Napier, December 28:
New Zealand wrapped up their one-day cricket series against Bangladesh with three half centuries paving the way for a comfortable win in a rain-shortened second match.
After posting 335-5 in 50 overs, New Zealand had Bangladesh at 181-6 in the 43rd over when the rain set in, giving them a 102-run win under the D/L system. New Zealand now have an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after they won the opening match by six wickets.
New Zealand total was led by an impressive 83 off 93 balls from Peter Fulton. Opener Jamie How scored 74 and Jacob Oram blasted a rapid 55 off 31 balls.
Bangladesh started their run chase at a strong five an over but the scoring impetus slowed with the fall of Junaid Siddiqueâ€™s wicket in the 13th over. In the space of the next 17 balls Tamim Iqbal (43) and Mohammad Ashraful (3) were back in the pavillion and Bangladesh were 68-3.
Kyle Mills, who finished with 4-40 claimed the crucial wicket of Ashraful. However, the Bangladesh captain was unlucky to be given out caught at ground level by Ross Taylor as TV replays suggested the ball did not carry to the fielder.
Aftab Ahmed and Tushar Imran attempted to resurrect the innings with a 40-run stand for the fourth wicket but the required run rate kept climbing and Bangladesh never threatened to be competitive.
When Imran (22) went LBW to Daniel Vettori, the tourists were 108-4 in 28 overs. Ahmad fell to Vettori for 54. For Bangladesh Abdur Razzak took 2-75 and Mushrafe Mortaza finished with 1-66. The last match of the series is in Queenstown on Monday with the two-Test series starting in Dunedin on January 4.