Kiwis edge out Bangladesh in World Cup classic at the Oval
A World Cup fixture between Bangladesh and New Zealand provided great entertainment to a full capacity crowd at The Oval.
A target of 245 set by Bangladesh, unexpectedly became a challenging score for New Zealand, before they got home by 2 wickets with 17 balls to spare. A tense finish is bound to help both sides, moving forward in the tournament.
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
A 105 runs added in 21.1 overs for the 3rd wicket between Kane Williamson (40) and Ross Taylor (82 off 91 balls with 9 fours), proved to be a match-winning contribution from the Kiwis. The New Zealand team management would not be too pleased with the failure of the lower middle order though full credit is also due to Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza in leading a spirited defence of their below-par total.
Both Bangladesh and New Zealand were unchanged from their opening fixtures, for a day-night fixture today. Kiwis skipper Williamson chose to bowl in cool overcast conditions with a view to putting pressure on the opposition through his opening pair – Trent Boult and Matt Henry. There was very little evidence of swing and in fact both bowlers were on the short side as Bangladesh fifty came up in 10.3 overs.
It was followed by a passage of play when New Zealand were able to keep things quite although could have done with fuller length. Tamim Iqbal, just like his opening partner Soumya Sarkar, played a poor stroke to depart and leave Bangladesh in an uncomfortable 60-2 off 13.2 overs. The trustworthy pair of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushifiqur Rehman were asked to rebuild as Williamson was happy to have a slip and a leg-slip in the 18th over.
The pressure created by slow left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner accounted for Mushifiqur, who ran himself out when his partner will have none of it and Bangladesh had lost their third wicket at 110 in the 24th over. Shakib was being asked to play an anchor’s role which he has done so well over the years for his country. It took him 54 balls to bring up his fifty to mark his 200th ODI appearance. Easily the best all-rounder produced by Bangladesh, he was the 4th wicket to fall at 151 in the 31st overs, for Bangladesh’s top score of 64 off 68 balls.
Bowling beautifully, with an odd ball tossed up, Santner’s first seven overs only went for 20 runs as Bangladesh batsmen tried in vain to up the tempo – more so with two new batsmen of the lower middle order – Mohammad Mithun and Mahmudullah - at the crease. New Zealand bowlers and fielders tightened their grip through being clinical and professional in their respective roles. There was a hint of a late order flourish but still Bangladesh final total could not go beyond 244 all out in 49.2 overs.
Bangladesh supporters had every reason to be vocal and excited when arriving via London underground for at this very venue, it had beaten South Africa, on Sunday. Today they went down in a narrow finish against a more settled and efficient opposition.
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(wk), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
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