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Sunday 5 April 2020
Bangladesh 244 (Shakib Al Hasan 64; Matt Henry 4-47)
New Zealand 248 - 8 (Ross Taylor 82, Kane Williamson 40; Mosaddek Hossain 2-33)
Result - New Zealand won by 2 wickets
In the 9th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Bangladesh and New Zealand at the Kennington Oval in London, a 45-run stand between openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar was followed by a brisk 64 from Shakib Al Hasan. Clearly, the move to promote him at No. 3 was working.
After being thrashed in the warm-up game against West Indies, Matt Henry followed his good work in the first match to bag a four-fer as Bangladesh were bowled out for a sub-par 244.
Martin Guptill got New Zealand off to a flyer but failed to capitalize on the start. But Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor stitched together a 105-run partnership and New Zealand were cruising towards the victory until Williamson chipped one in the air to deep mid-wicket. That triggered a batting collapse as the pressure of chasing down a total in a World cup game got to them.
Bangladesh kept taking wickets at regular intervals and they made 244 look like 274. In the end, it required the calm head of Santner to take New Zealand over the line, his contribution of 17 off 12 balls proving to be decisive.
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