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A big stride for Bangladesh

Bangladesh beat New Zealand by nine runs in the fourth one-day international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Thursday. Earlier in the day, skipper Shakib Al Hasan smashed a magnificent century to help Bangladesh score 241 all out in the fourth match of a five-game limited-overs series. Scorecard

cricket Updated: Oct 14, 2010 22:50 IST

Shakib Al Hasan produced a brilliant all-round performance in the fourth one-dayer against New Zealand on Thursday to help Bangladesh to a maiden series victory over top-flight opposition.

Bangladesh won by nine runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Shakib smashed 106 runs off 113 balls under pressure to guide Bangladesh to 241 before taking 3-54, as New Zealand were dismissed for 232 with three balls to spare.

Unheralded New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson threatened to spoil the party with 108 off 132 balls, but his effort was cut short when Roqibul Hassan held on to his catch to end the visitors' challenge.

Williams , who struggled with cramp and batted with a runner after reaching 71, added 53 runs with Nathan McCullum for the eighth wicket as New Zealand recovered from 80 for five to raise the prospect of a first win on the tour. New Zealand began the final over needing 16 runs and Williamson made six in the first two balls before Shafiul struck.

It was Bangladesh's second series win against a current Test-playing side, following their 3-0 victory over an under-strength West Indies last year.

Scores: Bangladesh 241 all out in 48.1 overs (S. Hasan 106; H. Bennett 3-44) v New Zealand 232 all out in 49.3 overs (K. Williamson 108; S. Hasan 3-54)

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