Rubel Hussain led Bangladesh to a supreme win – 1st ODI vs. New Zealand

Bangladesh 265 (Mushfiqur Rahim 90, Naeem Islam 84, James Neesham 4-42) beat New Zealand 162 (Grant Elliott 71, Corey Anderson 46, Rubel Hossain 6-26, Mahmudullah 1-27) by 43 runs (Duckworth/Lewis Method).

The express bowler of Bangladesh, Rubel Hossain, ripped through the strong batting line up of New Zealand who surrendered the first ODI at Mirpur.

The Bengal Tigers smashed 265 in 49.5 overs and the Black Caps managed 162 after utilising 29.5 overs.

Rubel Hossain (Bangladesh) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his deadly bowling.

The first One Day International was played on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Rubel Hossain - 'Player of the match' for his lethal bowling spell of 6-26
Rubel Hossain – ‘Player of the match’ for his lethal bowling spell of 6-26

Earlier, Brendon McCullum won the toss and offered the batting to the hosts who lost three wickets for just 25 runs. The skipper of the Bengal Tigers, Mushfiqur Rahim, along with Naeem Islam stopped the invasion of the Kiwis by their sterling batting. The first was the most attacking of the two, he hit the boundaries frequently and attained his 12th ODI fifty in the 21st over. Naeem Islam changed his gears, started punching fours and reached his fourth ODI half century 10 overs later. The partnership was broken at 179 in 36.3 overs when Mushfiqur Rahim was gone for 90. Naeem Islam scored 84 as the entire Bangladesh team was bowled out for 265 with one ball to spare.

James Neesham was the top wicket taker with four, Tim Southee held three and Corey Anderson got two wickets.

The visitors lost their three wickets at 60 when Corey Anderson joined in with Grant Elliott. The score touched 82 in 20 overs and the game was disturbed by rain at that stage. The target was reduced to 206 in 33 overs as per D/L method as Rubel Hossain struck thrice in the 24th over and claimed a hat-trick. He removed Corey Anderson, McCullum and James Neesham for 46, 0 and 0 runs respectively. Grant Elliott grasped his 6th ODI fifty in the 26th over as the wickets kept on sliding at the other end. He was the last batsman to be dismissed for 71 as the innings of the Kiwis was squeezed for 162.

Rubel Hossain was the star performer with six wickets whereas Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak and Mahmudullah shared one wicket each.

Bangladesh clinched the first One Day International with a margin of 43 runs and the second game will be held at the same venue on October 31, 2013.


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