At one stage the Black Caps were 156 for the loss of one wicket. New Zealand looked good for a big total. Tom Latham and Neil Broom had scored fifties and they looked in no real trouble. But, Bangladesh then picked up four rapid wickets, including that of the two set batsmen, to put breaks on the run-rate and restricted Kiwi to 270 for the loss of eight wickets in the final One Day International of the Tri-Nation Series involving Ireland.
In the end, it proved vital as the Tigers chased down the 271-run total with five wickets and 10 balls remaining. The second wicket stand of 136 runs between opener Tamim Iqbal and middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman set the platform for Bangladesh and although losing four quick wickets, including that of Sabbir and Tamim, they reached the target safely.
An unbeaten 72-run stand between wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Mahmudullah ensured that they do not lose way and victory the one-day international though the win could not give them the tri-series trophy.
The Black Caps topped the chart with 12 points, two more than Bangladesh to victory the trophy, a morale encouraging effort just before the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy which begins in England from June 1.