Rubel hat-trick leads Tigers to win

Bangladesh

Bangladesh got their ODI series against New Zealand off to a cracking start, winning the first ODI in Dhaka by 43 runs thanks to some rain intervention and a hat-trick from Rubel Hossain.

Bangladesh got their ODI series against New Zealand off to a cracking start, winning the first ODI in Dhaka by 43 runs thanks to some rain intervention and a hat-trick from Rubel Hossain.

The spinner took seven wickets in total, as the Black Caps were all out for 162 in chasing the adjusted target of 206 to win. Bangladesh had made 265 all out earlier in the day, with Mushfiqur Rahim and Naeem Islam's century stand rescuing the knock.

The Tigers were put in to bat after losing the toss, and immediately the visitors took control of the game. Tim Southee quickly removed Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque, before Mominul Haque was run out for duck without even facing a ball.

This left the Tigers on 25 for three and on the verge of collapse, but skipper Rahim and Islam joined forces to put on a stand of 154 runs over the next 30 overs. They went at more than five to the over as the Kiwis struggled to continue the rout.

Rahim was the first of the pair to fall, caught behind by Brendon McCullum off Jimmy Neesham for 90, while Naeem went on to make 84 before also being caught behind, off Southee.

Neesham ended up taking four wickets as he wrapped up the tail, with only Mahmudullah's 29 the other meaningful score. Still, it was enough to push them to 265, which seemed unlikely given the way the game began.

The Black Caps' chase started poorly as opener Hamish Rutherford was out in the fourth over for just one, bowled by Sohag Gazi. This left debutant Anton Devcich to bat with Grant Elliott, before the former was out for 22 to Mahmudullah.

Elliott then had to watch from one end as the rest of his side capitulated after a rain delay of an hour. This saw the overs reduced to 33 and the target to 206, with the Kiwis on 82 for three at the break.

When play resumed, Elliott and Corey Anderson pushed the score to 121, at which point Rubel came to the party. He removed Anderson for 46, and then McCullum and Neesham too, and thus became only the third Bangladesh player to take a hat-trick.

Nathan McCullum was his fifth victim, before Elliott's brave stand came to an end with his score on 71. Kane Williamson was unable to bat due to injury, leaving the Black Caps well behind the rate and with three overs to go and no batsmen in hand.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Sohag Gazi

New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, Anton Devcich, Ross Taylor, Brendan McCullum, Kane Williamson, Nathan McCullum, Jimmy Neesham, Grant Elliott, Tim Southee, Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan

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