New Zealand captain Kane Williamson lauded the Black Caps for another ruthless performance after sealing a one-day international series win over Bangladesh.

The Black Caps took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series after an eight-wicket victory in Christchurch on Saturday.

Martin Guptill (118) and Williamson (65 not out) saw the hosts easily past their target of 227 with 83 balls to spare.

The display pleased Williamson, who praised his bowlers for taking advantage of favourable early conditions.

"Another clinical performance from us, which is sort of what we're wanting, what we're asking," he told Sky Sport.

"Guys are coming out and playing their roles.

"I thought the lads in the first half with the ball in hand were outstanding. There was a little bit there for us with the overcast conditions and we did get a bit out of the surface, which was nice, and we were able to take those regular wickets which is important."

Guptill's century was his 16th in ODIs, moving level with Nathan Astle and second only to Ross Taylor (20) for most for his nation.

The opener, who also scored a ton in the series opener, said his focus was on contributing for the Black Caps.

"You always go out there and do your best for the team first," Guptill told Sky Sport.

"Those sort of milestones come as a byproduct of that."

The final match of the ODI series is in Dunedin on Wednesday.

Martin Guptill led New Zealand to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh to seal a one-day international series victory on Saturday.

Guptill (118) helped the Black Caps reach their target of 227 comfortably at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Kane Williamson made an unbeaten 65 as New Zealand won the second ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series, getting to their target in the 37th over.

Bangladesh earlier struggled in cloudy conditions, fighting to 226 all out after being reduced to 93-5 despite some poor fielding by the hosts.

The Black Caps opted to bowl in rainy conditions and Trent Boult (1-49) struck early, removing Liton Das (1).

A brief rain delay in the fifth over slowed New Zealand down, but the tourists were quickly in massive trouble, Matt Henry (1-30) trapping Tamim Iqbal (5) lbw.

But the hosts endured some difficulties in the field, dropping several catches, including Ross Taylor putting down Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun.

Taylor did hold onto a chance from Soumya Sarkar (22) off the wayward Colin de Grandhomme (1-25), while Mushfiqur (24) and Mahmudullah (7) fell relatively cheaply.

The drop off Mithun did hurt the Black Caps as he made 57 having been put down on five, although he suffered a hamstring injury during his innings.

Sabbir Rahman (43) and Mithun combined for a 75-run partnership that helped Bangladesh steady, but their total never looked enough, particularly after Guptill made another flying start.

Coming off an unbeaten century in Napier, Guptill helped the Black Caps make a good start alongside Henry Nicholls (14).

Guptill and Williamson then put on 143 for the second wicket, ensuring New Zealand's victory was never in doubt.

The hard-hitting opener notched his 16th ODI century – the equal second most for the Black Caps – before falling to Mustafizur Rahman (2-42), the hosts sealing a series win before the final match in Dunedin on Wednesday.

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill is set to return for the Black Caps' one-day international series against Bangladesh.

Guptill is in the squad for the three-game ODI series, pending a fitness test on Sunday, the Black Caps announced on Saturday.

The 32-year-old batsman was ruled out of the Twenty20 series against India with an aggravated disc in his lower back but Guptill is in line to return in Napier on Wednesday.

Guptill will partner Henry Nicholls atop the order if passed fit, while Colin Munro will replace captain Kane Williamson in the third game as the New Zealand skipper takes a pre-planned rest.

"It's an exciting time for the players and coaches alike as we look to sign-off our home summer of white-ball cricket," said New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen.

"Undoubtedly the World Cup is looming large, but we're very much focused on the series ahead and the type of cricket we want to play.

"We're delighted to have Martin back on the park for this series; he's a world-class player and an integral part of our one-day side.

"He and Henry did a good job opening up in Hamilton against India and they're a combination we want to see some more of in this series, before Colin returns to the top for the third game with Kane resting."

 

New Zealand ODI squad: Kane Williamson (c) (Games one and two), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro (Game three), Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee.

