Tom Latham stood up for his side when they needed him the most to guide the Black Caps to a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh. The stand-in-skipper scored a sedate 110* off 108 deliveries as New Zealand landed the knockout punch in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
New Zealand won the toss and inserted the opposition in. Skipper Tamim Iqbal stepped up for the Bangladeshi Tigers with a sedate 78 off 108 deliveries at the top of the order. The experienced Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarkar chipped in with crucial thirties. But the innings got the momentum only after the entry of Mohammad Mithun. The 30-year-old scored a scintillating 57 ball 73*, as Bangladesh posted a competitive total of 271 runs on the board.
In reply, the Kiwis lost their top order early and were reeling at 53/3. And, it looked as if the Bangladeshi Tigers might pull off an upset. But then, Devon Conway and Tom Latham came together and put on a match-winning partnership of 113 runs for the 4th wicket to seal the game for the hosts. While Latham scored his 5th ODI century, Conway helped himself to a responsible 72 off 93 deliveries.
Only two Bangladesh bowlers who rolled their arm over could scalp wickets. Mustafizur Rahman and Mahedi Hasan picked up two wickets apiece for the visitors. Latham won the Man of the Match award for his responsible knock with the willow.
The third and final ODI of the series will be played on 26th March 2021. While the visitors would be looking to salvage some pride by winning the third rubber at Wellington, the Kiwis will be looking for a clean sweep.
Bangladesh – 271/6 after 50 overs (M Mithun 73*; M Santner 2/51)
New Zealand – 275/5 after 48.2 overs (T Latham 110*; M Hasan 2/42)