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New Zealand survive Bangladesh scare to win World Cup thriller

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New Zealand survived a dramatic late fightback by Bangladesh to pull off a nervy two-wicket win in their World Cup clash at the Oval on Wednesday.

Man-of-the-match Ross Taylor scored a 91-ball 82 before a clatter of wickets gave Bangladesh the chance to pull off a shock win.

It needed a 20-run eighth-wicket stand between Mitchell Santner (17 not out) and Matt Henry (six) to bring the target down to seven required in a highly tense atmosphere.

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Lockie Ferguson (4 not out) and Santner hit a boundary each to seal the win.

“It’s very nice to get across the line,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. “We still knew that 250 could be quite challenging.

“It wasn’t our most clinical effort with the bat. There were a few soft dismissals that we’d want to address. But it’s a great experience to have in tournament cricket.”

Paceman Mohammad Saifuddin (2-41) and spinner Mosaddek Hossain (2-33) had given Bangladesh a glimmer of hope after New Zealand were apparently cruising towards a comfortable win.

New Zealand slumped from 160-2 to 218-7, with off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz dismissing Williamson (40) and Tom Latham (0) in the same over before Hossain accounted for Jimmy Neesham (25).

The win is New Zealand’s second victory after their crushing 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, with the team hungry for a first-ever World Cup triumph.

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– Shakib reaches 200 ODIs –

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan did his best to mark his 200th one-day-international appearance in style with a polished 64 and two wickets but it was not enough.

Shakib removed Black Caps’ openers Martin Guptill (25) and Colin Munro (24) before Taylor and Williamson steadied the innings during their 105-run stand for the third wicket.

Bangladesh, sent in to bat, lost their last six wickets for just 65 runs.

Paceman Henry finished with figures of 4-47 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 244 in the final over.

Shakib, cheered on by a large contingent of Bangladeshi supporters, scored his 64 off 68 balls but too many of his teammates failed to capitalise on good starts.

Once he was caught by wicket-keeper Latham off the bowling of Colin de Grandhomme in the 31st over, the Bangladesh batsmen lost their way.

Tail-ender Saifuddin hit a 23-ball 29 with a six and three boundaries before Henry and Trent Boult (2-44) mopped up the tail.

“It was a good wicket, we were 20 or 30 short,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza.

“The outfield was slow. We got set and then got out too often. We couldn’t make a good partnership in the middle.

“At the end it was a tight match. To win matches you have to get wickets. They closed it professionally — credit to them.”

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244/10 (49.2)
New Zealand
248/8 (47.1)
Tamim Iqbal c Trent Boult b Lockie Ferguson24383063.16
Soumya Sarkar b Matt Henry252530100.00
Shakib Al Hasan (vc) c Tom Latham b Colin de Grandhomme64687094.12
Mushfiqur Rahim run out (Tom Latham)19352054.29
Mohammad Mithun c Colin de Grandhomme b Matt Henry26333078.79
Mahmudullah c Kane Williamson b Mitchell Santner20410048.78
Mosaddek Hossain c Martin Guptill b Trent Boult11220050.00
Mohammad Saifuddin b Matt Henry292331126.09
Mehidy Hasan Miraz c Tom Latham b Trent Boult790077.78
Mashrafe Mortaza c Trent Boult b Matt Henry120050.00
Mustafizur Rahman not out00000.00
Extras18 (b 1 , lb 8 , nb 0, w 9, pen 0)
Total244/10 (49.2 Overs, RR: 4.95)
Fall of Wickets 1-45 (8.3) Soumya Sarkar, 2-60 (13.2) Tamim Iqbal, 3-110 (23.5) Mushfiqur Rahim, 4-151 (30.2) Shakib Al Hasan (vc), 5-179 (37.1) Mohammad Mithun, 6-197 (42.3) Mahmudullah, 7-224 (46.2) Mosaddek Hossain, 8-235 (48.2) Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9-244 (49.1) Mashrafe Mortaza, 10-244 (49.2) Mohammad Saifuddin,
Matt Henry9.204745.11
Trent Boult1004424.40
Lockie Ferguson1004014.00
Colin de Grandhomme803914.88
Jimmy Neesham2024012.00
Mitchell Santner1014114.10

Martin Guptill c Tamim Iqbal b Shakib Al Hasan (vc)251431178.57
Colin Munro c Mehidy Hasan Miraz b Shakib Al Hasan (vc)24343170.59
Kane Williamson c Mosaddek Hossain b Mehidy Hasan Miraz40721055.56
Ross Taylor c Mushfiqur Rahim b Mosaddek Hossain82919090.11
Tom Latham c Mohammad Saifuddin b Mehidy Hasan Miraz04000.00
Jimmy Neesham c Soumya Sarkar b Mosaddek Hossain25332175.76
Colin de Grandhomme c Mushfiqur Rahim b Mohammad Saifuddin151320115.38
Mitchell Santner not out171220141.67
Matt Henry b Mohammad Saifuddin681075.00
Lockie Ferguson not out4310133.33
Extras10 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 1, w 9, pen 0)
Total248/8 (47.1 Overs, RR: 5.26)
Did not batTrent Boult,
Fall of Wickets 1-35 (5.1) Martin Guptill, 2-55 (9.6) Colin Munro, 3-160 (31.1) Kane Williamson, 4-162 (31.6) Tom Latham, 5-191 (38.3) Ross Taylor, 6-218 (42.5) Colin de Grandhomme, 7-218 (43.3) Jimmy Neesham, 8-238 (46.3) Matt Henry,
Mashrafe Mortaza503206.40
Mehidy Hasan Miraz1004724.70
Mustafizur Rahman7.104806.76
Shakib Al Hasan (vc)1004724.70
Mohammad Saifuddin704125.86
Mosaddek Hossain803324.12