Opposing captains Kane Williams and Virat Kohli were full of praise for each other ahead of New Zealand's five-match ODI series against India.

The Black Caps, ranked third in the world, host the side one place above them in the rankings over what promises to be a thrilling couple of weeks.

In Kohli, India boast the ICC's top-ranked ODI batsman, while earlier on Tuesday he completed a clean sweep in being named ICC Cricketer of the Year to go alongside his awards in the Test and 50-over formats.

And Williamson knows his side have their work cut out against a man who averaged a staggering 133.55 in ODIs in 2018.

"Someone like Virat is certainly a player I admire and enjoy watching and he's pushing the boundaries of the game so that's brilliant," said Williamson, who was included in the Test Team of the Year.

"He's a respectful guy and I've known him for a very long time but as a player, obviously, [he's] world class and our focus is more about that and his cricketing ability and how we can combat him as best as we can.

"He's always a challenge to come up against and is someone who is most admired in terms of how he goes about his cricket and he's formidable in his run scoring so he's definitely a player of note to try to shut down."

And Kohli had kinds words for his opposite number in return ahead of Wednesday's opening ODI in Napier.

"Williamson is easily one of the best players in the world. So easy on the eye, great to watch and I personally enjoy his batting and when he is on song he is easily one of the most attractive batsmen to watch," the India skipper said.

"He is always going to be a solid player for New Zealand purely because of what all he has done over the years in all three formats.

"He more or less makes the team win when he is scoring runs, so that tells you about his awareness about the game and hence he is leading the side and guiding it in the right direction. So Kane will be a factor but at the same time Rosco [Taylor] and other guys as well.

"You can't take anyone for granted and their batting revolves around Kane and Ross in ODIs especially, the other guys bat around them and we are aware of that and working on our plans."

Ross Taylor celebrated another milestone and Henry Nicholls posted an unbeaten century as New Zealand sealed a 3-0 one-day international series sweep over Sri Lanka.

The fit-again Mitchell Santner has been recalled to New Zealand's squad for the one-off Twenty20 against Sri Lanka on January 11, while Tim Southee will captain the side as Kane Williamson is rested.

Santner endured a lengthy lay-off after undergoing knee surgery in March, but the spin-bowling all-rounder returned to domestic action for Northern Knights last month.

Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen said: "We're delighted to welcome Mitchell back into the Black Caps environment and he's shown in his performances for the Knights in the BK Super Smash [New Zealand's Twenty20 competition] that he's ready for international cricket again."

In addition to Williamson, New Zealand have also rested Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme.

Seamer Scott Kuggeleijn earns a maiden T20 call-up as a result, while there are also places for Jimmy Neesham - who hit five sixes in an over on his return to the ODI team on Thursday - and Henry Nicholls.

Larsen added: "It's nice to have the luxury of freshening-up a few of our key guys following a long tour of the UAE and a fast transition into the home summer.

"That presents a great opportunity for the likes of Henry, Scott and Jimmy - who have all been performing strongly for their respective teams recently and deserve their chances should they come."

Batting coach Craig McMillan will be in charge for the fixture as Gary Stead takes a short break ahead of New Zealand's series against India.

Kane Williamson said New Zealand tried everything to attempt to force a victory over Sri Lanka after they were denied by Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews and rain in the first Test at Basin Reserve.

Only 13 overs were bowled on the final day due to the weather, with Mendis (141 not out) and Mathews (120no) taking their unbroken fourth-wicket stand to 274.

The Sri Lanka duo batted all day on Tuesday to frustrate a Black Caps side that looked to be heading for an emphatic win when they reduced the tourists to 13-3, only for Mendis and Mathews to come to the rescue.

Williamson said New Zealand ran out of ideas after Sri Lanka moved on to 287-3 before the rain brought the match to a premature end.

Asked what he might have done differently, the New Zealand captain quipped: "Maybe everything.

