The first ODI match between New Zealand and Bangladesh was abandoned due to rain; the second match was free from unnecessary interruptions. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first; Bangladesh bowlers did a phenomenal job today; by taking a few early wickets, New Zealand's momentum was broken, and the run rate slowed down significantly.
The lower-order batsmen gave their best and stretched the score to 254/10 in 49.2 overs. It's not a good score, but it's not bad either. Bangladesh started off quite well with their batting, but wickets kept falling. Ish Sodhi was the leading wicket-taker; he took 6 wickets and gave away 39 runs in 10 overs.
New Zealand's overall bowling efforts restricted Bangladesh to 168-10 in 41.1 overs, allowing New Zealand to win the match by 86 runs. Watch the entire match highlights below: Shakib Al Hasan spoke about Bangladesh's batting in the Asia Cup; he believes it needs to be improved.
Today's match was a reflection confirming that Shakib's statement was accurate. The 3rd ODI is scheduled to take place on 26th September.
Post Match interviews
Litton Das (Bangladesh's captain)
"Before 40 overs we were in the game," Das said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com.
"Their lower order batted really well. The wicket was not bad to bat on, we were not up to the mark with our batting. Like I said, their lower order batted really well and scored 40-50 runs. Our two senior guys played well but the rest of the batters were not up to the mark".
Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand's captain)
"Excellent win by the boys," Ferguson said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "It all started with our batters, Henry and Blundell soaked up the pressure, Bangladesh started well with the ball but those two got us back into the game.
The way Ish bowled today was exceptional, he's our go-to guy and nice to see him yielding the results of his hard work. It was an all round team performance".