New Zealand vs Bangladesh: The Maiden centuries for Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell scored a 164-run win for New Zealand in the third ODI in Wellington on Friday and gave the hosts a clean sweep.
Conway scored 126 off 110 balls, and after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat, Mitchell were unbeaten 100 and were out for 318 for six.
Bangladesh were all out for 154 after 42.4 overs, despite Mahmudullah’s unbeaten 76 not out, as eight batsmen failed to reach double figures.
Jimmy Neesham and Matt Henry made losses for New Zealand with the ball, five for 27 and four for 27 respectively.
Paceman Rubel Hussain was one of the Bangladesh bowlers who took three wickets for 70 runs, but the tourists attacked on a green basin reserve wicket.
Conway was rewarded for capitalizing on the tourist woes and his century just for the South African-born batsman, who has been in prolific form since being selected for the Black Caps at the end of last year.
His performances include 72 in the second Bangladesh ODI and an unbeaten 99 when he was left stranded in the Twenty20 match against Australia last month.
Mitchell noticed that he was suffering a similar problem in Wellington.
“I was just trying to swing as hard as I could,” said Mitchell.
“I will come to them either way. They think it is good to complete the work.”
Both Conway and Mitchell were playing only the third ODI for New Zealand after making their debut as series opener against Bangladesh in Dunedin last week.
New Zealand lost 57 for three after losing three wickets in 13 balls.
Tom Latham and Conway shared a 63-run partnership before New Zealand departed for 18.
He was to go on the attack for Conway and Mitchell, combining for 159 runs that put the match beyond Bangladesh’s reach.
Openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar were dismissed in the first five overs and a steady stream of wickets kept any meaningful partnership from forming.
The teams will take on the next team in the three-match Twenty20 series to be held in Hamilton on Sunday.