Mitchell Santner grabbed two wickets, but Bangladesh smashed 88 off the final ten overs
Innings break Bangladesh 271 for 6 (Iqbal 78, Mithun 73*, Santner 2-51) vs New Zealand
Contrasting half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mithun steered Bangladesh to 271 for 6 in the second ODI against New Zealand at the Hagley Oval. After being asked to bat in what is the first day-night ODI at the venue, it was a much-improved batting performance from the visitors, who were bowled out for 131 in the first ODI.
Iqbal started cautiously, weathering swing, seam and bounce against the new ball to lay the platform with his 78 off 108 balls. Mithun, batting at No. 5 and coming to the crease in the 31st over, was aggressive right from the start. His unbeaten 73 off 57 balls was instrumental in Bangladesh scoring 88 in the last ten overs.
Bangladesh’s start though was anything but promising. They lost Liton Das for a duck in the second over of the match as the batsman’s ploy to stand well…