Middle-order batsman Neil Broom scored a stunning maiden ODI century as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 67 runs to clinch the series in Nelson on Thursday.
Put into bat first, hosts were in all sorts of trouble as experienced opener Martin Guptill and captain Kane Williamson departed at the score 37 in the 11th over. The 33-year-old Neil Broom then came to bat but kept losing wickets from the other end, but he made sure that hosts batted out their full quota of 50 overs, and took the team’s total to 251.The Christchurch-born right-hander scored 109 not out off just 107 balls, which included eight fours and three massive sixes.
He was well supported by wicketkeeper batsman Luke Ronchi lower down the order, as he scored 35 off 38 balls.For visitors, captain Mashrafe Mortaza picked three, whereas pacer Taskin Ahmed and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan claimed two wickets each.Chasing a more than achievable target of 252 to level the series, visitors were in full control till the 23rd over, courtesy 75-run second wicket partnership of opener Imrul Keyes and Sabbir Rahman.
However, Sabbir’s run out triggered a collapse of the visiting side, as they lost their nine wickets for just 80 runs and were eventually bowled out for 184 in the 43rd over.Keyes finished the innings with the top score of 59 off 89 balls, which included six fours. For Black Caps, captain Williamson was the pick of the bowler, as he claimed three wickets, whereas pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee picked two wickets each.For his outstanding batting performance, Broom was awarded man of the match.