Oram guides Kiwis to series-levelling victory

Dhaka, October 11:

All-rounder Jacob Oram shone with both bat and ball to help New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 75 runs in the second one-day international here on Saturday and level the three-match series 1-1.

The dashing left-hander hit an unbeaten 62-ball 75 to lift New Zealand to 212-9 in their 50 overs before taking 2-23 to dismiss the home team for 137 in 42.4 overs.

New Zealand lost an ODI against Bangladesh for the first time when they went down in the first match by seven wickets on Thursday. Bangladesh’s hopes for a repeat were dashed as they lost wickets at regular intervals after losing opener Tamim Iqbal off the second ball of the innings. Skipper Mohammad Ashraful (40) and Zunaed Siddique (32) were the main run-getters.

Iqbal was one of Kyle Mills’ three victims as he checked Bangladesh’s run-chase. Mills finished with 3-13. Zunaed Siddique, who hit a match-winning 85 on Thursday, then added 53 for the third wicket with Ashraful before a middle-order collapse which saw the home team lose eight wickets for 66 runs.

Oram dismissed a dangerous looking Ashraful to seal the fate of the match. New Zealand fielders also effected three run-outs.

Earlier, Oram struck five fours and four sixes and helped New Zealand edge past their lowest total of 201-9 against Bangladesh in the first match.

Oram was particularly brutal in the final over, smashing three sixes and a four off left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak. Oram added 41 for the eighth wicket with Mills (17) and an invaluable 45 for the final wicket with Jeetan Patel, who managed four not out.

The only other significant contributions came from Ross Taylor (33) and Jesse Ryder (30) as left-arm paceman Syed Rasel wrecked the top-order with 3-32.

Rasel started the slump by removing Brendon McCullum (12), Jamie How (nought) and Jesse Ryder (30) to check the visitors.