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Champions Trophy: New Zealand v Bangladesh

11 June 2017, 10:15 | Simon Arnold

Kiwis plan to take fight to Bangladesh to keep Champions Trophy hopes alive

ICC Champions Trophy

For the umpteenth time, Shakib confirmed his status as the premier allrounder in world cricket with an nearly run-a-ball 114; Mahmudullah finished not too far behind, hitting 102 not out off 107 - he brought up his third ODI ton with a hook off Trent Boult.

Shakib's century came first - brought up, fittingly, with a six - before Mahmudullah slashed Boult to the long-on boundary to bring up three figures.

Shakib fell just before the finish but when Mosaddek Hossain, who'd earlier justified his recall with three wickets, edged Adam Milne for a four, the Tigers had finished on 268 for five and won with 16 balls to spare.

Bangladesh still need to hope that England beat Australia or the Saturday fixture produces no result so as to reach the knockouts.

However it was the 83-run stand between skipper Kane Williamson (57, 69b, 5×4) and Ross Taylor (63, 82b, 6×4) that helped the Blackcaps set a challenging total despite the wickets tumbled in a heap at the slog overs.

Pacer Taskin Ahmed, with 2-43, removed Taylor, but it was offspinner Mosaddek Hossain, who had only one wicket in his last five one-day internationals, who did the most damage.

At 152-3, New Zealand still found themselves in a healthy position before Taylor added to the score with a partnership of 49 alongside Neil Broom.

Primary to New Zealand's woes in the tournament has been the indifferent form of its openers, that has put added responsibility on the shoulders of Kane Williamson.

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The loss followed a washed-out match against Australia and an 87-run loss to England. That was phenomenal." Read Also: "Indian team shaken by defeat to Sri Lanka but won't give up Bangladesh had not appeared at this tournament since the 2006 edition, when it failed to get out of the group stage and lost by 10 wickets to West Indies.

The two sides have just a point apiece in the eight-team marquee tournament after they slumped to a comprehensive defeat by England, while their respective matches against two-time victor Australia were abandoned. In the end, Al Hasan & Mahmudullah made New Zealand look ragged in the field which showed how well they controlled their innings.

The Kiwis on the hand will have to catch the new flight back to New Zealand. It was Rubel Hossain who removed the risky Martin Guptill for 33 off 35 balls, after trapping him in front with good bowling with one that nipped back off the seam with pace.

Both New Zealand and Bangladesh have one point after two games, one point behind Australia.

The New Zealand Vs Bangladesh Champions Trophy match will be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

After restricting New Zealand to 265/8, Bangladesh had a sinking start as their key batsman Tamim Iqbal who scored century in the opening game of the tournament was dismissed for a duck. This win was only made possible by two star players Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, with both scoring a wonderful ton each.

"But after the start we had with the ball we thought 265 was going to be enough". Staying abreast of the situation is what both New Zealand and Bangladesh will be striving for. "If we want to repeat the result again, we have to execute well".



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