With this victory, the hosts have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series. Latham played an unbeaten stroke of 110 runs to help New Zealand pursue their 272 run goal. Devon Conway also scored 72 runs in the match.
New Zealand pursued the goal and got off to a steady start as openers Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill hit regular limits. Mustafizur Rahman made the first breakthrough in Bangladesh when he caught Guptill and let him bowl (20). Soon after, Mahedi sent Hasan Nicholls (13) back to the pavilion.
The gates’ fall did not stop when Hasan removed Will Young (1). Conway and Latham then took and revived the New Zealand innings. Both went over the 150-run mark, and Conway ended his half-century. New Zealand’s chase was hampered after Conway, 72, was overrun in the 34th.
James Neesham then joined Latham, who also scored his fifty. After completing 38 overs, New Zealand’s score was 200/4, with the hosts still needing 72 runs to win of the remaining 12 overs.
Neesham and Latham’s 73-year partnership ended after Rahman fired the former. However, it proved a little late for Bangladesh to make a comeback in the game when Latham, who ended his century, took his team over the line in the 49th.
After being asked to strike first, Bangladesh got off to a bad start. Liton Das was fired by Matt Henry in the second round because of a duck. Opener Tamim Iqbal was then accompanied on the field by Soumya Sarkar. Both got their team off to a good start after an early stroke and took over the 50-run mark in the 15th.
Mitchell Santner broke the partnership in the 21st over and removed Sarkar (32). Mushfiqur Rahim then came out in the middle, but Bangladesh suffered a severe blow after Iqbal, 78, ran out and brought Mohammad Mithun onto the field. Santner then chose his second wicket of the day when he fired Rahim (34).
While Bangladesh kept losing wickets, Mithun continued to play brilliantly, helping his side get a respectable 271 with the help of his undefeated 73-run knock.
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