World Cup 2019: Ross Taylor, Matt Henry script New Zealand’s 2-wicket win over Bangladesh

first_imgNew Zealand registered their second successive win of the World Cup 2019 on Thursday as they defeated Bangladesh in a closely-fought contest by 2 wickets in London to move up to the top spot in the points table of the tournament.Chasing 245 for victory, the Kiwis rode on Ross Taylor’s 82 off 91 balls to chase down the target in 47.1 overs. Captain Kane Williamson (40), Martin Guptill (25) and James Neesham (24) also made useful contributions for New Zealand.Bangladesh though, made a fist of the contest with Mehidy Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin bagging two wickets each.The match went right down to the wire after Taylor’s dismissal which led to a mini-collapse. Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme then calmed things down with a 27-run partnership but once those two departed, Bangladesh players started to believe and kept the pressure on the tailenders.But off–spinner Mitchell Santner kept his nerves and played a good innings of 17 not out to take the team past the finish line even as he kept losing partners at the other end.Earlier in the day, Bangladesh, after being asked to bat first by New Zealand, managed to post a respectable total of 244 in Kennigton Oval on Wednesday. New Zealand bowlers put in another impressive performance to stop Bangladesh below 250. Matt Henry led the attack with four-wicket haul (9.2-0-47-4) whereas Trent Boult contributed with two wickets.Matt Henry removed Soumya Sarkar for 25 but not before he had added 45 for the opening wicket with Tamim Iqbal.Tamim Iqbal followed Sarkar to the dressing room, as he top edged a hook shot into the hands of Colin de grandhomme for 24, becoming Lockie Ferguson’s 50th ODI scalp.advertisementBangladesh’s most experienced pair of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib joined hands for a 50-run partnership for the third wicket after the openers were removed in quick succession.Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was dismissed for 19 off 35 deliveries following a mix-up between him and Shakib Al Hasan as the duo attempted a quick run.Shakib Al Hasan played a range of dazzling shots to keep Bangladesh’s scoreboard moving. He fell to Colin de grandhomme after scoring a fine 64 off 68.Many Bangladeshi batters managed to get decent starts but none barring Shakib Al Hasan went past 29. Mohammad Saifuddin played an important 23-ball 29 run cameo to help Bangladesh reach near 250.Also Read | Bangladesh vs New Zealand Highlights, World Cup 2019last_img