ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Oval, London
Date & Time: 05 June 2019
RR: 5.25 | New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 2 wickets
That ends the action from Wednesday's double-header! In case you missed out, India defeated South Africa in Southampton earlier in the day, opening their account in the World Cup. The caravan now moves to Trent Bridge, Nottingham where West Indies take on Australia. Rest assured, it is not going to be those expected one-sided contests. It is a fiery one for sure! Do join us at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT) for all the action from game 10 on Thursday, June 6, 2019. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says that it is nice to get across the line. Praises his bowlers and fielders for doing well in the first innings. Admits that with the bat, there were a few soft dismissals but also relishes that this issue and challenge which came up. On the surface, Williamson says that it was one which had plenty for the fast bowlers but as the game got deeper, spin came into play. On Tim Southee's fitness, Kane says that he is fit but the ones performing in the park have been doing well too.
Bangladesh captain, Mashrafe Mortaza, admits that it was a good wicket and Bangladesh were 20-30 runs short. Feels the outfield was pretty quick and that hurt Bangladesh in the end. Agrees that when Williamson and Taylor were going great guns, he had a defensive field but then realized that wickets were important. Hopes to do better in the coming games.
For his brilliant knock of 82, ROSS TAYLOR has been adjudged the MAN OF THE MATCH. Taylor says it was a very nervous game and credits the Bangladesh fans as they made it feel as if they were in Dhaka and made New Zealand feel under pressure. Credits his bowlers for the way they bowled as they thought 270-280 would have been a good score to chase on this wicket. On the missed run out chance of Kane Williamson, he smiles and says they had some issues in the warm up game as well but it is alright and he hopes to improve it in the match against Afghanistan.
Fielding plays such a critical part in a limited overs' game, isn't it? Normally one does not get too many chances. Here, Mushfiqur Rahim got 2 chances in one over, of Williamson and Taylor but he fluffed both. Imagine New Zealand being 60/4. Bangladesh would have been on top of the table right now. The bowling was decent in patches with the bowlers coming up with the goods at the death. That Williamson wicket seemed to spur everyone on. Mehedi, Shakib, Saifuddin and Mosaddek took 2 wickets apiece. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
With 85 needed from 19 overs and 8 wickets in hand, the Black Caps were in the driver's seat. But Williamson's wicket led to a collapse and the Kiwis choked. From 160/2, they slipped to 218/7 and it seemed like Bangladesh would gain an unlikely win. But calm and composed Mitchell Santner ensured that there was no hara-kiri.
Guptill and Munro started like there is no tomorrow, trying their level best to end this game in 20 overs. But then both were dismissed and actually, both Williamson and Taylor should have been dismissed too. But Rahim's folly let Williamson and Taylor off the hook and the duo ended up adding 105 for the third wicket.
How does one approach a semi-difficult target? What is that, in the first place? Any target which is the range of 240-270. Because then you don't know whether to play cautiously and end up getting in a mire or go flat out and end up taking the risk of throwing the match away. New Zealand were caught in that conundrum in this game.
A nervy win in the end. New Zealand should have romped home but they have taken the longer route. However, they will take these 2 points and be happy with their table position.
Lockie Ferguson is the new man in. 7 needed off 21 balls. Bangladesh need two wickets.
Bowling change. Mustafizur Rahman it is.
Matt Henry comes in at number 9, replacing Neesham.
Mosaddek Hossain back into the attack.
Mitchell Santner walks out to bat next.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back into the attack.
Mustafizur Rahman back on.
Shakib Al Hasan is back.
Powerplay 3 time. Now maximum of 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the game.
FREE HIT coming up.
Mashrafe Mortaza is back into the attack now.
Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in. 54 needed off 69 balls.
Is that a run out now? Neesham could be in trouble here. Bangladesh are celebrating. A direct hit might have just caught Neesham short. Or may not. Seems like the bat is over the line.
Jimmy Neesham is the new man in while Mosaddek Hossain is the bowling change.
DRINKS BREAK. Is the game changing? You never know these days. New Zealand were coasting before Mehedi came, they still are coasting but if Taylor gets out now, we could have a game on our hands. Just 83 needed from 18 overs but is it JUST 83 or plenty in 83, we shall come to know soon.
The new man in is Tom Latham.
Mehedi Hasan is back on.
Shakib Al Hasan is back!
Mosaddek Hossain is into the attack now.
Mustafizur Rahman is back! He has bowled just a single over so far.
Drinks Break! New Zealand rebuilding here but Bangladesh will feel they should have at least one if not both the batsmen back in the hut. They have missed a run out chance as well as a stumping chance. Shakib has bowled really well here and Mortaza will be looking to get one more here and put New Zealand on the back foot. At this stage the game is evenly poised.
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Another run out chance! Do Bangladesh have one in the bag this time? Is Taylor short? He was stretching out. Looks to me like his bat is grounded.
Run out! Run out! Run out! Williamson is gone by a mile! Or is he? Bangladesh are not celebrating. Oh dear... has Rahim taken the bails off even before collecting the throw? Pre-mature... what a life for Williamson.
Ross Taylor walks out at number 4. Also, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is back into the attack.
Powerplay 2 time! Now maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
A short leg comes in place. Aggression from Mashrafe. Mosaddek is under the lid.
Change of ends for Mehedi. 2-0-13-0 so far.
Rahim has screamed his lungs out there. Does he believe he has Williamson trapped LBW? Mashrafe Mortaza seems to be convinced and has taken the review. Seems to be going down the leg side to the naked eye. And yes. Hawk Eye shows it to be missing leg. Review gone for Bangladesh.
Kane Williamson comes in at number 3, replacing Guptill.
Shakib Al Hasan is into the attack now. 4 bowlers already used by Bangladesh here. They desperately need a wicket.
Change of bowling. Mustafizur Rahman into the attack. Is that a change of ends for either of Mortaza and Mehedi or the end of the spin experiment from the next over?
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Interesting. Spin to bowl with the second new ball. Mehedi Hasan it will be.
Now, the umpires come out to the middle and are followed by the players from both sides. Mashrafe Mortaza, with knees heavily strapped, gets ready to bowl the first over. Guptill on strike. Here we go.
We are back with the run chase. 245 needed for New Zealand to go on top of the table. On paper, it looks easy. Not quite sure it will be that easy. Guptill and Munro are waiting at the boundary lines and the Bangladesh players too get into a huddle outside the boundary. No one has stepped in yet.