A harrying spell of pace-bowling from Hamish Bennett, playing his first ODI since January 2014, and fifties from James Neesham and Tom Latham led New Zealand's drubbing over Bangladesh in the third game of the tri-series, in Clontarf, the venue's first game between two Full Member nations. New Zealand utilised conditions they are well accustomed to, and executed substantially better than Bangladesh to stay unbeaten in the tri-series. Bangladesh, meanwhile, continue their elusive chase for a win over New Zealand away from home, or at a neutral venue.
Latham set up New Zealand's chase of 258 with a steady half-century, but it was an 80-run, fifth-wicket partnership between Neesham and Neil Broom that turned the game decisively. Bangladesh had clawed their way back, after Ross Taylor's wicket in the 31st over had left New Zealand at 147 for 4. But Broom laid down anchor and Neesham counter-attacked, displaying their natural batting tendencies.
At no point in the innings did the asking rate creep over 6.15: their toughest equation was 91 off 89 balls with six wickets in hand. Such was New Zealand's control over the chase. With Neesham in fine hitting form - he hit a boundary in each over between overs 34 and 39 - Broom accumulated 48 off 64 before he missed a full, straight ball. By then, however, New Zealand were cruising.
The pitch, a comparatively barren surface compared to the tournament opener in Malahide, may have lost some of the zing of the morning, and gradually eased out for batting as the day progressed. Spin, Bangladesh's most productive asset, didn't perform. Mashrafe Mortaza leaked runs. Bangladesh's bowling attack was cut to just two weapons, Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain. Both bowlers, incisive and accurate, took two wickets apiece, but New Zealand were effective in negating Bangladesh's penetration.