3rd ODI: Ross Taylor makes history as New Zealand surge to 330
Ross Taylor crossed 8,000 ODI runs to surpass Stephen Fleming. © AFP

Ross Taylor became New Zealand‘s highest scoring one-day international batsman Wednesday as the Black Caps set Bangladesh an imposing 331 target to win the third one-dayer in Dunedin and avoid a series whitewash.

Taylor scored 69 off 81 balls as the Black Caps cruised to 330/6 after losing the toss and being sent in to bat, with Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham also making half centuries. (READ: Ross Taylor becomes New Zealand’s leading run-getter in ODIs)

Mustafizur Rahman was the only Bangladesh bowler to take two wickets, but they came at a price as he conceded 93 runs from his 10 overs.

Taylor’s 47th ODI half-century took his career tally in the 50-over format to 8,026 runs, overtaking Stephen Fleming’s 8,007. The 34-year-old, who made his ODI debut in 2006, reached his milestone in 203 innings with a superb average of 48.34.  (FULL SCORECARD: NEW ZEALAND vs BANGLADESH, 3rd ODI)

“I definitely would have taken that when I played my first match donkey’s years ago,” he said.  “If you play long enough I guess these records come along but it’s nice to set the bar for the next guy. I’m still enjoying myself and hopefully I’ve still got a few years in me.”

Many of the Black Caps players went into the team’s final ODI before the World Cup looking to impress coach Gary Stead and book a spot in the tournament.

Batsman Colin Munro’s struggle for form continued as he was out lbw for eight, meaning he has only one half-century in eight ODIs. Nicholls is set to take the opening batting spot off him after a sparkling 64, although Stead indicated Munro could make the trip as injury cover.

“Henry’s shown he’s a versatile player for us… he’s a key component of our batting line-up,” Stead told Sky Sports.

Latham pressed his claim with a solid 59 while Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham both scored 37 as they seek allrounder berths.