6 Feb 2010

NZ easily beats Bangladesh in opening ODI

6:40 am on 6 February 2010

New Zealand's thrashed Bangladesh by 146 runs in the opening one-day cricket international at Napier's McLean Park, thanks largely to a fearsome assault from all-rounder Jacob Oram and his damaging partnership with Neil Broom.

Oram's 83 off 40 balls and Broom's 71 combined for a 123-run partnership for the seventh wicket - a new record for New Zealand against all countries - and, added to solid half-centuries from debutant Peter Ingram and shadow skipper Ross Taylor, propelled the Black Caps to an unbeatable 336 for nine.

Medium-quick Shafiul Islam was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with four for 68 off his 10 overs, while Tamim Iqbal top-scored for Bangladesh with 62 and his fellow opener Imrul Kayes was the next-best batsman for the tourists with 33.

Bangladesh were dismissed for 190 in the 44th over.

Captain Dan Vettori was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with three for 33 off 10 overs.

And Australia's beaten Pakistan by two runs in their Twenty20 clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to whitewash the tourists in their summer series.