WELLINGTON : New Zealand batsmen Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell compiled maiden one-day international hundreds to set up a massive 164-run win for the hosts against Bangladesh in the third and final match, securing a 3-0 series sweep.
Conway scored 126 while Mitchell remained unbeaten on 100 after bringing up his century off the last ball of the innings to power New Zealand to 318-6 in their 50 overs after captain Tom Latham won the toss and opted to bat. Bangladesh were never in the chase and barring an unbeaten 76 from Mahmudullah, there was not much resistance from the touring side who were bundled out for 154 in the 43rd over in Wellington.
Fast bowler Matt Henry, who picked up 4-27, wrecked the Bangladesh top order while allrounder James Neesham registered career-best figures of 5-27, mopping up the middle and lower order in a one-sided win for the Black Caps. Bangladesh had made a bright start, reducing their opponents to 57-3 but Conway and Latham steadied the innings with a 63-run stand for the fourth before the former added another 159 for the fifth with Mitchell.
Needing two off the last ball, Mitchell scampered home to complete his hundred off 92 deliveries as wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim failed to run him out. “I thought the first and the last game, we were nowhere close to them (New Zealand),” Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal said. “I thought they played exceptionally well. “We are a much better team but if we continue to play like this, we are going nowhere. We understand that it is a different condition than back home, but we have to improve a lot to compete with them.”
NEW ZEALAND 318 for 6 (Conway 126, Mitchell 100, Hossain 3-70) beat BANGLADESH 154 (Mahmudullah 76, Neesham 5-27, Henry 4-27) by 164 runs.