Bangladesh vs New Zealand

Bangladesh team

Bangladesh team

Fast-improving side Bangladesh underlined their potential with a fine 21-run victory at The Oval over the Proteas who came into this World Cup as a low-key side always failing to match hype.

Spin nearly sank New Zealand, again, with six wickets tumbling to the tweakers after the classy left-armer Shakib Al Hasan (2-47) applied the pressure with the wickets of openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. While Bangladesh stunned South Africa in their previous outing, the Kiwis eased past Sri Lanka.

Suddenly it was the pressure of a cup final as Bangladesh sensed a big chance and the crowd roared behind them.

New Zealand secured their second World Cup win in a row with a nervy two-wicket win over a spirited Bangladesh in a thrilling match. Put into bat against a usually daunting Proteas attack, Shakib and Mushfiqur led the charge for the Tigers, putting on 142 for the third wicket as part a record ODI total of 330 for a Bangladesh side.

Bangladesh cut short a tour of New Zealand in March when most of the team and some staff heading to Friday prayers avoided, only by minutes, being in a mosque where a gunman killed 42 people out of 51 total fatalities.

Shakib has experience of upsetting the Black Caps after inspiring their five-wicket win over New Zealand in the 2017 Champions Trophy with the most recent of his seven ODI hundreds.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and made a decision to bowl first against Bangladesh at the Kennington Oval on Wednesday. There are so many things to prove in this tournament. One of the pillars of Bangladesh cricket, Mushfiqur Rahim has often played the role of an anchor with the bat.

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These two teams have faced each other four times in previous editions of the World Cup, New Zealand emerging victorious in all those encounters. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5. However the one bowler who has troubled him the most has been Mashrafe Mortaza, dismissing him on 3 occasions in those matches.

"We have to plan for our next match against New Zealand and make sure that we execute those plans".

Ross Taylor pushed to deepish mid-on and called Williamson through for a needlessly risky run with the skipper on his heels.

Captain Kane Williamson could look back on a tidy, drama-free, winning loosener by his side.

Santner (1-41) helped apply the brakes then de Grandhomme showed his knack for picking up key wickets. "They knew we have the skill to beat big teams", Hasan said.

"I think that we are in a good place, mentally. If we bowl first in the next few games we can hopefully continue to do that and make it hard for the guys to score", Guptill said.

"It was very nice to get across the line, I thought the first innings was outstanding".

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