New Zealand wraps up one-day series
Friday, 28 December 2007

New Zealand wraps up one-day seriesAfter winning the toss - it took a few overs before the New Zealand openers found their touch.

Jamie How's day should have ended early, but it was Brendon McCullum who pushed his luck once too often - run out for 35.

How continued the aggressive approach - and along with Peter Fulton, took the run rate above 6 an over.

But triple figures eluded them both - first how falling short for 74 - then Fulton for 83 as the Black Caps began to lose momentum.

Just as Bangladesh started to make the hosts look uncomfortable - Jacob Oram and Ross Taylor seized back control.

A master class in power hitting - a partnership of 89 runs in the last 8 overs - with Oram clubbing 55 off just 31 balls - to lift the Black Caps to 335 for 5.

If Bangladesh were daunted - they did not show it.

And while the Black Caps still held the upper hand - the New Zealanders could not help but be concerned by the Bangladeshi resistance.

As soon as Mark Gillespie left the field injured - Kyle Mills made sure his tormentors quickly followed with two quick wickets.

Then the killer blow - the prize scalp of Mohammed Ashraful for just 3.

Replays definitely putting the dismissal in the controversial category, but there was nothing controversial about the result - the Black Caps securing the series win

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