Wellington, Feb 11 (ANI): Man of the match Martin Guptill scored 91 runs in New Zealand's three wicket victory over Bangladesh in the third and final ODI.
Guptill's inning was crucial to New Zealand's successful chase of 242 in the third and final match, as his team lost seven wickets in the process.
Bangladesh were highly competitive due to an impressive maiden ODI century by Imrul Kayes, who hit 101 in the side's 241 for nine, and skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who starred with the ball in taking four for 33.
Kayes batted for the majority of Bangladesh's innings, building productive partnerships with the middle order to guide his team to 198 for 4 after 40 overs.
Mohammed Ashraful and Shakib both posted 30s after a disappointing showing in each of the previous ODIs, but were unable to put the New Zealand attack under pressure in the final overs.
Despite runs coming from the top order, Bangladesh were once again unable to put in a complete batting performance, and failed to accelerate effectively in the batting Power play and the death overs.
Whereas Guptill held together New Zealand and by the time he was out they were coasting at 195 for five with 15 overs remaining after he had helped himself to nine fours and three sixes in a classy display.
Bangladesh had been invited to bat first by Vettori.
New Zealand won the opening matches in the series by 146 runs and five wickets.
The two sides next meet in a one-off test, starting in Hamilton on Monday. (ANI)