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All on the line as Kiwis clash with Bangladesh

11 June, 2017, 10:19 | Author: Greg Santos
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Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah smashed a brilliant century each and stitched together a record 224-run stand after being 33 for 4 as Bangladesh produced a stunning five-wicket win over New Zealand in their last group match of the Champions Trophy in Cardiff on Friday. 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.

When Trent Boult bowled Shakib, the match had already been all but won. Adam Milne picked up just one wicket in the innings.

ยท These sides are both sat on one point in the 2017 Champions Trophy; even a win in this fixture won't necessarily guarantee safe passage through to the semi-final stage (Australia will qualify with a victory over England).

And if both the last two Group A matches are washed out, Australia would still go through as they would then have three points to Bangladesh and New Zealand's two apiece.

Mosaddek finished with three for 13 from three overs but was supported by Taskin (two for 43 off eight) and Rubel (one for 60 off 10). With their backs well and truly against the ropes, they warded off the next 90 balls scoring only 50 runs, at a little above 3 to the over. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson were highest scorers for New Zealand with 63 and 57 runs respectively.

Williamson, fresh from scores of 100 and 87 against England and Australia, showed his class with several elegant fours.

Bangladesh's run chase suffered a awful start when Tamim Iqbal, fresh from scores of 128 and 95 against England and Australia respectively, was lbw for a second-ball duck to Tim Southee.

But, as happened in their no-result washout with Australia and defeat by England, they stumbled once the experienced batsmen were out in quick succession.

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Completely stifled, they hit just three boundaries in the final seven overs and looked to be out of contention, before their bowlers struck.

"The honourable prime minister talked to the two centurions of Bangladesh team - Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad - over phone immediately after the historic win against New Zealand", PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS. But we gained confidence when we beat them (New Zealand) in Ireland in the tri-series.

Earlier, Mossadek Hossain marked his return to the Bangladesh side by taking three wickets as the Kiwis slumped to a total of 265 for eight.

Mashrafe and Bangladesh however had to ride out some efficient New Zealand batting leading up to the 40th over.

Earlier New Zealand batted first after winning the toss and posted 265 runs on the board.

Bangladesh gave themselves a chance of making the last four of the competition with an extraordinary five-wicket win over New Zealand in Cardiff.

Enter Shakib and Mahmudullah. The much expected batsman Corey Anderson, got out for a duck.

"I think once they get out in the middle, things will just click into place, and yeah, hopefully we can play well in Birmingham", added Smith of a line-up where the big-hitting Chris Lynn, fresh from his IPL exploits, could be recalled.

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