New Zealand needed just over 21 overs on Saturday to overtake Bangladesh’s total of 131 and win the first of three ODIs by eight wickets.
Bangladesh, recently out of managed isolation, were never comfortable in unfamiliar batting conditions at the University Oval and were bowled out by New Zealand in only 41.5 overs. Mahmudullah’s 27 from 54 balls was the highest score. Trent Boult finished with four for 27 off 8.5 overs.
After Martin Guptill crashed 38 runs from 19 balls with three fours and four sixes at the top of the order, New Zealand were always on target to win. Henry Nicholls made an unbeaten 49 in his 50th ODI.