Bangladesh stay in contention of the semi final berth of this year’s ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
It was an amazing performance by the Bangla tigers in a do or die game. First their bowlers did a wonderful job by restricting New Zealand to a modest score of 265 and then their batsmen did a wonderful job by chasing this score.
Like always it was New Zealand’s skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat first. After a decent start the New Zealand openers couldn’t convert them into a big one. Luke Ronchi who played so well against Australia was dismissed for just 16.
Martin Guptill was in great form before the Champions Trophy, unfortunately he too didn’t last long, and he was picked up by Taskin Ahmed for 33.
Then again it was the same story, partnership from skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor steadied the ship.
Their partnership of 83 runs brought New Zealand back in the game. Kane Williamson score another half century in this tournament. Now he has 2 fifties and 1 hundred in the Champions Trophy 2017.
Ross Taylor played equally good innings for New Zealand. He was the top scorer for the Kiwis in this match.
But like all other matches New Zealand lost the way after Williamson’s wicket. Kane Williamson ran himself out for 53 runs.
The partnership of 49 runs between Neil Broom and Ross Taylor was decent in the situation but it was not enough. Ross Taylor scored a classy 63 and Neil Broom supported him well with 36 runs.
After their partnership, New Zealand innings collapsed like a pack of cards. Corney Anderson was out in very next ball. James Neesham and Adam Milne couldn’t do much. They scored just 7 and 23 respectively.
Some lusty blows from Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee took the Kiwis to a decent total of 265 runs in their 50 overs.
Chasing 266 for victory, Bangladesh lost their 3 quick wickets for just 12 runs. Their most reliable opener Tamim Iqbal was out without scoring.
It was Tim Southee who gave a little hope with the ball by picking up 3 wickets.
Experienced batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim too couldn’t last long. He was out for 14 runs.
It was a partnership that turned around amazing thing for Bangladesh. Shakib AL Hasan and Mahmudullah struck a match-winning partnership of 224 runs.
This is a record partnership for Bangladesh that allowed them to chase down this total.
Shakib Al Hasan scored 110 and finally he was bowled by Milne but Mahmudullah struck a fine knock of 102 not out. He took his team through the line with Mosaddek Hossain, he was not out on 7.
Bangladesh won this match by 5 wickets and 16 balls to spare.
Man of the match was awarded to Shakib Al Hasan for his fine performance under pressure.