THE game of cricket is hard enough without careless run outs.
With Bangladesh coasting along at 1-105 in pursuit of New Zealand’s modest total of 251, opening batsman Imrul Kayes pushed a quick single to cover and raced to the non-strikers end.
Unfortunately, his partner at the other end, Sabbir Rahman didn’t respond and slowly turned back to slide his bat back behind the crease.
But he was beaten to the bowlers end by his partner by the smallest of margins and Rahman was run out by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who quickly threw the ball to his wicket-keeper and Luke Ronchi quickly removed the bails.
The horrible mix-up started Bangladesh’s collapse, as the tourists lost their next five wickets for 36 runs.
Earlier Neill Broom scored a run-a-ball 109 not out in a defiant lone stand for New Zealand batting first against Bangladesh in the second one-day international in Nelson on Thursday.
It was a maiden century for Broom as New Zealand struggled to 251.
It was a good toss to win for Bangladesh skipper Mushrafe Mortaza who needs a victory to keep the three-match series alive after New Zealand won the first ODI by 77 runs.
He put New Zealand into bat to make the most of the heavy overcast conditions. When the clouds cleared and the pitched flattened out Bangladesh maintained the pressure.
Only Broom, back in the New Zealand side after nearly seven years in the wilderness, and whose previous best was 71, was able to offer any resistance.
His 109 off 107 deliveries included three sixes and eight fours. He offered only one chance when dropped by debutant wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan in the penultimate over.
Mashrafe had Bangladesh in charge from the start when removed Martin Guptill with the third ball of the match.
He also dismissed the big-hitting Colin Munro for three in the middle of the innings and came back to remove Lockie Ferguson at the tail.
Taskin Ahmed dismissed Kane Williamson (14) for the second successive match and first ODI century-maker Tom Latham struggled to 22 before he fell lbw to Shakib Al Hasan leaving New Zealand 47-3 in the 14th over.
Jimmy Neesham added a quick 28 in a 51-run stand with Broom for the fourth wicket and Luke Ronchi was New Zealand’s second highest scorer with 35 when adding 64 with Broom for the sixth wicket.
For Bangladesh, Mashrafe took three for 49 while Taskin Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan both took two for 45.