Bangladesh lose by 7 wickets despite Tamim heroics21 December 2007
Auckland made light work to see off Bangladesh in the third and final warm-up match before the three match one day international series against the Black Caps and handed the Bangladeshis their second defeat in three matches on their tour of New Zealand so far. The only match in which Bangladesh averted defeat was washed out due to inclement weather.
Auckland breezed past Bangladesh's total of 242 with 7 wickets in hand and 4 overs to spare. Former international and Auckland skipper Richard
Earlier Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. A 122 ball 104 from young opener Tamim Iqbal failed to inspire rest of the Bangladeshi batting as Bangladesh slumped to 242 all out in 48.5 over.
Left handed Tamim, who was struggling with his recent batting form, hammered 10 boundaries and 4 huge 6's in his finely constructed innings. His departure right after the century mark initiated the collapse and Bangladesh failed to utilize the platform to post a challenging total at Seddon Park in Hamilton .
At one point Bangladesh were heading to a 275+ total with Tamim and Ashraful flaying Auckland attack with some fine stroke play. After receiving the initial brunt, Auckland bowlers came back strongly and once Morgan broke the 55 runs partnership, rest of the Bangladeshi batsmen offered little resistance against the spirited bowling attack.
Bangladesh lost 5 quick wickets in a space of 30 runs and were eventually bundled out by some inspired bowling from the Auckland Aces. 6 of the Bangladeshi batsmen including in-form opener Zunaed Siddique failed to reach the double figure and short cameos from top order mainstream Aftab and Ashraful weren't enough to steer Bangladesh to a winning position.
GJ Morgan was the pick of the bowlers for Auckland and bagged 3 wickets for 33 runs while Mackay, Hitchcok and Hira grabbed two wickets each.
Bangladesh will play the first of three one-day internationals against New Zealand in Auckland on December 26.
The one-day series is followed by two tests, the first starting in Dunedin on Jan. 4. The second begins Jan. 12 in Wellington.