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Twitter Reactions: Martin Guptill and bowlers dismantle Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval

The Tigers were rusty in all the three departments.

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Martin Guptill. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Martin Guptill got his form back in the opening ODI against Bangladesh and he replicated his performance even in the second encounter at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The right-hander scored his second consecutive century in the format and took his team to a thumping victory by eight wickets. Most importantly, the Black Caps took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Bangladesh batting capitulate  

The Kiwis won the toss and elected to field first and their decision didn’t backfire as they restricted the Tigers to 226 in 49.4 overs. Trent Boult and Matt Henry accounted for Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal’s wicket inside the mandatory powerplay. Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim scored 22 and 24 runs respectively, but both batters couldn’t carry on and get a substantial knock under their belt.

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Mohammad Mithun, after his fifty in the first match, showed resistance and churned out another decent knock of 57 runs from 69 balls with seven fours and one over-boundary. Mahmudullah couldn’t make an impact and fell prey to leg-spinner Todd Astle. A handy 65-ball 43 and a few useful contributions from the lower-order meant that the visiting team was able to put up a respectable score on the board.

Guptill comes to the party

Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls started the run-chase for the hosts on a clinical note. The duo added 45 runs for the opening wicket in 46 balls before left-arm speedster Mustafizur Rahman drew first blood, dismissing Nicholls, who could only manage 14 runs from 23 balls. Thereafter, Kane Williamson joined Guptill in the middle and the duo made sure that their team doesn’t suffer many hiccups.

Guptill was the more aggressive of the two and he brought up his half-century in 33 balls. The opener didn’t stop there and notched his ton in 76 balls. Mustafizur got him out after he scored 118 from 88 balls with 14 fours and four sixes, but by then, the game was all over bar the shouting. Even Kane accomplished a half-century and remained not out on 65. Ross Taylor chipped in with a 20-ball 21.

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