Martin Guptill smashed a scintillating century to help New Zealand clinch the one-day series against Bangladesh in the second one-day game played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Despite poor fielding, New Zealand did well to restrict Bangladesh to a below-par score of 226 runs. In reply, Guptill led the way with the bat to see New Zealand cruise to comfortable victory.
Henry Nicholls once again could not produce a big score for the side. Left-handed batsman could only manage 14 runs as left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman dismissed him to provide early breakthrough for Bangladesh.
Martin Guptill played with positive intent from the outset and produced a flurry of boundaries to put pressure back on Bangladeshi bowlers. The veteran opener notched up his half-century in just 33 balls and added 143-run partnership with Captain Kane Williamson to take New Zealand a step closer towards victory.
Guptill managed to register his 16th century in limited-overs cricket as Bangladesh failed to create any chances in the game. He scored 118 off 88 balls with the help of fourteen fours and four sixes. Guptill departed in the 28th over of the innings to see New Zealand needing another 41 runs to win the game. Williamson played well and remained unbeaten till the end to see New Zealand complete the chase in the 36th over. He was well supported by Ross Taylor, who chipped in with unbeaten 21 runs.
Bowlers put in a clinical performance to setup a comfortable win over Bangladesh in the second game played in Christchurch.
Earlier in the game, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first in overcast conditions. Bangladesh lost their opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das inside Powerplay overs. Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim got decent starts and failed to convert them into big scores. Mahmudullah perished for a low score to see Bangladesh reeling at 93 for 5 after 20.5 overs.
Mohammad Mithun came to the crease with Sabbir Rahman to lead a recovery of sorts for Bangladesh. The duo added 75 runs to help Bangladesh push their second beyond 200-run mark. Mithun scored 57 off 69 balls with the help of seven fours and a six. He was well supported by Sabbir, who also chipped in with 43 off 65 balls with the help of seven fours.The lower-order chipped in with crucial runs to see Bangladesh get bundled out for 226 runs in 49.2 overs.
For New Zealand, Pace bowler Lockie Ferguson was standout bowler with three wickets to his name. Leg-spinner Todd Astle and medium-pacer James Neesham also picked up with two wickets apiece.
The third and final game of the one-day series will be played on Wednesday in Dunedin. With this result, New Zealand have taken 2-0 lead in the three-match one-day series.