striker’s stump after a firm, straight ride from Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan then moved too far over his crease towards Santner and let his stump tickle

Debutant Mahedi Hasan sparked when his first hit at ODIs was a huge 94-yard six-over-long-off, but attempting to repeat it four overs later provided a catch for the middle, Bangladesh leaving eight with 18 overs remaining

Madmudullah and Ahmed formed a 10-over stand, although large chunks of that were just survival before Madmudullah, trying to give impetus, picked Midwicket, where Santner perfectly timed his jump and Boult did the rest >

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