Bangladesh script an unlikely win against NZ in the Champions Trophy
Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmadullah Riyadh hit hundreds and Bangladesh beat New Zealand by 5 wickets with 16 balls to spare. New Zealand bowled brilliantly upfront and had The Tigers at 33-4.
In walked, Mahmadullah. He and Shakib stitched together a 200+ partnership. Shakib was dismissed with only 9 runs to get for an excellent 114(115). On the other hand, Mahmadullah carried on scored an unbeaten ton, 102 off 107.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat in a must-win game. Openers gave them a good start before Luke Ronchi was dismissed by Taskin Ahmed. Martin Guptill followed him soon after for a 35-ball 33.
Once again the skipper Kane Williamson batted with authority and shared a good partnership with the experienced Ross Taylor and they were looking for a score around 300.
Williamson was run out for a well-made 57(69) and Taylor 63(82) along with Neil Broom 36(40) set the platform for lower-middle order to explode but the 21-year-old Mosaddek Hossain had other ideas. He came in and picked up 3 quick wickets and the Kiwis couldn’t finish the way they would have wanted.
The Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was disciplined with his bowling although he was wicket-less, only conceded 45 in 10 overs. Taskin bagged 2-wickets for 43 runs.