ICC World Twenty20: New Zealand thrash Bangladesh by 75 runs to top Group 2

first_imgNew Zealand kept its unbeaten record intact at the World Twenty20 when it thumped Bangladesh by 75 runs in their last Group 2 match on a tricky wicket on Saturday.Bangladesh was dismissed for 70 in 15.4 overs after fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman had grabbed 5-22 but still couldn’t stop New Zealand from scoring a competitive 145-8. (Scorecard) New Zealand’s fourth successive victory was halted for 11 minutes when one of the light towers at Eden Gardens went off in the 11th over with Bangladesh at 45-6 before medium fast Grant Elliott (3-12) and legspinner Ish Sodhi (3-21) finished off the match quickly.New Zealand topped the group with eight points from four victories after earlier beating hosts India, Australia and Pakistan. The Kiwis will now travel to New Delhi for the March 30 semifinal against the runners-up in Group 1. Bangladesh lost all its group matches that included a last-ball, 1-run loss against India.No. 8 batsman Shuvagata Hom (16 not out) top scored for Bangladesh, with Sabbir Rahman (12) and Mohammad Mithun (11) the other Bangladesh batsmen to reach double figures as New Zealand spinners and Elliott foxed them on a turning wicket.”It was pretty tough, it spun and kept low, batting in the first six (overs) was nice but it got a lot tougher,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who top-scored with 42 off 32 balls.”It’s very tough, going into each game (and) it’s important to read the wicket and opposition as best you can and pick the best team accordingly.”Earlier, left-arm fast bowler Rahman clean bowled four New Zealand batsmen with his deceptive pace that included the wickets of Williamson and left-handed Henry Nicholls, who was out for 7 in his debut Twenty20 international.advertisementNew Zealand’s top order struggled to pace the innings on a very slow surface but Colin Munro (35 off 33 balls) and Ross Taylor (28 off 24) added 42 runs for the third wicket stand.Both batsmen got reprieves when Munro on 8 escaped with an lbw decision off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan as the TV replays showed the ball was pitched in line and could have hit the middle stump.Taylor was on 9 when he was dropped by Al-Amin Hossain at deep square leg in the 16th over before Rahman bowled an eventful last over of the innings.The left-armer had Mitchell Santner and Nathan McCullum clean-bowled off successive deliveries before Mitchell McClenaghan dispatched the hat-trick ball for a six over long on.”It was very tough but we can take some positives, like Mustafizur’s five-for today,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Murtaza said. “He is very difficult to gauge and our batters also struggle in the nets, hopefully he will go on for at least 10 more years.”last_img

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