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Latham leads from the front as Kiwis beat Bangladesh

18 May 2017

Hamish Bennett took advantage of his long-awaited one-day global recall as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the Tri-Nation Series encounter in Clontarf.

After Luke Ronchi had given New Zealand their usual fast start (27 from 27 balls) skipper Tom Latham led from the front with 54 from 64 balls.

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Kiwi seamer Hamish Bennett was the leading wicket-taker from the Black Caps, scalping 3 wickets for 31 runs in his 10 overs.

Number seven batsman Mosaddek Hossain added a run-a-ball 41 to lead the Bangladesh side past 250. For Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain bagged two wickets each.

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The Black Caps had restricted Bangladesh to 257 for nine in the third game of the series despite three batsmen making half centuries.

Bangladesh's first match against Ireland last Friday was abandoned due to rain after the Tigers had reached 159 for four on a lush green pitch. But both players felt their team's fielding effort was not up to scratch - the Bangladesh innings featured several misfields with players letting balls through or diving over them, overthrows that went to the boundary, and dropped chances - which left them chasing more than they should have been.

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Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah kept Bangladesh ticking over before Mosaddek Hossain made 41 off as many deliveries, but Bennett took three late wickets in an encouraging worldwide comeback. Ireland are at number three, having two points after two matches. Ireland play Bangladesh on May 19 followed by Ireland versus New Zealand on May 21.

Latham leads from the front as Kiwis beat Bangladesh