"I don't know. Everything we did didn't provide too many opportunities. We sat down and had a number of conversations with other senior players and said 'what's something else we can try?' We tried pretty much all of it.

"Very rarely do you go a whole day where there's not an opportunity – regardless of what you try. That's a credit to the way the two Sri Lankan batsmen played, to deny us for the whole day."

He added: "There wasn't much happening,

"Nothing was carrying through to the keeper. We tried a number of short deliveries which we'd like to think might have brought about something foreign in terms of strokeplay, but it was very difficult.

"It's tough when there isn't some assistance. Not that you expect a lot, but whether it's turn or some variable bounce - you can apply some pressure in a way. It did flatten out a lot and made life fairly difficult."

Tom Latham expressed his gratitude to "world-class" New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after the opener made a patient century on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Basin Reserve.

Latham fought it out for a seventh Test hundred - and his first for almost two years - and was unbeaten on 121 when the Black Caps closed on 311-2.

Williamson made a classy 91 from only 93 balls after Jeet Raval was dismissed for 43 and Ross Taylor will resume on 50 not out on day three, with New Zealand leading by 29 runs.

Latham felt indebted to his skipper after they put on 162 for the second wicket to put the hosts in command.

"At the start of my innings, I wasn't playing that quickly, but the way Jeet Raval played and the way Kane came and played - that took the game to the opposition and kept the scoreboard ticking over," said the left-hander.

"It was good for me. I could just keep going. The most important thing we talk about was making those partnerships big ones and I managed to get a good one with Kane.

"Kane came out and hit the ball fantastically well - I guess he's a world-class player and is hitting the ball unbelievably well in all conditions,

"You look at some of the shots he plays - from ball one - those early boundaries set the tempo for his innings and he kept doing that.

"He's a fantastic player and one to get a few more tips off. When guys are going like that it's almost easier to give them the strike and let them do their thing."

An unbeaten Tom Latham hundred and Kane Williamson's fine knock capped a dominant day as New Zealand took control of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Kane Williamson lauded New Zealand's "fantastic" performance as they ended their long wait for an away Test-series win against Pakistan.

The Black Caps had last defeated Pakistan away from home in 1969, but they breezed to a 123-run victory on the final day of the decisive third Test match on Friday.

Pakistan were set a target of 280 after Williamson and the unbeaten Henry Nicholls combined for 212 for the fifth wicket and the New Zealand attack then stepped up to bowl the chasing side out for 156.

"It was a fantastic performance to be a part of," said Williamson in the post-match presentation.

"We know how formidable Pakistan are, certainly in their back yard. They showed how strong they are in Dubai [in the second Test] and turned us over pretty easily, so to bounce back and win a decider is pretty special.

"We've already spoken about the fact it'll be one the guys remember for a long time, that's for sure."

Although Williamson and Nicholls had the Black Caps in control by the end of day four, the captain says they were keen not to get carried away before sealing victory.

"We knew there was a lot of hard work to do," he said. "After the first innings, we felt we had a pretty nice total and then Pakistan came out and played really, really well. That put us behind again.

"To get a good second target and to come out again this morning and play the way we did, we knew anything could happen from then on.

"As we've seen, the games ebbed and flowed really, really quickly. In the space of a few overs, there might have been two or three wickets and the whole game's changed.

"We certainly didn't want to get ahead of ourselves, but it was nice that throughout the series, even at times in Dubai, we were able to stay in the competition. We could apply pressure to this strong Pakistan side."

And while Williamson was hailed for his performance as he took the microphone, having scored 89 and then 139, he deflected praise onto Nicholls.

"It's one of those things where you're trying to knuckle down and stick to your plans," he said. "I think we do need to mention Henry Nicholls' innings.

"We were able to get that partnership and get a little momentum. I think we've seen that throughout all the games, where there have been partnerships, you've been able to score if you apply yourself.

