Shakib, Mahmudullah stun New Zealand in Cardiff classic

Shakib, Mahmudullah, Bangladesh

A record-tumbling union between Mahmudullah and Shakib-ul-Hasan helped Bangladesh pull off the third upset in as many days to knock out New Zealand from the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in Cardiff on Friday (June 9).

The stand came after Bangladesh’s top order was blown away by Tim Southee, leaving them 33-4 at one stage in pursuit New Zealand’s 265, and lasted a record 224 runs to script a memorable comeback by The Tigers, very much reminiscent of Bangladesh’s epic victory against Australia at the same venue in 2005. It also marked the highest stand for any wicket in ODI cricket for Bangladesh, with both batsmen cruising to three figure scores to register a stunning turnaround.

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Southee wreaked havoc with a swinging new ball earlier in the run-chase, first removing star opener Tamim Iqbal and later adding Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar to break Bangladesh’s neck. Mushfiqure Rahim was accounted by Adam Milne.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand put up 267 in their allotted 50-overs after opting to bat first, mainly due to skipper Kane Williamson’s elegant 57 and Ross Taylor, who scored a solid 63. But none of them were able to carry their innings to the latter overs as a yet another unwanted collapse saw last five of the Black Caps’ wickets fell for just 57 runs.

Mosaddek Hossain was the destroyer-in-chief with figures of 3-13.

Bangladesh will now need England to beat Australia on Saturday (June 10) or the match to be washed out to advance to the semi-finals.

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Match Summary:

Bangladesh 268 for 5 (Shakib 114, Mahmudullah 102*, Southee 3-45) beat New Zealand 265 for 8 (Taylor 63, Williamson 57, Mosaddek 3-13) by five wickets

Captains’ Comments:

“It is a great feeling. Both times I have been here. I still remember 2005 against Australia and now against New Zealand. Overall, we are very much satisfied. First match we were not up to the mark with the ball. Today, the bowlers hit the right areas. Mosaddek’s three wickets was crucial. Neesham and Corey got out to him in New Zealand. Once the left-hander came, I went to the offspinner. The way Shakib and Mahmudullah batted was out of the world for me. We had the confidence once we beat New Zealand in Ireland. We are feeling great right now.” Kane Williamson, captain New Zealand, said.

“To be fair, we thought that was a scrappy total to get. The boys were outstanding with the new ball, but saying that it was a long way away from a perfect performance. The partnership under Shakib and Mahmudullah under pressure was outstanding. 285-290 would have been a par total. Bangladesh now have a chance to make the semi-final.” Mashrafe Mortaza, captain Bangladesh, said.

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