Devon Conway, James Neesham script a crushing win for New Zealand

Devon Conway delivered splendid century followed by excellent bowling performances from Matt Henry and James Neesham to see New Zealand register a massive 164-run win over Bangladesh in the final ODI played at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

With this result, New Zealand managed to complete a 3-0 whitewash over Bangladesh in the ODI series.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first in perfect conditions. Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls got the side off to a decent start, courtesy 44-run partnership.

Pacer Rubel Hossain dismissed Guptill, who perished after scoring 26 runs off 28 balls. His opening partner, Henry Nicholls, couldn’t do any better are departed after scoring 18 runs off 21 balls.

Coming back from injury, experienced batsman Ross Taylor failed to make an impact and perished for low score to see New Zealand placed in a tricky situation at 57 for 3 after 10.6 overs. Devon Conway and Captain Tom Latham led the fightback with 63-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Latham failed to capitalize on his good start and departed in the 23rd over to see New Zealand lose their fourth wicket.

With home side placed at 120 for 4, Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell came together and produced a match-winning partnership of 159 runs to see New Zealand take control of the game.

For New Zealand, Devon Conway notched up his maiden century in limited-overs cricket and finished the innings with the top-score of 126 runs off 110 balls with the help of seventeen boundaries. He was well supported by Daryl Mitchell, who scored his maiden century with the help of nine fours and two sixes.

For Bangladesh, pacer Rubel Hossain claimed three wickets and conceded 70 runs in his full quota of overs. Taskin Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar and Mustafizur Rahman claimed one wicket apiece.

Chasing 319 runs for victory, Bangladesh got off to a worse possible start and crumbled under pressure against New Zealand pace bowlers. Matt Henry ran through the top-order to see Bangladesh reduced to  48 for 4.

Wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim scored 21 runs off 44 balls before giving his wicket away in the 23rd over to see Bangladesh lose their fifth wicket. Bowling all-rounder James Neesham ran through the lower-order to dismiss Bangladesh for 154 runs in 42.4 overs.

For Bangladesh, Mahmudullah Riyad was the only player, who showed some fight with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 76 not out off 73 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes.

Medium-pacer James Neesham was the standout bowler and claimed five wickets, whereas Matt Henry finished with figures of 4 for 27 in his 10 overs.

For his outstanding performances, Devon Conway was awarded player of the match and the series.

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