In a thrilling match at the oval, New Zealand clinched a hard-fought victory against Bangladesh. The Blackcaps looks too be in decent form after two wins on the bounce while for Bangladesh it was so close yet so far. Shakib Al Hasan’s incredible all-round performance went in vain as Bangladesh lost the tie by two wickets. For the Kiwis, Matt Henry starred with the ball, picking four wickets inside his ten overs. Ross Taylor emerged as the Man of the Match for his magnificent 82-run knock under pressure.
Batting first, Bangladesh started the inning in flying fashion as Soumya Sarkar, and Tamim Iqbal played some excellent strokes inside the powerplay. Matt Henry got the first breakthrough in the form of Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal followed soon and was caught by Boult trying to pull one off Ferguson’s ball. Shakib Al Hasan marched in the middle with some positive intent and smashed 64 runs before getting out to a loose shot. Md. Mithun (26), Mahmudullah (20) and Saifuddin (29) chipped in with crucial contributions to make sure their team posts a decent total on the board.
The Kiwi openers- Martin Guptill and Colin Munro looked in a hurry when they got the explosive start while chasing. After the openers departed inside the powerplay, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor stitched a matchwinning partnership of 105 runs to take the game away from Bangladesh. Things got worse when Kane Williamson declared not out after Mushfiqur Rahim uprooted the stumps with his elbow while running him out on Tamim Iqbal’s throw. Ross Taylor hanged in there even after Mehidy Hasan dismissed the skipper.
However, the Asian outfit crawled back in the game with a flurry of wickets at the crucial time. With new batsmen coming in, New Zealand looked in a spot of bother, but Jimmy Neesham showed maturity and played a handy cameo to bring the Blackcaps closer to victory. Mitch Santner finished the match in style with his unbeaten 12-ball 17 to hand the Kiwis their second consecutive victories in this World Cup. Bangladesh bowled well, but the turning point of this close contest has to be Mushfiqur’s moment of madness, which probably cost them the match.
New Zealand looks a reignited force with some world class talent in their ranks, but it remains to be seen if they can consistently perform well in this tournament. With a bunch of all-rounders to their ammunition, the Blackcaps have a slight edge over all the other teams. The Underdogs, Bangladesh will look to fetch many positives from this gritty performance against a quality side. They believe they belong to this stage, and their recent accomplishments prove that this team can give a good run for their money.