It was Milne, replacing Kyle Jamieson in the XI, who dealt the early blow. He sent in a searing yorker in the second over of the match to dismiss debutant Zakir Hasan and, then, in the sixth over, had Towhid Hridoy slicing to cover. Sandwiched between those two dismissals was Trent Boult getting opener Tanzid Hasan caught at first slip. All that left Bangladesh at 35 for 3 and desperately searching for stability.
Shanto – the stand-in captain for the original stand-in captain Litton Das – provided part of it by holding one end up. He hit six fours inside the first ten overs to race away to 31 in just 26 balls, and also looked comfortable against the bouncers that the New Zealand pacers peppered him with. He was not afraid to take on Ish Sodhi early, and even successfully played the reverse sweep. By the time the 20th over ended, Shanto had reached his fifth ODI half-century.
But New Zealand captain Lockie Ferguson
ended Mushfiqur Rahim’s 25-ball vigil with a short ball that rolled back onto his stumps, and Milne returned to dismiss Mahmudullah. That left Shanto to play with the lower order and even though he shepherded the innings for a while, he eventually fell to the part-time offspin of Cole McConchie
while attempting another reverse sweep.
That was just the opening New Zealand needed, and over the next three overs, they cleaned up the tail. McConchie had Nasum stumped, Rachin Ravindra
had Hasan lbw, and Milne finished with 4 for 34 when he had Shoriful, the last man to be dismissed, caught at cover.
For Sodhi, who took 6 for 39 in the second ODI, it was a forgettable outing, conceding 40 runs in six wicketless overs. With Ferguson looking for spin overs from elsewhere, Ravindra and McConchie stepped up on Sodhi’s off-colour day to prise out lower-order wickets. Together, the pair returned figures of 10-1-38-3, while Boult finished with two wickets.
After sealing the series, New Zealand now fly to Hyderabad in India for their World Cup warm-up fixture against Pakistan. Bangladesh, who just announced their squad
for the competition, will go to Guwahati in north-east India for their warm-up match against Sri Lanka. The two sides will link up again for two Tests after the World Cup.