"It has been tough to start and that's the nature on all of these surfaces. It was a real fighting effort, one that we'll remember for a long time."

New Zealand completed an away series win over Pakistan for the first time since 1969 after a dominant 123-run success in the third Test in Abu Dhabi.

The Black Caps have not always fared well in Asia, their last series win on the continent coming in 2008, but they took control of the decisive final match on day four and declared on 353-7 the next morning as Henry Nicholls' unbeaten 126 helped set Pakistan a target of 280.

A successful chase never looked remotely likely and New Zealand soon set about ensuring Pakistan would not be able to bat out the day.

Tim Southee (3-42) and William Somerville (3-52) were in rampant form as it quickly became clear that captain Kane Williamson's call to go after victory would pay off, with only Babar Azam (51) offering any real resistance as he reached 1000 Test runs.

Pakistan were bowled for 156 and have little time to reflect on a disappointing series defeat, with a tour of South Africa beginning this month.

Hasan Ali had struck with the first ball of the day, trapping Williamson (139) lbw to end his partnership with Nicholls at 212, yet the morning then threatened to get away from Pakistan.

Nicholls combined with Colin de Grandhomme (26) for 62, soon reaching his century as the pair plundered regular boundaries and propelled New Zealand past 300.

Yasir Shah (4-129) - a record-breaker in this match as he became the fastest bowler to 200 Test wickets - intervened and took out De Grandhomme and BJ Watling (0) from consecutive balls, but Southee (15 not out) came in to stave off the hat-trick.

He then added another six before Williamson, whose slowing run rate on Thursday appeared to set up a draw, went for broke and declared with a lead of 279.

Pakistan were soon struggling with the bat and Southee wiped out Mohammad Hafeez's off stump to cut short the batsman's final Test innings at eight runs, before De Grandhomme tempted an edge from Azhar Ali (5).

Somerville was next to come to the fore in a destructive two-wicket maiden over. Ross Taylor clung on from Haris Sohail (9) and then Asad Shafiq (0) gloved behind next ball, awarded following a review.

A further video replay saved Babar from becoming Somerville's next victim, but the pressure continued to build before lunch and Imam-ul-Haq (22) fell to Ajaz Patel.

There was some improvement from Pakistan in the second session until Sommerville crashed through Sarfraz Ahmed (28) and, although Babar held firm, Yasir (4) tamely chipped Southee to cover.

Babar reached 50 and was then dropped by Taylor, but Southee made no mistake as he plucked a dropping ball out of the air to put New Zealand on the brink, before Hasan (4) picked out Williamson for the final dismissal.

Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls combined to give New Zealand a surely pivotal 198-run lead over Pakistan after Yasir Shah's record-breaking turn on the fourth day of the third Test.

The Black Caps began the day on 26-2, trailing Pakistan by 48 runs, but they came through an action-packed first session on Thursday to close on 272-4 and keep their hopes of a series win alive in the decisive final match.

History was made in a frantic morning as Yasir (2-107) brought up his 200th Test wicket in record time - 33 matches - bowling to William Somerville, seemingly leaving New Zealand deep in trouble.

But Pakistan's progress slowed with a spate of frustrating reviews and Williamson (139 not out) and Nicholls (90 no) battled through to lunch before kicking on in Abu Dhabi.

Even with that sublime unbeaten partnership of 212, there remains plenty of work for New Zealand to do to win on the final day, as all 10 Pakistan wickets must fall, but what appeared a probable defeat now looks to have been averted.

Yasir made his breakthrough early as he removed Somerville (4) lbw, reaching the landmark double-century of Test wickets in three matches fewer than previous record-holder Clarrie Grimmett.

And even the arrival of the destructive Ross Taylor (22) could not initially wrestle back control from Pakistan as the big-hitting batsman fell into a trap set by Shaheen Afridi, picking out Bilal Asif at deep square leg.

