New Zealand's cricket team has scored a morale-boosting win over Bangladesh in the first of three one-day internationals in New Zealand.

Despite Bangladesh's highest total ever in a limited-overs match, the Kiwis were able to win the match by six wickets in Auckland. Opening batsman Jamie How led all scorers with 88 runs as New Zealand reached 203-4 in 42.1 overs.

The score was in response to Bangladesh's total of 201 all out in 46.3 overs. Mohammad Ashraful led the visitors with 70 runs, including 10 fours and one six on the short boundaries of the Eden Park ground.

The win was encouraging for New Zealand, which has suffered disappointing losses in its recent tours of South Africa and Australia. The second one-day international against Bangladesh is Friday in Napier.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.