Bangladesh dispelled all qualms of only being a good team in home conditions as Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah scored superb centuries to see the side clinch a famous win over New Zealand in the ninth game of Champions Trophy 2017 played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. The contest was a must-win as New Zealand batted first and posted a below-par score of 265 runs courtesy of brilliant bowling effort by Bangladesh bowlers.
In reply, Tim Southee ran through the top order as Bangladesh were reeling at 33 for 4 before Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah produced a remarkable turnaround to see Asian Tigers achieve a historic win over Kiwis by five wickets. Bangladesh will now have to wait for the result of England vs Australia game will decide who goes through to the semifinals of the Champions Trophy alongside England from Group A.
New Zealand tried their level best and bowled well upfront while defending a total of 265 runs. Tim Southee was excellent upfront as he dismissed Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman in no time to see Bangladesh in all sorts of trouble. Adam Milne also joined the party as he dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim for 14 runs to see Bangladesh four down for 30 odd runs.
Shakib Al Hasan joined Mahmudullah at the crease as both the batsmen were out of form and desperately in need of runs. The pair played their attacking game even with Bangladesh placed in such a precarious situation. Kane Williamson did make a few tactical mistakes as he did not bring his strike bowlers in the middle overs of the innings. New Zealand tried a lot of things but Shakib and Mahmudullah put on a 100-run stand.
The experienced duo played really well as they kept the scoreboard ticking to put pressure back on New Zealand. They pair put on a record breaking partnership of 224 runs to put their side in the box seat in the game. Shakib notched up his hundred as he smoked a six off Milne while Mahmudullah also reached three figures and guided his side to a well-deserved win in 47th over of the innings. Bangladesh seems to produce famous wins at Cardiff as they also upstaged Australia in 2005 and now New Zealand in 2017.
Earlier in the game, New Zealand decided to bat first as Luke Ronchi and Martin Guptill got the side off to a good start and put on 46 runs for the opening wicket. Taskin Ahmed came into the attack and dismissed Ronchi as he mistimed a delivery to long on. Guptill also could not produce big runs as he was dismissed by Rubel Hossain by delivery that came back and trapped him right in front to see Kiwis lose their second wicket.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson joined Ross Taylor at the crease as he added 73 runs to stabilize the innings. Williamson scored another half century before he was run-out due to a mix-up with Taylor to see New Zealand lose their third wicket. Taylor played well for 63 runs off 82 balls and was dismissed at critical juncture to see New Zealand lose the momentum in the innings as they could only muster 62 runs from the last ten overs of the innings.