Kiwis suffer 'extremely disappointing' loss

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Stand-in skipper Kyle Mills lamented a disappointing month, after New Zealand slumped to a four-wicket loss – and three-nil series defeat – to Bangladesh in Sunday's third and final ODI in Fatullah.

Stand-in skipper Kyle Mills lamented a disappointing month, after New Zealand slumped to a four-wicket loss – and three-nil series defeat – to Bangladesh in Sunday's third and final ODI in Fatullah.

The Black Caps amassed a solid total of 307 for five on the back of batsman Ross Taylor's century and a brisk half-century from the left-handed Colin Munro.

"I thought we had a total we could defend. The opening batters for Bangladesh played well and took the game away from us. Our spinners did a good job to bring it back for us somewhat, but the start they got created huge momentum for them to chase the total down," rued Mills, who led the Kiwis in the absence of the injured Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson.

"We are all very disappointed with the outcome of, not just this match but the whole series. To go down three-nil is extremely disappointing. It wasn't our plan when we came out here but we have to hand it to the Bangladesh side, they played exceptional cricket."

Mills found consolation in Taylor's ton, which featured nine boundaries and a trio of sixes. Seamers Jimmy Neesham and Corey Anderson, meanwhile, performed consistently well throughout.

"Ross' innings was a classy innings of an international cricket batsman. He crafted it beautifully. Tom Latham played a hand, Colin got an opportunity and he grasped it, he played a magnificent knock," he added.

"Through the series I think Corey and Jimmy really stood up as well. Young guys standing up is a great sign for New Zealand cricket, and definitely moving forward over the next 15 months."

The Tigers and Kiwis will contest a one-off Twenty20 International at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka on Wednesday.

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