WELLINGTON – Maiden centuries for Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell set up a crushing 164-run win for New Zealand in the third One-day International at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Friday, giving the hosts a series clean sweep.
Conway blasted 126 from 110 balls and Mitchell finished on 100 not out after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat, making 318 for six.
Bangladesh were never in the hunt for the 319 target, all out for 154 after 42.4 overs, with Mahmudullah’s unbeaten 76 the only highlight as eight batsmen failed to reach double figures.
All-rounder Jimmy Neesham and fast bowler Matt Henry did the damage for New Zealand with the ball, taking a career-best 5-27 and 4-27, respectively.
Paceman Rubel Hossain was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, with three for 70, but the tourists’ attack struggled on a green Basin Reserve wicket.
“We were just not good enough,” Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal said. “No doubt the Black Caps played unbelievably well but we didn’t perform. Sometimes the small things can hurt you, the [dropped] catches and the run-out chances.”
Conway — named both man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series — capitalised on the tourists’ woes and his century was just reward for the South Africa-born batsman, who has been in outstanding form since he was first selected for the Blacks Caps late last year.