In a thrilling contest, New Zealand held their nerves to beat Bangladesh by two wickets after a thrilling end to their day-night match at the Oval, London. Bangladesh put on a competitive fight but New Zealand went on to finish the job in style. The win has placed New Zealand at the top of the table. (Match Highlights)
Set 245 to win, New Zealand was cruising at 218/5 in the 43rd over, but the loss in consecutive overs of allrounders Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham left tailenders Mitchell Santner and Matt Henry at the crease, both on 0. (Match Scorecard)
With the pro-Bangladeshi crowd whipped up by their team suddenly back in contention, any hint of dismissal was wildly cheered.
Santner and Henry got off the mark with singles and combined for 20 runs in less than three overs. Then Henry was bowled for 6 with New Zealand needing seven to win and two wickets left.
Santner and Lockie Ferguson held their nerve, and the end came in a rush thanks to two wides, a Ferguson tickle to the third man boundary, and a Santner boundary through the covers to complete the victory with 17 balls to spare.
Bangladeshis packed the Oval in hope of a double celebration beside Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan, but they had little to cheer in the first half of the match.
Earlier, Bangladesh was bowled out for 244 inside 50 overs, put in on a fresh pitch which was slower than expected. The top five batsmen all made starts but invariably got themselves out under pressure to escape New Zealand's grip.
Shakib Al Hasan, the third Bangladeshi to play 200 ODIs, top scored with 64. He was the only batsman to make more than 30.
The New Zealand battery, backed up by smart fielding, was disciplined and Henry led with 4/47.
Bangladesh was all out for 244 after New Zealand won the toss and put the squeeze on at the Oval in their day-night match.
The top five batsmen all made starts but invariably got themselves out under pressure to escape New Zealand's grip.
Shakib Al Hasan, the third Bangladeshi to play 200 ODIs, top scored with 64. He was the only batsman to score more than 30.
The New Zealand battery, backed up by smart fielding, took advantage of a fresh pitch, overcast skies, and disciplined bowling to set a gettable target.
Matt Henry returned 4-47 and Trent Boult snared a pair of wickets, while Lockie Ferguson, Colin de Grandhomme, and Mitchell Santner took one each.
Santner, the slow left-armer, was unhittable through the middle overs, not conceding a boundary until his ninth over, and the only six of the match in his 10th. But his performance will also have heartened the Bangladesh spinners.
New Zealand has a 4-0 win record against Bangladesh at the World Cup, batting second each time.