Shamsur Rahman led Bangladesh to a stunning victory over New Zealand yesterday, completing a 3-0 sweep of the one-day international series. Shamsur’s 96 rocketed the home side to 309-6, steaming past New Zealand’s 307 with four balls and four wickets to spare at the packed Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
The 25-year-old opener hit seven fours and four sixes in his 107-ball knock as Bangladesh successfully chased down their target.
Shamsur, playing only his second one-day international, fell short of what would have been a well-deserved century when his attempted drive off a Corey Anderson delivery flew off the edge to wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi.
Naeem Islam continued to lead the charge after Shamsur’s departure before he was run out for 63 off 74 balls.
Nasir Hossain (44 not out) stayed until the end to ensure Bangladesh never lost their way in the chase on a batting-friendly pitch.
Earlier, Ross Taylor hit his eighth one-day century as New Zealand posted their highest total of the series, making 107 not out while Colin Munro hit 85 to give the tourists a fighting chance of victory.
The pair put on 130 for the fourth wicket after Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to bowl.
Anton Devcich (46) and Tom Latham (43) gave New Zealand a decent start with a 66-run opening stand, but Bangladesh struck back soon after through their spinners to reduce the visitors to 101-3.
Munro led the initial charge to complete his 50 before he fell to off-spinner Mahmudullah.
The left-hander smashed seven fours and two sixes in his 95-ball innings.