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Cricket news - Another top-order let down restricts Bangladesh to 226

Mithun tried to resurrect Bangladesh's innings with a gritty fifty

A disciplined bowling performance from New Zealand helped them restrict Bangladesh to a total of 226 in the second ODI at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday (February 16). Mohammad Mithun yet again led a rearguard action following another disappointing top-order performance. However, without the cushion of wickets in hand, Bangladesh were denied a flourishing finish to their innings, limited to under 235 for the second time in this series.

With overcast conditions and swing on offer, it was imperative for Bangladesh that their batsmen displayed proper application to negate the early threat from the bowlers. Tamim Iqbal concentrated on playing straight and close to the body, although he couldn't quite rotate the strike as much as he would have liked. The visitors, though, were in early trouble again as they lost their openers on either side of a rain interruption. Liton Das paid for for his ambitious attempt to hit a Trent Boult delivery over the top while Tamim fell for a 28-ball 5 after being trapped in front by Matt Henry.

Mushfiqur Rahim, playing his 200th ODI, had a early reprieve when he was put down by Todd Astle after mistiming a pull off Boult. He hung around and assisted Soumya Sarkar in rebuilding the innings for Bangladesh. However, the recovery was short-lived as Sarkar was sucked into a drive by Colin de Grandhomme, with the resultant outside edge landing in the hands of Ross Taylor at slip. Taylor, however, had an average day in the field, dropping Rahim and Mohammad Mithun off Lockie Ferguson. The bowler finally got his break when Rahim chopped one on to the stumps, which was followed by the departure of Mahmudullah as Bangladesh lost half their side for the addition of only 93.

The onus was on Mithun to lead Bangladesh's fightback and the No. 5 did not disappoint, bringing up his second successive fifty. With Sabbir Rahman providing solid support from the other end, a well-paced 75-run stand for the sixth wicket came a much-needed aid for Bangladesh. Mithun was confident with his footwork against Astle, targeting the legspinner for regular boundaries including a six that helped him bring up his half-century. However, Astle had the last laugh as he beat Mithun - who was struggling with hamstring issues - on the cut with a delivery that skidded through.

Mithun's dismissal brought down the scoring rate with the boundaries drying up. Mehidy Hasan, in his bid to break the shackles, gave James Neesham his first wicket. Sabbir, who had earlier reversed a leg-before decision with the use of DRS, fell seven short of a fifty after he was was foxed by a slower one from Ferguson. Mohammad Saifuddin became Ferguson's third scalp before Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman added 15 for the last wicket.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 226 in 49.4 overs (Mohammad Mithun 57, Sabbir Rahman 43; Lockie Ferguson 3-43, James Neesham 2-21) vs New Zealand.

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