Young makes 105, Latham 92 as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 44 runs in 1st ODI

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — Will Young’s 105 and Tom Latham’s 92 set the foundation for New Zealand’s 44-run win over Bangladesh Sunday in the first one-day international which was reduced by rain to 30 overs per team.

Young and Latham’s partnership of 176 for the third wicket provided the backbone of New Zealand’s innings of 239-7 as it batted first after losing the toss and after a horror first over in which it lost World Cup star Rachin Ravindra and veteran Henry Nicholls for ducks.

Bangladesh’s target was readjusted to 245 under the Duckworth Lewis system and it fell short, finishing its 30 overs at 200-9. Seamer Josh Clarkson took 2-24 on debut as one of New Zealand’s key bowlers.

There were still tremors of concern for New Zealand as Amanul Haque’s 43 from 39 balls and Afif Hossain’s 38 from 28 balls at times seem to propel Bangladesh towards its winning target.

But New Zealand managed to snare wickets at key moments and came out on top in a match which, because of its delays, ended in gathering darkness.

Young and Latham’s partnership was crucial and straddled two lengthy rain breaks which caused the New Zealand innings to be truncated. After each break the batsmen had to regroup and readjust their estimate of a realistic total.

“It was a funny old innings, coming on and off all the time,” Young said. “Tommy and I set the platform early when the ball was doing a bit and the wicket was a bit tricky, then after the rain break, we knew we only had 10 overs to bat, so went out and had some fun.”

The match already had been reduced to 46 overs per side when play started more than an hour late. The New Zealand innings was revised by rain to 40 overs after 13.5 overs when it was 63-2 and to 30 overs after 19 overs when it was 108-2.

After the second delay and with just over 10 overs left, Young and Latham came out swinging. They especially targeted the short, straight boundaries at both ends with booming drives or with ramps and scoops over the wicketkeeper’s head.

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — Will Young’s 105 and Tom Latham’s 92 set the foundation for New Zealand’s 44-run win over Bangladesh Sunday in the first one-day international which was reduced by rain to 30 overs per team.

Young and Latham’s partnership of 176 for the third wicket provided the backbone of New Zealand’s innings of 239-7 as it batted first after losing the toss and after a horror first over in which it lost World Cup star Rachin Ravindra and veteran Henry Nicholls for ducks.

Bangladesh’s target was readjusted to 245 under the Duckworth Lewis system and it fell short, finishing its 30 overs at 200-9. Seamer Josh Clarkson took 2-24 on debut as one of New Zealand’s key bowlers.

There were still tremors of concern for New Zealand as Amanul Haque’s 43 from 39 balls and Afif Hossain’s 38 from 28 balls at times seem to propel Bangladesh towards its winning target.

But New Zealand managed to snare wickets at key moments and came out on top in a match which, because of its delays, ended in gathering darkness.

Young and Latham’s partnership was crucial and straddled two lengthy rain breaks which caused the New Zealand innings to be truncated. After each break the batsmen had to regroup and readjust their estimate of a realistic total.

“It was a funny old innings, coming on and off all the time,” Young said. “Tommy and I set the platform early when the ball was doing a bit and the wicket was a bit tricky, then after the rain break, we knew we only had 10 overs to bat, so went out and had some fun.”

The match already had been reduced to 46 overs per side when play started more than an hour late. The New Zealand innings was revised by rain to 40 overs after 13.5 overs when it was 63-2 and to 30 overs after 19 overs when it was 108-2.

After the second delay and with just over 10 overs left, Young and Latham came out swinging. They especially targeted the short, straight boundaries at both ends with booming drives or with ramps and scoops over the wicketkeeper’s head.

New Zealand secured a 44-run victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international match, which was shortened to 30 overs per team due to rain. Will Young’s 105 and Tom Latham’s 92 formed a crucial partnership of 176 runs for the third wicket, setting the foundation for New Zealand’s total of 239-7. Bangladesh’s target was adjusted to 245 under the Duckworth Lewis system, but they fell short, finishing at 200-9. Despite some strong performances from Amanul Haque and Afif Hossain, New Zealand managed to take wickets at key moments and emerged victorious. The match faced delays due to rain, with the New Zealand innings being revised to 30 overs after two rain breaks. Young and Latham’s partnership played a significant role in the victory, adapting to the changing conditions.

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