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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 November, 2004, 09:41 GMT
Kiwis too strong for Bangladesh
First ODI, Chittagong: New Zealand 224 (49.2 overs) beat Bangladesh 86 (31.5 overs) by 138 runs
Chris Cairns
Cairns is one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket

Bangladesh's batting problems continued as they slumped to a 138-run defeat in the first of three one-day matches against New Zealand.

After dismissing the tourists for 224 in Chittagong, they were bowled out for 86 in reply with Kyle Mills taking 4-14 and Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori 3-9.

Chris Cairns earlier hit five sixes in his 74 to rescue New Zealand after they had struggled to 94-5.

Nazmul Hossain was the pick of the Bangladesh attack with figures of 4-40.

But they were immediately in trouble in reply as Mills produced a destructive new ball spell.

He had Aftab Ahmed lbw for four with his third delivery and also removed Javed Omar, Rajin Saleh and Mohammad Ashraful.

We hope the wicket will be better in the next game
New Zealand's Daniel Vettori

Home skipper Habibul Bashar hit three fours in his 22 before falling lbw to Scott Styris' second ball after a drinks break but only three other batsmen reached double figures as they were all out in 31.5 overs.

New Zealand went into the game full of confidence after a
2-0 win in the Test series, but their batsmen were not at their best on a slow pitch.

Apart from Nazmul, they also found it hard against spinners Manjural Islam Rana and Mohammad Rafique, who only conceded 63 from their 20 overs.

Debutant Peter Fulton was bowled by Nazmul for nine and although Nathan Astle hit three fours in four balls off Tapash Baisya, he followed in similar fashion for 27 in the 10th over.

Nazmul Hossain
Nazmul's display offered Bangladesh hope for the future

Five balls later Hamish Marshall was stumped for seven off Rana and Baisya responded to his early punishment by having Craig McMillan, caught behind for 17.

Although Styris kept the score ticking over with a six and a couple of boundaries, he soon lost Brendon McCullum, who was bowled by Mohammad Rafique for eight.

Cairns strode to the middle with his side in trouble and took few early risks as he and Styris added 49 in 13 overs for the sixth wicket.

Styris was eventually run out for 27 by Rajin Saleh and veteran Chris Harris managed only seven before he became Rana's second victim.

Vettori followed for 12 before the total had reached 200, but Cairns attacked in the closing overs, reaching his 50 with a six off Nazmul over long-off.

Two more followed in the next over, bowled by Baisya, but his assault came to an end when he under-edged the ball into his stumps with four deliveries remaining in the innings.

Despite a relatively modest total, it proved more than good enough as Bangladesh failed to rise to the occasion with the bat.

Bangladesh: Aftab Ahmed, Javed Omar, Habibul Bashar (Capt), Mohammad Ashraful, Rajin Saleh, Khaled Mahmud, Khaled Mashud (Wkt), Mohammad Rafique, Manjural Islam Rana, Tapash Baisya, Nazmul Hossain.

New Zealand: N J Astle, P G Fulton, S B Styris, H J H Marshall, C L Cairns, C Z Harris, C D McMillan, B B McCullum (Wkt), D L Vettori (Capt), K D Mills, A R Adams.

Umpires: M R Benson, Atharuddin Sahin.

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