Everything was seemed unfavorable for Bangladesh before the beginning of the second ODI at Nelson as Mushfiq was fallen out due to injury and Mustafiz was given rest to avoid further risk. Soumya was dropped due to his bad form and Bangladesh were on back foot after the loss in the first ODI.
However, Bangladeshi bowlers have certainly overcome those mental hurdles and executed their plans fantastically in the second ODI at Nelson. They have restricted New Zealand by an approachable total of 251 runs on a pitch favorable for batting. But batsmen were not up to the mark and despite a good 75 run second wicket partnership; Bangladesh lost the second ODI at Nelson.
Bangladeshi skipper, Mashrafe, has won the toss and decided to field first. He proved his decision accurate in the very first over when he sent back Guptill on zero. Debutant Subashis consorted him nicely and together they grasped New Zealanders very tight to check runs. Wickets were fallen at regular interval as Taskin and Shakib also came to the plot. New Zealand eventually abled to put the total of 251 runs riding on the century of Neil Broom. Mashrafe was the most successful bowler as he had taken three important wickets at crucial moments.
In reply to the New Zealand innings, Kayes and Sabbir tried really hard at the top order and put a good partnership of 75 runs after Tamim’s early departure. Unfortunately Sabbir got run out in a follow-through of a misunderstanding and since then no other Bangladeshi batsman was able to put a resistance against Kiwi bowlers. Nurul Hasan tried solely at the late order but Bangladesh eventually lost the match by 67 runs. Kane Williamson took three wickets for New Zealand and became the most successful bowler.
Third and final ODI of the series will be held on 31st December.