Bangladesh suffered a second defeat on its cricket tour of New Zealand, succumbing by seven wickets to Auckland on Eden Park's outer oval yesterday.
The tourists will take little momentum into tomorrow's Twenty20 charity match against New Zealand in Hamilton, which precedes the three-match one-day series starting in Auckland on Wednesday.
Yesterday's defeat bore striking similarities to Bangladesh's seven-wicket loss to Northern Districts last Sunday. Northern took 42.3 overs to reach its target in Hamilton while the Aucklanders managed it off 46 yesterday, finishing on 243 for three in reply to the tourists 242 all out in its penultimate over.
Auckland captain Richard Jones was the mainstay, finishing unbeaten on 85 off 88 balls against a Bangladesh that lacked penetration on a true pitch.
Abdur Razzak was the tightest of the Bangladesh bowlers, conceding 21 runs off eight overs while the wickets were shared between Mashrafe Mortaza, Nazmul Hossain and Farhad Reza. Teenage opener Tamim Iqbal was the solitary Bangladesh batsman to take advantage of the tourists' determination to log some necessary time in the middle. Captain Mohammad Ashraful had little hesitation in offering Auckland a potential early leg up when deciding to bat first but Tamim relished the challenge, compiling 104.
- The Press
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