Sports Desk: New Zealand beat Bangladesh by two wickets in their second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at The Oval on Wednesday.
The Tigers disappointed with the bat and were bowled out for 244 in 49.2 overs after being asked to bat first.
In reply, the Kiwis reached the target with two wickets to spare. New Zealand became the only team (so far) to win their first two matches, and top the fledgling table.
The game seemed to be headed for a tame conclusion when the two openers of Kiwis were batting sensibly hitting regular boundaries. But, Shakib Al Hasan produced his magic and picked two wickets of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro.
However, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim’s schoolboyishly keeping put the Blacks Caps in driving seat. Later, Mehedi Hasan Miraz had a double-wicket over, claiming skipper Williamson and Jimmy Neesham.
The solid batting left the Kiwis on 218 for 7 and it seemed Bangladesh might turn on the table. But Mitchell Santner held his nerve and hit a 17 off 12 balls to bring the Kiwis’ second win.
Shakib, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mohammad Saifuddin each bagged two wickets for the Tigers.
New Zealand player Ross Taylor was given ‘Man of the match’ for his brilliant knock of 82 from 91 balls.
Bangladesh will take on hosts England in their next game in Cardiff on Saturday (June 8).
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