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Innings Bangladesh 226 (Mithun 57, Sabbir 43, Ferguson 3-43) v New Zealand

New Zealand"s off-colour day in the field didn"t deter their bowlers from restricting Bangladesh to 226. Collectively, the New Zealand bowlers suffered five dropped catches as well as the bail not falling once from an inside edge. But the visitors" struggle against pace continued as only a 75-run sixth wicket stand between Mohammad Mithun and Sabbir Rahman gave them some respectability.

Mithun"s hamstring injury, picked up in the 30th over when he was batting at his smoothest, remains a concern. He top-scored again with 57, hitting seven fours and a six off 69 balls in another innings of restraint.

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Lockie Ferguson, who took three wickets, and Matt Henry, who mixed his pace very well in his thrifty ten overs, were impressive with new and old ball.

Bangladesh"s poor starting continued to bother them as Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal again fell early. Ferguson"s excellent running catch took care of Liton"s needless charge at Trent Boult, while Henry nailed Tamim with a beautiful seaming delivery that trapped him lbw.

Soumya Sarkar once again failed to kick on from a start, after he edged a wayward Colin de Grandhomme to slip for 22. Mushfiqur, who was dropped on 5 and 14, was bowled of the inside-edge, similar to his dismissal in the first ODI. Legspinner Todd Astle, included in place of left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, then removed Mahmudullah as Bangladesh were five down inside 21 overs.

The Mithun-Sabbir partnership then produced some sparkling shots, apart from bringing up Bangladesh"s total towards decency. Mithun, who was Ross Taylor"s second drop at slip, got stuck into Astle by chipping through long-off and cover, and tipping him with a reverse-paddle.

But soon after he"d hit his most good-looking shot, a push through cover off the pacy Ferguson, Mithun pulled his hamstring while taking a single. The discomfort affected his batting as he began relying on boundaries, and although he struck Astle for a slog-swept six and an inside-out four in the 33rd over, he didn"t last much longer. Astle bowled him in the next over, ensuring Bangladesh"s lower order had to get involved for the last 14 overs.

Sabbir, who had been timing the ball well through point, midwicket and down the ground, also survived twice. In the 29th over, his leg stump was unmoved despite an inside edge off Astle clipping it. In the 36th over, Sabbir"s review saved him as the Henry delivery that looked destined to hit the top of middle-stump was shown to be going over in the replay.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz"s dismissal at the start of the 41st over slowed down Sabbir and Mohammad Saifuddin, as they fell within two overs of each other, leaving Mashrafe Mortaza 4.1 overs in the end with No. 11 Mustafizur Rahman. He struck a six in that time, but the innings finished with Trent Boult taking a superb diving catch at short fine-leg as Mashrafe"s attempted a scoop in the final over.

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