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Bangladesh seal 4-0 clean sweep against New Zealand

Fifth one-day international, Mirpur:
Bangladesh 174 (44.2 overs) beat New Zealand 171 (49.3 overs) by three runs
Match scorecard

Rubel Hossain took 4-25 for Bangladesh
Rubel Hossain took 4-25 to help Bangladesh to a 4-0 series victory

Bangladesh completed a clean sweep over New Zealand with a three-run win in the final one-day international at Mirpur.

They took the series 4-0 - with one match washed out by rain - when Rubel Hossain, who claimed 4-25, bowled Kyle Mills (33) with three balls remaining.

The home side had posted a modest total of 174 as Mills and skipper Daniel Vettori took three wickets each.

But the Kiwis slumped to 20-5 in reply and a stand of 86 between Grant Elliott (59) and Vettori (43) was not enough.

When Elliott departed in the 44th over, caught by Rubel after attempting to sweep a ball from Suhrawadi Shuvo, the onus was on Mills to try and guide his side to a consolation victory.


He struck sixes off Shuvo and Shafiul Islam and the match hung in the balance when he picked off a full toss from Rubel for a boundary at the start of the final over.

But the pace bowler, who had earlier picked up three wickets with the new ball, held his nerve and produced a perfect yorker to knock out Mills' leg stump as New Zealand fell short on 171 all out.

"I think we played really well in this series. Our boys came hard at the New Zealand side," Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said afterwards.

"The wicket wasn't that great today and our batsmen didn't get big scores, but our bowlers did really well."

Having made certain of winning the series in the previous match, the home side produced an undistinguished batting effort after winning the toss.

Opener Imrul Kayes hit two sixes in his 34 but Shakib's 36 provided to be the highest score in their innings, with only one other batsman passing 20.

Bangladesh were dismissed in the 45th over but were soon lifted in the field as Rubel removed the dangerous Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder in his opening over.

BJ Watling was run out for a single and Kane Williamson followed his maiden international hundred with a six-ball duck when he edged Rubel to second slip.

When Ross Taylor was bowled by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak for a single, New Zealand were in disarray but Elliott and Vettori produced a show of pride before they eventually came up short.

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