Batting first after winning the toss, Bangladesh reached 245 for 8 against New Zealand XI in the 43 overs at Cobham Oval, Whangarei today.
Although Bangladesh lost Tamim Iqbal early, Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar took the attack to the bowlers and took their team to 62 inside 11 overs. The 55-run stand in 8.3 overs was punctuated with some lovely boundaries, particularly on the off side.
After Imrul was dismissed by Henry Shipley for 36, Mahmudullah Riyad got his eye in, made 43 from 46 and contributed in some useful partnerships in the middle order. The fourth and fifth wicket stands of over 50 runs enabled Bangladesh to post 245 in the end.
When Mahmudullah retired on 43 not out, Mushfiqur Rahim took up the mantle of scoring and looked quite busy at the crease. His knock of 45 in 41 balls came to a conclusion with a reverse sweep of Ajaz Patel in the 40th over. As Tigers lost wickets late in their innings, they didn’t get the momentum to push for a bigger total in the death overs. Skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was not out with 21 from 19 balls after 43 overs.
For New Zealand XI, Shawn Hicks and Brett Hampton took two wickets each. Hicks captured the wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan Miraz for 30 runs in six overs.