Fast bowler Rubel Hossain took a hat-trick and a career-best 6 for 26 to help Bangladesh win the rain marred 1st ODI against New Zealand by 43 runs on Tuesday. New Zealand was 82 for 3 after 20 overs when unexpected rain delayed the match for about 1 and a half hour Giving New Zealand a revised, tougher target of 206 off 33 overs by the Duckworth Lewis method,.The Kiwis were all out for 162 in 29.5 overs at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Kane Williamson, did not bat because he was hurt. Bangladesh was dismissed in 49.5 overs for 265, their highest score against New Zealand. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 90 and Naeem Islam made 84.
After the rain break, New Zealand’s Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott went aggressively after the Bangladeshi bowlers . They were 121 for 3, silencing the crowd until Rubel made mockery of the middle order in his third over. He knocked over the middle stump of Corey Anderson (46), got captain Brendan McCullum (0) out on a golden duck by forcing him to slice straight to backward point, and got James Neesham (0) to glance a legside delivery for a catch behind.
Rubel became the third Bangladeshi to achieve an ODI hat-trick after Shahadat Hossain against Zimbabwe in 2006 and Abdur Razzak against the same opponent in 2010. Rubel later dismissed Nathan McCullum (10) and Grant Elliott (71) to help his side seal the first of the 3 matche series.
For Bangladesh, Rahim’s 90 off 98 balls and Naeem’s 84 from 115 included a stand of 154 for the fourth wicket after Bangladesh was 25 for 3. Medium-fast bowler James Neesham finished with 4 for 42 and fast bowler Tim Southee 3 for 34. Spinner Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out with a viral fever, while opener Anton Devcich made his debut for New Zealand and scored 22 off 29 balls.
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