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New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar’s Record Knock in Vain as New Zealand Clinch Second ODI

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Soumya Sarkar’s remarkable innings of 169 (151) in the second ODI against New Zealand showcased his batting prowess and resilience. Despite Bangladesh losing early wickets, Soumya’s historic knock became the highest individual score by a Bangladesh men’s player away from home in ODIs. His aggressive innings, comprising 22 fours and two sixes, powered Bangladesh to their highest ODI score in New Zealand, reaching a total of 291.

Record-Breaking Stats: Soumya Sarkar Surpasses Sachin Tendulkar

The left-hander’s innings surpassed legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s 163 against the Kiwis in 2009, making it the highest individual score in New Zealand ODIs by a player from the sub-continent. Despite missing out on Litton Das’ record of the highest ODI score by a Bangladesh player, Soumya Sarkar’s knock left an indelible mark on the match.

New Zealand’s Dominant Chase: Young and Nicholls Lead the Way

In response to Bangladesh’s challenging total, New Zealand showcased a dominant batting performance. Will Young’s 89 and Henry Nicholls’ 95 laid the foundation for the hosts, with Rachin Ravindra’s quick 45 contributing to the top-order effort. New Zealand chased down the target of 292 with seven wickets in hand and 22 balls to spare, securing victory in the second ODI.

New Zealand’s Bowling Prowess: Youngsters Impress

Despite Soumya Sarkar’s prolific innings, New Zealand’s young bowlers demonstrated their skills. Leg-spinner Adithya Ashok, on his ODI debut, impressed with a wicket despite finishing with figures of 1/63. William O’Rourke, another youngster, claimed three crucial wickets in the final over, preventing Soumya from breaking Litton Das’ record.

New Zealand’s Clinical Performance

The second ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand witnessed a record-breaking innings by Soumya Sarkar, yet New Zealand’s clinical batting display ensured their victory. While Sarkar’s efforts stood out, the hosts’ collective performance, led by Young and Nicholls, sealed the win. The series now stands poised for an exciting conclusion as the teams prepare for the remaining ODIs.

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