Shakib Al Hasan, Taskin Ahmed star in tense Bangladesh win
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets
New Zealand restricted to 265/8
Williamson and Taylor both hit 50s to anchor innings
New Zealand won the toss and bat
Mosaddek Hossain takes 3/13 during the death overs to frustrate New Zealand
New Zealand – 265/8 50/50 ov RR: 5.30
Bangladesh – 268/5 47.2/50 ov RR: 5.66
In a must-win match, Bangladesh’s bowlers came to the fore after having been under the pump for much of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Taskin Ahmed led the way with 2 for 43 and Mosaddek Hossain chipped in with 3 for 13 after being brought into the attack in only the 42nd over, as Bangladesh kept New Zealand to 265 for 8 at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Friday.
Neither bowler had been part of the XI for Bangladesh’s last match, against Australia, but showed their worth in this match, where the loser will be out of the running for a semi-final spot.
New Zealand’s batting performance was solid without being spectacular for the first 40 overs, but its finish was below par. The middle order was shown up again, and the only shining spot, as expected, was Kane Williamson, who had chosen to bat first on a pitch that wasn’t quite as friendly to batsmen as some others in the competition have been, but didn’t play any devious tricks either.
Williamson made 57 off 69, the third time in three innings that he had gone past 50 in the competition, though once again he was run out. But as had happened for New Zealand every time Williamson has gotten out in this tournament, the men who followed withered. Ross Taylor’s 63 was the highest score of the innings, but he took up a fairly chunky 82 balls and had the lowest strike rate amongst the top six batsmen.
Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi had begun well, putting on 46 runs before Ronchi was caught off Taskin in the first ball of the eighth over. Guptill, who had hit Mashrafe Mortaza over the sightscreen, got off to a good start for the third time in the tournament, but again he couldn’t stay on to convert it to a bigger score.
Guptill was looking good when he was trapped lbw by Rubel Hossain for 33 off 35, and his was an important wicket since he was the man New Zealand might have expected to find or clear the fence at will.