Broom ton saves Kiwi blushes

Quamrul Hassan | Update:

mashrafeNeil Broom scored an unbeaten 109 but Bangladesh bowlers staged a great performance to restrict hosts New Zealand to 251 runs in the second ODI on Thursday.


Winning the toss, Tigers skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza opted to bowl first and the pacer himself led an onslaught, removing Martin Guptill in the very first over for a duck.


Taskin Ahmed then sent Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (14) back to the pavillion while Shakib Al Hasan also picked up last match's hero Tom Latham (22) as the hosts were soon down to 47 for 3.


Broom was a different story though, as the batsman made 109 in 107 balls, hitting eight fours and three sixes to keep his team in the game.


But the others could not offer much resistance and all they could manage was a decent 251 thanks to James Neesham's 28 and Luke Ronchi's 35.


Bangladesh gave three youngsters -- wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan, pacer Subashis Roy and spinner Tanbir Hayder -- their ODI debut in the match.


Mashrafe was the most successful bowler, bagging three wickets while Taskin and Shakib claimed two each. Subashis and Mosaddek Hossain grabbed one wicket apiece.


Bangladesh have an easy target, but the record book will certainly boost their spirits. The team batting first in Saxton Oval have won only once.

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