Despite Sarkar’s outstanding performance New Zealand lost the second ODI against Bangladesh.

Despite Sarkar's outstanding performance New Zealand lost the second ODI against Bangladesh.

On Wednesday, Henry Nicholls came perilously close to reaching a century as New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets and secured the victory in their one-day international series. Despite Sarkar’s outstanding performance New Zealand lost the second ODI against Bangladesh.

Soumya Sarkar’s outstanding 169 off 151 deliveries could not help Bangladesh end their miserable ODI run against the Black Caps in New Zealand, where they have now lost all 18 of their previous 50-over matches.

“The openers did an exceptional job setting the stage for the innings,” remarked New Zealand captain Tom Latham. “Two successful partnerships also contributed to our favorable position.” “Very clinical in nature,” he continued.

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As part of the hosts’ impressive batting effort, Nicholls and Will Young combined to score 128 runs for the second wicket. Latham and Nicholls subsequently collaborated to take 56 more for the third as the batsmen of New Zealand dominated.

The victory in Nelson extends New Zealand’s series advantage to an insurmountable 2-0 after their 44-run triumph in the opening game on Sunday.

On Saturday, the third and final ODI will be played in Napier.

Sarkar’s innings, which was boundary-heavy, elevated the opposition to a respectable 291 all out. However, with 95 runs off 99 deliveries, Nicholls captained a formidable Black Caps response and guided the hosts to a comfortable victory.

Sarkar fails to secure the record.

Sarkar batted magnificently, bouncing back from a blank on the previous Sunday to hit 22 fours and two sixes. He came close to surpassing the Bangladesh ODI batting record of 176, established in March 2020 by Litton Das against Zimbabwe.

Sarkar struck out during a 91-run fifth-wicket partnership with veteran batsman Mushfiqur Rahim. He was ultimately dismissed in the 49th over, being caught behind by seamer William O’Rourke. This marked the first of three wickets the New Zealand bowler captured in the final six deliveries.

In reply, the New Zealand openers raced to 76-1 after ten overs. Rachin Ravindra was dismissed for 45 off 33 deliveries by Bangladesh debutant Rishad Hossain, who made an outstanding catch at deep midwicket.

The wicket was secured by Bangladesh’s bowlers at the conclusion of a costly over in which Ravindra and Will Young each struck fours and sixes.

The entire New Zealand batsmen performed admirably, while the Bangladesh spinners encountered considerable difficulty in establishing their dominance. Young, who amassed 105 runs in the first ODI, was on the verge of completing another century when Hasan Mahmud caught and bowled his misfired drive.

Young concluded the match on 89 runs as New Zealand took control at 204 for two. His partnership with Nicholls for 129 runs off 131 deliveries was the most profitable of the match.

Following Nicholls’s adversity, which left New Zealand at 260 for three after forty overs, Black Caps captain Tom Latham and wicketkeeper Tom Blundell sustained the hosts’ total with 34 runs off 32 deliveries. Blundell scored 24 runs off 20 deliveries with a mammoth six in the 46th over.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” said Najmul Hossain Shanto, captain of Bangladesh. “Today it cost us a couple of early wickets; that was the deciding factor.”

“Our tally was respectable, but our bowlers performed poorly.”

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