Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls star as New Zealand thrash Bangladesh in series opener

Trent Boult’s bowling masterclass followed by solid performances from Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill to see New Zealand register a comfortable eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the 1st ODI played at Dunedin. With this result, New Zealand go 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand skipper Tom Latham and opted to bowl first. The decision proved to be a correct one as the home side put in excellent bowling performance to dismiss Bangladesh for a paltry score of 131 runs. Pacer Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers and claimed four wickets, whereas James Neesham and Mitchell Santner picked up two wickets apiece.

For Bangladesh, Mahmudullah was the highest-scorer with 27 runs off 54 balls, whereas Mushfiqur Rahim chipped in with 23 runs off 49 balls with the help of two boundaries.

Chasing 132 runs for victory, openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls got the side off to a good start with 54-run partnership. Guptill looked in tremendous form and smashed a quick-fire 38 runs off 19 balls with the help of three boundaries and four sixes.

Henry Nicholls looked composed in his innings for New Zealand and added crucial partnerships with Martin Guptill, Devon Conway and Will Young to see the home side clinch a comfortable win.

Henry Nicholls was the standout player with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 49 not out off 53 balls with the help of six fours. He was well supported by Devon Conway, who in his debut game, scored 27 runs off 52 balls with the help of two boundaries.

Rookie Will Young remained unbeaten till the end and scored 11 not out off 6 balls with the help of two boundaries.

For Bangladesh, medium-pacers Hasan Mahmud and Taskin Ahmed picked one wicket apiece. The rest of the bowling unit failed to create pressure on New Zealand’s batting lineup.

For his outstanding bowling performance, Trent Boult was named player of the match. The second game of the one-day series will be played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

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