That brought Williamson and Nicholls together and New Zealand belatedly showed some resilience.

Nicholls clung to his wicket in spectacular fashion, surviving one review as he appeared to have edged behind, dodging another that would have seen him out lbw to Yasir and then using one of his own to escape once more.

That nervy start gave way to some more assured batting and the tone was set for the rest of the day. Pakistan struggled to get to grips with an effective partnership and Williamson drove a pair of fours off Hasan Ali to bring up his century.

A couple of tough Yasir drops ensured the Black Caps had complete control by tea, although some smart fielding subsequently kept the scoring down for a time before a new ball became available.

However, Sarfraz Ahmed bizarrely opted not to take the ball and instead watched his bowlers spend the last hour toiling in front of the determined batsmen.

Kane Williamson insists there are positives for New Zealand to take from their thrashing at the hands of Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai.

The Black Caps had edged the first match in Abu Dhabi, but they were blown away by Yasir Shah's 14 wickets as Pakistan won by an innings and 16 runs with a day to spare.

While captain Williamson admits New Zealand were well off the pace in the first innings, collapsing from 50-0 to 90 all out and being forced to follow on, he was more encouraged by the second total of 312 in conditions he acknowledges suited the bowling team.

"Obviously, 90 wasn't ideal. Yasir Shah played extremely well the whole game and Pakistan played extremely well the whole game," he told a news conference. "But from our perspective, we wanted to be a lot better in that first innings.

"If we go back to the way Pakistan started, they were able to bat for two days on that surface which put them in a very good position to be able to bowl and exploit those conditions with their spinners.

"They played very, very well, but we also showed in the second innings - perhaps on a wicket that had worn a little bit more - that there were opportunities to score runs, to bat and create an innings.

"I think it's really important we build on that going into the next game."

That next clash will return to Abu Dhabi, where Williamson is hopeful New Zealand will show what they have learned over the last week.

"It was a great game in Abu Dhabi, one of our great Test wins which was extremely exciting to be a part of," he said. "Then to come here wasn't our best performance by any means, but we know how difficult Pakistan are to play in their conditions.

"It's important that we are better and we learn from this experience here in Dubai. Pakistan will be full of confidence after their performance, but hopefully we can build on some of the confidence that we took in the second half of this game.

"There's also the effort with the ball of the seamers and the spinners in the first innings, as well as the performance back in Abu Dhabi. We know it will be a tough game."

Kane Williamson felt the opening Test between New Zealand and Pakistan was a fine advertisement for the longest form after emerging on the right side of a thrilling encounter.

On a dramatic day four in Abu Dhabi, the home side appeared to be cruising to their victory target of 176 with Asad Shafiq (45) and Azhar Ali (65) well set with the score on 130-3.

But 5-59 from debutant left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel turned the tide in the Black Caps' favour, Pakistan losing their final seven wickets for just 41 runs in a little more than 20 overs to go down by four runs and hand the tourists the narrowest Test win in their history.

Having come from nowhere to earn a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, Williamson was asked if this success ranked as one of his best.

"Yes, without a doubt. The best in recent memory," he said. "In these conditions Pakistan are a very strong side.

"To get through them in four days and stay in the match and come out with this result must obviously rank as one of our best wins.

"It certainly was dramatic. Throughout the four days both teams were put under pressure. I think at the end of the day it was a great advertisement for Test cricket.

"We knew the surface was not an easy one. There was considerable turn from day one and all the spinners bowled well. In the end, it came down to the wire.

"We will sit down and review our performance and the things to improve upon. The attitude, certainly today and throughout the game, was brilliant.

"How those two bowlers [Patel and Neil Wagner] bowled, for almost I think 20 overs, was brilliant. From our perspective, it's important to look at things we could have done better, but at the same, the fighting spirit we showed, we would like to hold on to that.

"I think the fighting attributes of this team really shone through and certainly today, it's important to build on a number of parts to go in to the next game, for sure."

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