Hamish Bennett makes return after three-year ODI absence for Black Caps

Gwen Vasquez
May 18, 2017

The Bangladesh cricket team will attempt to get their stop-start tour of Ireland off the ground in their second tri-series match against New Zealand at the Clontarf Cricket Club in Dublin today.

Earlier, Bangladesh rode on fifties from Soumya Sarkar (61), Mushfiqur Rahim (55) and Mahmudullah (51) to post 257/9 in their 50 overs.

Bennett, who had not played ODI cricket for nearly three and a half years prior to Thursday's fixture, secured telling figures of three for 31 in 10 tight overs.

Chasing 258, a concerted effort from the Kiwis batsmen led them home as they made it two wins in as many games in the tournament.

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Santner was even more economical on Wednesday, conceding just 37 runs, but that was his only wicket and it was Ish Sodhi who upstaged him with two for 40, ending Sarkar's 67-ball innings which included just five boundaries.

When he was dismissed in the 21st over, they were already scoring at the required run-rate and although Ross Taylor was leg before to Mustafizur Rahman for 25, Broom and Neesham regained the momentum which put them firmly in control. If we're honest with ourselves, our fielding let us down a bit, and 20-30 runs went abegging. Ireland are at number three, having two points after two matches. In that series, he played two ODIs, against Bangladesh in Bangladesh, and New Zealand were humbled 4-0.

Bennett, who was described by half-centurion James Neesham after the game as "one of the best death bowlers in New Zealand", finished with figures of 3 for 31 and Bangladesh were kept to 257 for 9.

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