Twitter Reactions: Sabbir Rahman and Tim Southee steal the show as New Zealand complete whitewash

Twitter Reactions: Sabbir Rahman and Tim Southee steal the show as New Zealand complete whitewash

The Tigers lost early wickets in their run-chase that pushed them back.

Sabbir Rahman
Sabbir Rahman Roman of Bangladesh celebrates his century. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

The third ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand at the University Oval in Dunedin was a dead rubber, but it wasn’t short of entertainment. Sabbir Rahman’s century and Tim Southee’s six-wicket haul kept the audience at the edge of their seats. As far as the result of the match is concerned, the Black Caps, led by Tom Latham, won by 88 runs and also whitewashed the Tigers in the three-match series.

Kiwis dominate with the bat

The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl first and the decision backfired on them as the Kiwis racked up a mammoth 330 for six. Colin Munro was trapped in front by Mashrafe Mortaza in comeback match. Martin Guptill threatened with 29 and fell prey to Mohammad Saifuddin. Thereafter, Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor took charge and cobbled together a 92-run stand to put the home team in a strong position.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz dismissed Nicholls, who scored 64, to break the partnership. Latham joined Taylor in the middle and carried on the good work. Rubel Hossain got rid of Taylor after the batsman notched 69 runs from 82 balls. Latham got out to Mustafizur Rahman after racking up 59 runs. James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner scored cameos of 37, 37 and 16 to propel the hosts’ score.

Sabbir blazes away

The run-chase started on a horrendous note for Bangladesh as fast bowler Tim Southee wreaked havoc in their top order, dismissing Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar with the score at two in the third over.  Mushfiqur Rahim spanked three fours and became Trent Boult’s first victim. Mahmudullah perished cheaply as well. Then walked in Sabbir Rahman and he turned out to be unstoppable.

To start with, he put on 101 with Saifuddin, who looked good with 44 runs from 63 balls. After Saifuddin’s dismissal, Mortaza also couldn’t survive the heat. Rahman went on to notch his maiden ODI century in 105 balls and was the last Bangladesh wicket to fall in the 48th over. Southee, who replaced Matt Henry in the lineup, churned out a superlative bowling spell, finishing with as many as six wickets.

Here is how Twitter reacted

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