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WC: New Zealand hold nerve to beat Bangladesh in a thriller


LONDON: New Zealand held their nerve below the floodlights to beat Bangladesh by way of two wickets in a dramatic low-scoring Cricket World Cup match at The Oval on Wednesday.

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The Black Caps looked to be cruising to a modest target of 245 as Ross Taylor (82) and captain Kane Williamson (40) led them to 160-2, but they misplaced six wickets in quick succession to give Bangladesh the odor of a well-known win.

When Matt Henry was 8th guy out, New Zealand still wanted seven runs for victory but Mitchell Santner stayed calm to safe their 2nd win of the event with 17 balls to spare.

"It's very nice to get across the line. We still knew that 250 could be quite challenging," Williamson said.

"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."

New Zealand bowled tightly and fielded with high depth after profitable the toss to restrict Bangladesh to 244 all out.

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar shared an opening partnership of 45 ahead of Sarkar was bowled by way of Henry for 25 and Tamim, on 24, skied a simple catch to mid-wicket.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim added 50 for the third wicket but the stand ended when Mushfiqur was run out for 19 following a mix-up.

Shakib reached his fifty off 54 balls ahead of, on 64, he edged medium-pacer Colin de Grandhomme to wicketkeeper Tom Latham and Mohammad Mithun went for 26.

Needing to accelerate to get close to 300, a par ranking on the usual batting-friendly Oval wicket, Bangladesh boundaries were in short provide.]

BOISTEROUS FANS

Mohammad Saifuddin struck the only six of the innings within the 45th over but it was a rare happy moment for the boisterous Bangladesh fans and Henry bowled him for 29 within the final over to claim his fourth wicket and end the innings.

New Zealand started their chase hopefully as Martin Guptill made a breezy 25 and Colin Munro 24 to move them abruptly on to 55-2.

Williamson should had been brushed aside for 8, but wicketkeeper Mushfiqur dislodged the bails with his arm to waste the chance.

Williamson and Taylor added 105 to position New Zealand in a dominant position ahead of Williamson was caught at deep mid-wicket by way of Mosaddek Hossain off Mehedi Hasan.

Latham fell for nought and when Taylor was caught down the leg-side New Zealand nerves were jangling.

The target was still comfortably inside range, but De Grandhomme (15) and Jimmy Neesham (25) also fell as the strain fastened.

Henry was bowled by way of Saufuddin with seven required but Santner drove the primary ball of the 48th over to the extra duvet boundary to get New Zealand over the road.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who led his workforce to an disillusioned win over South Africa of their first match of the event, said they were 20-30 runs quick with the bat.


"It was a good wicket. The outfield was slow," Mortaza said. "We were given set and then were given out too frequently, we couldn't make a good partnership within the heart.


"At the end it was a tight match. They closed it professionally - credit to them."







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