1st ODI report: New Zealand needed just over 21 overs on Saturday to overtake Bangladesh’s total of 131 and win the first of three one-day cricket internationals by eight wickets.

Bowling into the batsmen and pitching short of a length, the New Zealand bowlers — especially Boult who took 4-27 — cut down scoring options both square of the wicket and down the ground. AFP© Provided by Firstpost Bowling into the batsmen and pitching short of a length, the New Zealand bowlers — especially Boult who took 4-27 — cut down scoring options both square of the wicket and down the ground. AFPBangladesh, recently out of managed isolation, were never comfortable in unfamiliar batting conditions at the University Oval and was bowled out by New Zealand in only 41.5 overs. Mahmudullah was their to-scorer with 27 runs from 54 balls.

After Martin Guptill crashed 38 runs from 19 balls with three fours and four sixes at the top of the order, New Zealand were always on target to win plenty of overs to spare.

Henry Nicholls made an unbeaten 49 in his 50th ODI to steer New Zealand to victory in the 22nd over, combining in a 65-run partnership for the second wicket with Devon Conway (27).