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Last Updated: Friday, 5 November, 2004, 16:44 GMT
Aftab stunned by bowling success
Aftab Ahmed
Aftab punches the air after dismissing Scott Styris
Bangladesh's Aftab Ahmed was in a state of excited disbelief after taking 5-31 against New Zealand in Dhaka.

It was his first bowl in international cricket but was not enough to save his side from defeat in the second ODI.

"It has been a memorable match. It will serve as an inspiration for me," said Aftab, who will be 19 next week.

New Zealand have now won the Test and one-day series. "Bangladesh fought excellently but I'm happy with the result," said skipper Daniel Vettori.

They made heavy weather of scoring 148-7 under lights after dismissing Bangladesh for just 146.

The home side have still only beaten two of the senior cricket nations in one-day cricket - Pakistan and Zimbabwe - and have not reached 200 in any of their last seven matches.

But captain Habibul Bashar was encouraged by the spirit shown by his players.

"It was wonderful to see our team fight back so hard.

"I'm happy at the way we bowled and fielded, but we definitely need to bat better and get some good starts," Bashar commented.




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