New Zealand wrap up quickly on Boxing Day, defeat Bangladesh by 77 runs in 45 overs

New Zealand (341 for 7), beat Bangladesh (264 — all out) by 77 runs

Both Bangladesh and New Zealand have a lot riding on three-match One-Day International (ODI) series.

With Bangladesh, they are coming off a sad and losing performance in their last ODI series at home against England, and they were aiming to get off to a winning start here, but the conditions posed grave threat to their happy start.

As for the Kiwis, they too are coming off a losing performance against Australia and India. Both the teams tried very hard to show their comebacks. However, the conditions certainly favored the hosts. The expectation will be for the home side to enjoy a happy Boxing Day outing.
 Opting to bat first on an overcast morning, New Zealand got the upper hand it badly needed with a ton from Tom Latham and a brilliant 87 from Colin Munro to post a spectacular total of 341.

New Zealand were the ones who were holding the upper hand the moment the second innings started. No real threat was posed by the Bangladeshi batsmen. Rahim and Shakib did build a partnership which was ended by some quick bowling by Ferguson. Rahim was unlucky not to get to his fifty as he got retired hurt on 42.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was fined 20% of his match fee, while his team was docked 10%, after they were found to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

Tom Latham was the standout performer with the bat as he steered the Kiwis to such an imposing total after the loss of Guptill and Williamson early in the innings. He was well supported by Munro and they managed to record the joint highest total at the venue.

So the home team have started off with a win and they will be looking to continue with the momentum while the visitors will try to undo this game and come back stronger the next time.

Bangladesh will look to make a strong comeback in the 2nd ODI at Nelson on December 29.

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