Ross Taylor and Matt Henry delivered splendid performances to help New Zealand sneak a two wicket-win over Bangladesh in the 9th game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Kennington Oval in London.
Chasing 245 runs to win, New Zealand got off to a brisk start as Martin Guptill and Colin Munro added 35 runs in the space of five overs.
Shakib Al Hasan came into the attack and got rid of Guptill, who scored 25 off 14 balls with the help of three fours and a six.
Colin Munro also could not last any longer as Shakib dismissed for 24 to see Bangladesh put pressure back on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand side.
Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor came together and formed a 105-run partnership to see New Zealand placed in a strong position to win the game. Mehidy Hasan Miraaz dismissed Williamson in the 31st over to trigger a collapse for New Zealand. He also dismissed Tom Latham in same over to see New Zealand lose their fourth wicket with 162 runs on the board.
All-rounder James Neesham and added 29 runs with Ross Taylor to take an inch towards a possible win. Taylor played exceedingly well and scored 82 off 91 balls with the help of eight boundaries.
Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson looked composed and completed the chase for New Zealand with three overs to spare.
For Bangladesh, the spin duo of Mehidy Hasan Miraaz and Shakib Al Hasan bowled well and picked up four wickets between them. Mohammad Saifuddin and Mosaddek Hossain also picked up crucial wickets for the side.
Ross Taylor delivered a splendid innings to help New Zealand eke out a close win over Bangladesh in a World Cup game played at The Oval.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl first on a decent pitch for batting. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar got Bangladesh off to decent start and added 45 runs for the opening wicket.
Pace bowler Matt Henry picked up Soumya Sarkar in the ninth over to see Bangladesh lose their first wicket. Shakib Al Hasan came to the crease, much to the support from large group of Bangladeshi supporters present at The Oval.
Iqbal also failed to get going in his innings and was dismissed by Lockie Ferguson to see Bangladesh lose their second wicket with 60 runs on the board.
Mushfiqur Rahim came to the crease and formed 50-run partnership with Shakib to see Bangladesh scoring at a decent rate in their innings. Rahim was run-out in the 24th over after a mix-up with Shakib Al Hasan.
Playing his 200th one-day game for Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan was clearly standout player in the batting lineup and scored 64 off 68 balls with the help of seven boundaries.
Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad and Mohammad Saifuddin chipped in with useful 20s to see Bangladesh score 244 runs in 49.2 overs.
For New Zealand, pace bowler Matt Henry was standout bowler with four wickets to his name. Trent Boult also completed 150 wickets in one-day internationals by picking two wickets against Bangladesh.
With this result, New Zealand are well ahead in the league table at the moment with four points to their name.