Champions Trophy: Mashrafe Mortaza promises better cricket if Bangladesh enter semis
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 10:16
England will play their semi-final on a new pitch, right in the middle of the square, but batting at Cardiff overall - other than for Shakib and Mahmudullah - has been more hard than at the other two venues as the ball does not come on. Shakib made his seventh ODI century, 114 off 115 balls, and Mahmudullah his third with 102 not out off 107.
Bangladesh collapsed to 12 for three and were facing a humiliating loss at 33 for four in the 12th over. New Zealand were not to be denied their fourth wicket as Adam Milne dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim (14) in the 12th over as the fast delivery crashed through the batsman's gate to send the middle stump cartwheeling.
Both Bangladesh and New Zealand needed a victory in the Welsh capital to have any chance of going through to the semi-finals after they each lost to England and suffered no-result washouts against Australia in their previous Group A matches.
If England manage to defeat Australia in the final game of Group A on Saturday, then Bangladesh will go through to the knockout stage along with the hosts.
Defeat ended New Zealand's hopes of reaching the last four and meant that for the first time in 25 International Cricket Council tournaments (World Cup, World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy), they had taken part without recording a single win.
However it was the 83-run stand between skipper Kane Williamson (57, 69b, 5×4) and Ross Taylor (63, 82b, 6×4) that helped the Blackcaps set a challenging total despite the wickets tumbled in a heap at the slog overs.
While Mosaddek had the best figures, Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed bowled well at both ends of the innings - the first 10 overs and the last 10. As fun as a big, close run chase can be, nothing can beat the intensity of a low-scoring match where the bowlers are constantly in the game.
Earlier, New Zealand had been well-poised at 152 for two with Kane Williamson and Taylor supplying further mid-innings stability after partnerships of 95 and 99 against England and Australia. Both the teams went into the match without even knowing whether a win will guarantee them a place in the semi-finals.
The next 50 runs came from only 46 balls and it must be said that New Zealand perhaps relaxed a little in the field, in the knowledge that a wicket would break this stand between their last two recognised batsmen sometime.
"They have players like Martin Guptill who can change the game".
Bangladesh, making their first appearance at the Champions Trophy in 11 years, saw star batsman Tamim Iqbal out for a second-ball duck as they chased a seemingly modest target of 266.
The Kiwis were 201 for 3, but Mosaddek removed Broom, James Neesham and Corey Anderson in quick succession to leave them on 240 for 7. Shakib had got to his hundred by hooking the ball over fine-leg.
Pace bowler Taskin, recalled to the side, added an extra edge to the bowling attack, but it was the way Bangladesh rallied after losing the early wickets that was the most impressive.
Live coverage of the Group B clash between New Zealand and Bangladesh continues on Sky Sports 2. We just wanted to bat 40 overs and see where we were.