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Neil Broom stood his ground and came out fighting in the second One-Day International (ODI) between Bangladesh and New Zealand at Nelson on Thursday. He scored an unbeaten 109 to help New Zealand post a modest total of 251 runs on the board. He played a tenacious knock on a surface where most of New Zealand batsmen struggled and also recorded his finest performance in ODI cricket. His 109-run knock from 107 deliveries contained 8 boundaries and 3 maximums. New Zealand have given themselves a good chance and have runs on the board to fight for. It s a do-or-die game for Bangladesh after losing the first game at Christchurch of the three-match series.

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first on a surface which had some help for the bowlers. Bangladesh did a good job with the ball in picking wickets at regular intervals. Mashrafe Mortaza drew the first blood as he got rid of Martin Guptill in the very first over, for a duck. Kane Williamson was also undone early on in the innings as Taskin Ahmed ended his run for 14. The centurion from previous game, Tom Latham was removed for 22 by Shakib Al Hasan as New Zealand was in deep trouble at 47 for the loss of 3 wickets.

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Jimmy Neesham, Colin Munro were dismissed in quick successions by Mosaddek Hossain and Mortaza respectively, only to leave New Zealand reeling at 107 for 5. Luke Ronchi showed good resistance and played a crucial hand of 35 after which the tail was wide open. Broom continued his good touch and went on to score a much-needed ton. Mortaza had a magnificent outing with the ball with 3 wickets to his name while Shakib Al Hasan and Taskin Ahmed 2 wickets each. Subashis Roy and Mosaddek also shared a wicket each. Bangladesh have given themselves a golden opportunity to make a comeback as the target is well under their reach.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 251 in 50 overs (Neil Broom 109*, Luke Ronchi 35; Mashrafe Mortaza 3 for 49) vs Bangladesh.

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