The conditions were slow and low as expected at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka. Bangladesh made history with their desired clean sweep of 4-0 becoming reality. It was a dead rubber, yet a low scoring thriller.
New Zealand cricket has fallen into a black hole and picking themselves up for 2011 World Cup would be a huge task. Bangladesh captain Shakib ul Hasan had said that clean sweep was possible very early in the series and his team did justice to his words. His counterpart Daniel Vettori expressed that he was let down by his batting.
Vettori said that they had bowled well in the series but their batting was the cause of embarrassing series loss. Daniel Vettori was in no fool’s paradise as he acknowledged that the series against India next month would be a huge task.
New Zealand have looked a shaky and dejected team in the series, their captain has admitted that the series whitewash is a terrible blow to the team.
Bangladesh started the game on back foot after winning the toss and opting to bat. New Zealand seamers led by Kyle Mills were impressive as Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Their captain Shakib ul Hasan again top scored with 36 as Bangladesh struggled to 174. New Zealand bowling and fielding was generally impressive as they made full use to conditions. Daniel Vettori has been reasonable with the bowl throughout the tournament impressed with 3 wickets, while pace men Kyle Mills and Any McKay trouble Bengali batsmen throughout the innings.
New Zealand, chasing a meek total of 175, crumbled in the chase early on. Their batting which has been shameful in the serious got even worse when they lost 5 wickets for with just 20 runs on the board.
Daniel Vettori and Grant Elliot then steadied the ship and put them into a winning position with taking the total to 105/5. But New Zealand batting again saw what they’ve seen a lot of times this series: the batting crumbling down to see them lose again. Rubel Hossain was the star of the show taking four for 25.
Bangladesh introduced spin as early as fifth over with Abdul Razzak coming in, he too finished with decent figures of two for 34 off his 10.