Bangladesh needed to beat New Zealand in their final league game to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the semifinals. And beat them they did. Excellent on the field as well as with the bat, the Asian Tigers registered their first ever win over the Kiwis in convincing fashion.
New Zealand opted to bat and other than Kane Williamson(57) & Ross Taylor(63) none of the other batsmen made noteworthy contributions. They lost their way in the final stages of the innings, scoring only 62 runs off the last 10 overs. They ended up posting a below par total 265/8.
Bangladesh were rocked early, losing their in-form opener Tamim Iqbal for a duck. Tim Southee was hitting the right lengths and soon dismissed two other top order batsmen to have the opposition reeling at 12/3 at the end of the 5th over.
When Adam Milne castled Mushifiqur Rahim a few overs later, Bangladesh were staring down the barrel. What followed next was some unbelievable batting from the exprienced pair of Shakib & Mahmudullah. They steadied the innings by stealing singles in the middle overs and then stepped up the scoring rate. It was measured ODI batting and the duo wrested control of the game.
With the game slipping from their grasp, Williamson tried to cut down the singles by bringing more fielders into the ring. This played into the hands of the Bangladeshis who were more than happy to loft over the infield. Shakib was bowled by Boult with a few runs still to get, shortly after he had reached his hundred. Mahmudllah remained unbeaten on 102 and soaked in the adulation after sealing the win.
After this terrific win, Bangladesh would be hoping that hosts England beat Australia in their match tomorrow.
Man of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan