Micromax ODI CUP – Bangladesh vs New Zealand (Nzl vs Ban) 4th ODI, Bangladesh won by nine runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Shakib Al Hasan was key to Bangladesh’s victory before a sizeable crowd at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, hitting a 113-ball 106 for his fifth one-day hundred to help his side post 241.
New Zealand were bowled out for 232 in the last over, with middle-order batsman Kane Williamson posing a major threat to Bangladesh’s total with a fighting 108 for his maiden one-day hundred.
Bangladesh managed to hold their nerve in the final over and dismissed him with three balls to spare.
Bangladesh Captain Shakib: We played great cricket throughout the series. The guys have showed tremendous character when we needed them to. We have been working really hard and hopefully things will fall in place before the World Cup. Williamson batted really well, he played our spinners exceptionally well. I think I batted sensibly as that was the order of the day. The wicket was easy to bat on and with the ball, it came out well for me.
New Zealand Captain Vettori : Bangladesh have played better cricket, so they deserve the win. Williamson showed a lot of character to play the way he did in these conditions. Everyone playing in the sub-continent need to adapt to these conditions. We have a lot to rectify and we have 1 game left, so we hope to do well there.