Cricket: Will Young impresses with half-century before rain washes out Blackcaps' opening ODI against Bangladesh

The first One Day International between the Blackcaps and Bangladesh has been washed out after rain in Mirpur.  

Following a delayed start thanks to rain in the morning, just 33.4 overs were bowled in what was already going to be a shortened affair.  

On a tricky wicket, Will Young impressed with a composed half-century, making 58 from 91 deliveries before he was out in the 31st over, stumped by Nurul Hasan off the bowling of Nasum Ahmed.  

But with the Blackcaps poised at 136/5, rain returned and ensured both sides left the field never to return, to shorten the series to a best-of-two affair.  

Game two will be played at the same venue on Saturday night (NZ time).


After losing the toss and being inserted in to bat, the Blackcaps were quickly in trouble as Bangladesh struck twice through Mustafizur Rahman (3/27), who removed Finn Allen (9) and Chad Bowes (1) to leave the Blackcaps struggling at 16/2 in the ninth over.   

Opening the batting as a clear sign of what's to come at this year's Cricket World Cup in India, Young resisted, and ground out a 97-run partnership with Henry Nicholls (44) on his way to a half-century.  

It took Young 83 balls to get to his fifty, his fourth half-century in ODIs, with three fours and a six, before he fell trying to up the tempo, leaving his crease to the left-arm spinner and was out stumped to Nasum Ahmed.   

Nasum struck again to remove Rachin Ravindra for a duck, only to see rain thwart Bangladesh's push for victory.  

The Blackcaps haven't beaten Bangladesh in a home ODI since 2008, and have been swept 4-0 (2010) and 3-0 (2013) in the 15 years since.