After 30 overs, New Zealand had been on 156 runs for the loss of just one wicket. As per 50-over cricket’s general theory, teams generally double the score of first 30 overs in the remaining 20 overs, provided they have got enough wickets in hand. So, many had been predicting New Zealand’s possible final score somewhere around 340-350.
But in the end, New Zealand finished their innings on just 270 for 8 in their stipulated 50 overs. And for this, the bowlers definitely deserve some applause. Batsmen of course havdthe bigger responsibility, and it was really big of them to chase down 270 runs. But still, let’s not write off the contribution from the bowlers.
Among the bowlers, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan must get most of the credits. When New Zealand were going really good, Bangladesh’s captain and vice-captain took three wickets within two runs, and all of a sudden by losing the wickets of James Neesham, Collin Munro and Corey Anderson, the Kiwis became 226 for 7 from 226 for 4.
And also let’s not forget about Nasir Hossain. Just when New Zealand’s second wicket partnership was looking unbreakable, Nasir broke through twice, removing Tom Latham and Neil Broom on 84 and 63 runs respectively. Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman were also in great touch, bowling with tight lengths to give the New Zealand tailenders no chance whatsoever in the slog overs.
In the end, Mashrafe, Shakib and Nasir ended up taking two wickets each while the other two Kiwi wickets were shared between Rubel and Mustafizur. And it’s because of their combined effort that Bangladesh were able to restrict the Black Caps to a reasonable total, which made the batsmen’s life much easier later on.
So, give credits to the batsmen for successfully chasing down a not-so-easy total, but also don’t forget to applaude the efforts of the bowlers.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com