In the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh faced off against New Zealand, and the match turned out to be a memorable one for the visiting team. New Zealand secured an impressive 86-run victory, marking their first ODI win against the Tigers since 2008.
Umpire’s counting error in Mahedi Hasan’s over
Amidst the action-packed contest, an unusual incident caught the attention of cricket fans. It involved Mahedi Hasan, the Bangladeshi bowler, and on-field umpire Sharfuddoula. During New Zealand’s innings, Mahedi inadvertently bowled 7 legal balls in an over, as umpire Sharfuddoula experienced a momentary lapse and failed to keep track of the number of deliveries bowled.
Notably, Sharfuddoula, a former domestic cricketer in Bangladesh, has featured in 10 First-Class matches and claimed 31 wickets. In the realm of international umpiring duties, he has officiated in over 150 matches to date.
Tom Blundell shines with the bat
Speaking about the match, the Black Caps faced a stern test against the Bangladeshi bowlers. They struggled to maintain consistency and managed to post a total of 254 runs in their allotted 50 overs. Henry Nicholls was the notable contributor with 49 runs off 61 balls, including six boundaries.
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However, Tom Blundell played a standout innings, scoring 68 runs from 66 balls, featuring 6 fours and a six. Ish Sodhi also played a crucial role with a late-innings cameo, smashing 35 runs off 39 balls, including three maximums.
Sodhi’s heroics with the ball
Chasing a target of 255, Bangladesh faced the heat against a potent New Zealand bowling attack. Tamim Iqbal provided some hope with his innings of 44 runs off 58 balls, featuring seven boundaries. Mahmudullah anchored the innings, scoring 49 runs off 76 balls, including four fours and a six.
However, the Bangladeshi batters struggled to build partnerships, and New Zealand’s bowlers consistently maintained a disciplined line and length to apply pressure. Sodhi emerged as the star with the ball for New Zealand, delivering a match-winning performance by claiming six crucial wickets for just 39 runs in his 10-over spell.