New Zealand Vs Bangladesh: Taylor, Henry helps NZ to clinch a thriller
June 6, 2019
ICC CWC 2019 | Match 9 | New Zealand Vs Bangladesh | Post-match Analysis
Bangladesh almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on 5th June at the Kennington, Oval. They literally fought as if their life was dependent on it. And that’s what you expect out of a World Cup encounter.
Bangladesh kept taking wickets at regular intervals and they made 244 look like 274. In the end, it required the calm head of Santner to take New Zealand over the line, his contribution of 17 off 12 balls proving to be decisive. Hang on for the presentations.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand won the toss and elected to field. Both teams came into the contest without any changes to their playing XI, having won their respective opening encounters. However, Bangladesh’s batsmen failed to reproduce their record-breaking form on the day. Tamim Iqbal (24) and Soumya Sarkar (25) provided them a solid start but departed in quick succession. Shakib (64) and Rahim (19) stitched a half-century partnership but the latter largely struggled through his stay in the middle.
New Zealand’s pace trio bowled over the 140kmps mark and troubled the Bangladeshi batsmen. And with some of them holding up, even the spinners were not easy to hit of. Barring Shakib, who stroked another half-century, the rest struggled. All of them got starts and worked their way in building partnerships. But before they could make an impactful contribution, New Zealand bowlers struck. Matt Henry was the pick of the lot, picking up four wickets and bundling them out for 244. Saifuddin remained the only player to manage big hits in the death overs.
New Zealand were off to a flier in chasing 245 But they weren’t able to capitalize onto that as they lost two quick wickets in the form of Guptill (25) and Munro (24) off Shakib-al-hasan which balanced the momentum on both sides. Then came the skipper Kane Williamson (40) at no. 3 and held onto it with the senior player Ross Taylor, who added 105 runs partnership before the former getting out to a loose short.
Left-handed batsman and wicket keeper Tom Latham (0) did the same four balls later, in a mirror shot and was caught by Saifuddin, puncturing the innings from 160 for 2 to 162 for 4 in the 32nd over.
Bangladesh turned the tide of the contest with a flurry of wickets in the second half of New Zealand’s chase.
Ross Taylor (80) held onto one end but wickets fell continuously as he also fall into the trap getting caught down the leg side. That wasn’t already enough for NZ, that De grandhomme, Neesham and Henry also fall into quick session.
Nonetheless, Mitchell Santner (17) and Ferguson (4) held their nerves to take them over the line with two wickets in hand.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have consolidated well and put on a 105 runs stand to ensure that Bangladesh don’t get a chance to impose themselves on the game.
Player of the Match
Guptill got New Zealand off to a flyer but failed to capitalize on the start. But Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor stitched together a 105-run partnership and that helped NZ to cruise towards the victory.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 244 in 49.2 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 64, Mohammad Shaifuddin 29; Matt Henry 4-47, Trent Boult 2-44) lost to New Zealand 248/8 in 47.1 overs (Ross Taylor 82, Kane Williamson 40; Mosaddek Hossain 2-33, Mohammad Saifuddin 2-41) by 2 wickets.