Magnificent Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad have taken Bangladesh to a memorable victory against New Zealand in the ninth match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Swalec Stadium, Cardiff in Group A. The Tigers have knocked the Kiwis by 5 wickets.
Toss went in New Zealand’s luck after an hour delay of play. Batting first, the openers Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi added 46 runs in 7.1 overs. Taskin Ahmed was the wicket-taker on his return to the side.
The Blackcaps posted 60 for 1 in first ten overs. Guptill, who was looking dangerous, got trapped in lbw by Rubel Hossain for 33 off 35 balls with 4 fours and a six. They lost both their openers in space of 5.4 overs.
New Zealand’s walls Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor put on a 83-run partnership for the third wicket. Skipper Williamson scored his third fifty in the tournament. He made 69-ball 57 runs hitting 5 fours before being a victim of run out for the third time in last four ODIs. It was his fourth consecutive 50+ score in the Champions Trophy.
The middle overs were well controlled by Bangladesh, giving 143 runs for three wickets in overs 11-40. Taylor made 63 runs off 82 deliveries including 6 fours.
Like their previous two games, the New Zealand middle-order collapsed again. Part-time off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain brought down destruction in the 44th over when he dismissed Neil Broom for 36 and Corey Anderson for a duck. The rookie went on to pic another wicket.
Bangladesh restricted the Kiwis to 265/8 in 50 overs. Trump card Mosaddek was the most successful bowler in terms of wickets, picking up three for 13 in 3 overs. Taskin took two for 43.
Bangladesh were in deep trouble in their run-chase. Tim Southee sent back Tamim Iqbal (0), Sabbir Rahman (8) and Soumya Sarkar (3) within the first five overs. Later on, Mushfiqur left scoring 14 runs. The Tigers were 4 down for 33 in 11.4 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad didn’t panic against strong New Zealand bowling attack. When Southee and Trent Boult were kept out of the attack, they started to take their chances.
Both of them scored their half-centuries; Shakib took 62 balls while Mahmudullah took 58. The partnership was going ahead as it reached 150 in the 38th over. It broke the record for fifth wicket partnership for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh were 196/4 in 40 overs, needing 70 runs off 60 balls. The game was then set for a thriller as the men in green jerseys brought themselves back in the game.
Both the players were in a race of getting their respective hundreds. Shakib was the first one. He top-edged a hook off Adam Milne for a six to bring up his 7th ODI hundred in 111 balls. He ended up scoring a wonderful knock of 114 runs off 115 balls hitting 11 fours and a six.
The partnership between Mahmudullah and Shakib had 224 runs, which is the highest ever for any pair in Bangladesh’s ODI history.
Mahmudullah’s third ODI hundred came in 107 deliveries, all in ICC events. He made 102* smashing 8 fours and 2 sixes. A four by Mosaddek on the second ball of 47th over off Milne completed Bangladesh’s victory. They are still alive in the competition as they hope England to win against Australia.
New Zealand 265/8 in 50 overs (Taylor 63, Williamson 57; Mosaddek 3/13, Taskin 2/43)
Bangladesh 268/5 in 47.2 overs (Shakib 114, Mahmudullah 102*; Southee 3/45, Boult 1/48)
Result: Bangladesh won by 5 wickets
Man of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan (0/52 and 114)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com