| GEO Sports|
| Bangladesh upset New Zealand by 7 wickets|
| Updated at: 0211 PST, Friday, October 10, 2008|
DHAKA: Zunaed Siddique and Mashrafe Mortaza scripted Bangladesh's first-ever victory over New Zealand in one-day cricket with a comfortable seven-wicket win in the opening match on Thursday.
Left-hander Siddique scored a brilliant 85 for his maiden half-century to anchor his team's successful chase of a 202-run target in 45.3 overs at Shere Bangla National Stadium after paceman Mortaza took 4-44 to jolt the tourists.
Mohammad Ashraful notched a return-to-form 60 not out to guide Bangladesh to their first win over the Black Caps in 12 one-dayers, as the home team skipper and Siddique added 109 for the third wicket to upset their formidable opponents.
Ashraful was full of praise for his team's effort. "I am happy that we played as a unit," said the Bangladeshi skipper. "I am elated that itís the first win against New Zealand and first against a major country under my captaincy," said Ashraful, who took over last year.
Visiting skipper Daniel Vettori said Bangladesh deserved the win. "We knew they are a good side with some quality individuals. The conditions were favourable for bowling in the morning but there are no excuses," said Vettori.