Guptill ton sets up New Zealand’s series win

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Martin Guptill’s second successive century followed a disciplined show from the New Zealand bowlers as the hosts sealed the series with an eight wicket win in the second ODI at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday (February 16).
Despite their poor catching, with plenty of chances going down, New Zealand were able to restrict Bangladesh to a total of 226 after the visiting team’s top-order faltered yet again. Guptill then guided New Zealand in the chase with a 88-ball 118, putting on a 143-run second wicket stand with Kane Williamson (65*) as the home team took only 36.1 overs to reach the target and extend their unbeaten streak against Bangladesh at home to 12 ODIs.Guptill led New Zealand’s positive start to the chase, clearing the fence twice off Mehidy Hasan. Henry Nicholls played second fiddle in a 45-run opening stand before getting out to Mustafizur Rahman, failing to keep a pull down. But the dismissal didn’t hold back Guptill who continued to find the boundaries as he registered a 33-ball fifty. Despite Kane Williamson taking his time to settle in, Guptill ensured it didn’t have any bearing on the scoring rate as he helped raise a half-century stand off 53 deliveries by contributing 35 of those runs.Guptill was especially punishing against short of length deliveries, putting them away with ease for plenty of boundaries. while Williamson made up for his sedate start as the second wicket pair brought up a century partnership, with the opener scoring 61 of that. The milestones continued with Guptill registering his 16th ODI hundred – with his 11th four when he whipped a Mohammad Saifuddin delivery to square leg.Bangladesh tried seven bowling options but nothing worked for them as Guptill and Williamson were largely untroubled during their partnership – the bowlers being generous with their full-tosses, long-hops and deliveries on the legs. It was a little too late for Bangladesh when Guptill was dismissed, falling in his attempt to pull a Mustafizur delivery over the fence. Williamson registered his 37th ODI fifty soon after, and along with Taylor added 41 runs to guide New Zealand to a comfortable win.Earlier, with overcast conditions and swing on offer, it was imperative for Bangladesh that their batsmen displayed proper application to negate the early threat from the bowlers after New Zealand opted to bowl. The visitors, though, were in early trouble again as they lost their openers on either side of a rain interruption. Liton Das paid for for his ambitious attempt to hit a Trent Boult delivery over the top while Tamim fell for a 28-ball 5 after being trapped in front by Matt Henry.Mushfiqur Rahim, playing his 200th ODI, had a early reprieve when he was put down by Todd Astle. He assisted Soumya Sarkar in rebuilding the innings for Bangladesh. But the recovery was short-lived as Sarkar was sucked into a drive by Colin de Grandhomme, with the resultant outside edge landing in the hands of Ross Taylor at slip. Taylor, however, had an average day in the field, dropping Rahim and Mohammad Mithun off Lockie Ferguson.