Hamish Bennett takes three wickets as New Zealand beat Bangladesh in Dublin

Joan Terry
May 18, 2017

Fresh off an impressive Kiwi summer with the Wellington Firebirds, it was the former Timaru Boys' High School fast bowler's first match for the Black Caps in nearly three and a half years. In that series, he played two ODIs, against Bangladesh in Bangladesh, and New Zealand were humbled 4-0.

The 30-year-old snared 3-31 in the Black Caps' four-wicket win against Bangladesh in Dublin on Thursday morning (NZT), ensuring the Kiwis remained unbeaten in the one-day worldwide tri-series, which also includes Ireland.

The 30-year-old has not been named in New Zealand's squad for the Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom. Now, with a few first-choice players away at the IPL, Bennett slotted in and was simply happy to play with some of the friends he has made on the domestic circuit.

Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah kept Bangladesh ticking over before Mosaddek Hossain made 41 off as many deliveries, but Bennett took three late wickets in an encouraging worldwide comeback. You get lucky at the death, it either goes one way or the other.

"I think, in one-day cricket, you can afford to be a little bit patient with the ball because eventually the batting team will have to come at you. I didn't want to go searching too much, just wanted to keep building pressure".

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However, both of them fell shortly after reaching fifties, Mushfiq making 55 and Mahmudullah 51.

Chasing a total of 257/9, the Blackcaps lost wickets in regular intervals, but an 80-run stand for the fifth wicket between Neesham and Neil Broom, who scored 48, helped them get past the finishing line with four wickets and 15 balls to spare.

When he was dismissed in the 21st over, they were already scoring at the required run-rate and although Ross Taylor was leg before to Mustafizur Rahman for 25, Broom and Neesham regained the momentum which put them firmly in control.

Now let us look at the points table of the tournament.

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