Rubel Hossain grabbed four wickets as Bangladesh completed a sweep with a thrilling three-run victory over New Zealand in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday.
The fast bowler finished with 4-25 off 9.3 sharp overs as New Zealand, chasing a 175-run target, were bowled out for 171 in the last over. Bangladesh clinched the series 4-0, their first sweep against a major team. The second match was abandoned due to rain.
New Zealand needed eight runs to win in the final over with just one wicket in hand but Rubel, who had taken three wickets in his opening three overs, sparked celebrations in Bangladesh's camp when he bowled Kyle Mills (33).
He jolted New Zealand in his first over, dismissing openers Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder in the space of five deliveries. He then had Kane Williamson caught at second slip in his third over.
Bradley-John Watling was run out, while Ross Taylor was bowled by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak as Kiwi’s top five batsmen failed to reach double figures. New Zealand were in danger of falling below their lowest one-day total of 64 after being reduced to 20-5, but skipper Daniel Vettori (43) and all-rounder Grant Elliott (59) added 86 runs for the sixth wicket. Vettori, dropped by Junaid Siddique at first slip on 12, hit one six and one four in his 78-ball knock.
Elliott cracked seven fours in a 105-ball knock for his fourth half-century in one-dayers, but Mills kept alive his team's hopes before falling in the final over. Vettori (3-32) and Mills (3-36) earlier bowled tight to restrict Bangladesh to a modest total. The highest stand was 55 for the fifth wicket between skipper Shakib Al Hasan (36) and Mushfiqur Rahim (29). Vettori removed opener Imrul Kayes (34) and Raqibul (six) before accounting for Mahmudullah (19).
Bangladesh stay in ninth place
PTI ADDS from Dubai: The shocking 0-4 drubbing at the hands of Bangladesh on Sunday pushed New Zealand to the seventh spot behind Pakistan in the latest ICC one-day rankings.
On the other hand, the upset series triumph helped Bangladesh earn 13 rating points but the team remained ninth alongside the West Indies. Bangladesh are still placed behind the Caribbean side when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. The West Indies have 67.06 ratings points while Bangladesh have 66.68 ratings points. Bangladesh had started the series on 53 ratings point.