ICC Champions Trophy: Turning points in Bangladesh's win over New Zealand

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Big moment: Shakib Al Hasan runs out Kane Williamson [Getty Images]

A 224-run partnership, a record for Bangladesh in ODIs, between Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah (with both scoring centuries) helped the Tigers keep their semi-final hopes alive as they defeated New Zealand by five wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy.

Here, we look at three important moments from the match.

TAMIM’S SECOND-BALL DUCK

After their bowlers had done a good job of restricting the Kiwis to 265, Bangladesh were banking on a good start by Tamim Iqbal, their leading run-getter in the tournament. The left-hander walked upto the crease on the back of having notched 95 and 128 in his previous matches against Australia and England respectively.

There was a bigger challenge though, as unlike the earlier two games where he revelled on placid pitches, this was a surface that was assisting the pacers.

Tim Southee made it count with a brilliant delivery that swung in slightly after pitching but Tamim played the wrong line and was trapped leg-before-wicket on just the second ball of the innings. The batsman immediately reviewed the decision but there was no respite.

Bangladesh not only lost their best batsman but also their only review option.

In the end though, a brilliant partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah showed that Bangladesh’s batting has more to it than just Tamim.

WILLIAMSON’S HARAKIRI

The Kiwis appeared to be cruising merrily at 134 for two in the 25th over. But soon Bangladesh regained their footing by restricting the flow of runs as New Zealand could only score 18 in the next five overs.

It meant that the batsmen were desperate for quick runs and it was evident when Williamson dashed for a non-existent run after Ross Taylor turned Shakib Al Hasan to Mosaddek Hossain at short fine-leg.

Mosaddek’s flat throw was wide, but Shakib made a superb collection and turned around to whip the bails off with Williamson more than a yard away from regaining the crease at the non-striker’s end.

The Blackcaps’ innings lost momentum and they struggled to up the ante thereafter.

RUBEL’S GEM

Martin Guptill provided a flying start to the Kiwi innings, racing to 30 off 25 balls and looked good for a big knock when Rubel Hossain was introduced into the attack. He began with a pacy over, conceding just one run, but it was in the second where he struck gold by dismissing Guptill.

It was a quicker delivery that came in and trapped Guptill leg-before-wicket. It was a big wicket because it was the best start the Kiwi opener had got in the tournament and with Williamson settling in nicely at the other end the duo could have wreaked havoc on the Bangladesh bowling. But Rubel spoiled their plans by claiming Guptill with the fourth ball he bowled to the batsman.

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What we learned from Bangladesh's win over New Zealand

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Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah during their magnificent partnership [Getty Images]

The 2017 Champions Trophy continues to thrill as Bangladesh have given themselves a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals after they defeated New Zealand on Friday.

Here’s what we learned from the match.

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BANGLADESH’S HOPES NOW REST ON SATURDAY’S MATCH

Bangladesh have happy memories of the Sophia Gardens as it was here they stunned world champions Australia during a NatWest Trophy match in 2005. Then it was Mohammad Ashraful’s brilliant century that helped them overtake Australia’s 249.

Friday’s remarkable victory against New Zealand at the same venue has given them a fresh lease of life in the Champions Trophy. They are now placed second with three points in the Group A standings behind leaders England who meet Australia in their last group match on Saturday.

If Australia, who have two points from two matches, win they will progress to the semi-finals as their tally will swell to four but if the match is rained off or Australia lose then Bangladesh will go through on the basis of their win over the Kiwis.

So the win has done a lot of good for the Tigers yet the Aussies can spoil their party if the team from Down Under defeat England.

SHAKIB AND MAHMUDULLAH DISPLAY TIGERISH ZEAL

Bangladesh were provided with a lifeline when rain intervened and abandoned their encounter against Australia with Steve Smith and co. on the verge of an easy victory. It meant Mashrafe Mortaza’s side got a point from a game when they mostly would have got none.

Having not given a good account of their abilities in the two games — they lost to hosts England by eight wickets in the tournament opener — Bangladesh’s only shot at redemption was the last group match against New Zealand.

Their bowlers did well to restrict the Kiwis to 265 but their chase was going horribly wrong when they lost their top four wickets with just 33 on the board. But two of their most seasoned campaigners Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah were not going down without a fight.

Undaunted by the challenge at hand, they went about their task in clinical fashion on a pitch that offered assistance to the bowlers. They never allowed the New Zealand bowlers to settle and matched each other shot for shot as they went on to log hundreds in a scintillating 224-run alliance, the second-highest partnership in the tournament’s history, and the best of this edition.

It was also the best counter-attack the tournament has seen, coming a day after the Sri Lankan onslaught against the Indian bowling.

SWING IT LIKE SOUTHEE

The Sophia Gardens was where England’s fast bowlers had delivered an outstanding display earlier this week to rattle New Zealand and march into the semi-finals of the tournament.

The Kiwis knew what to expect from this pitch in their final game against Bangladesh so when Kane Williamson won the toss he had no hesitation to bat first because he knew the surface assists the pacers more in the second half.

Tim Southee, who had a relatively quiet tournament, rose to the occasion with a superb exhibition of swing bowling to scythe through the Bangladesh top-order, claiming the first three wickets.

The New Zealand fast bowling spearhead got late movement from the pitch and worked up a good pace to leave the Bangladesh batting in tatters with his bowling figures after three overs reading an impressive 3-1-10-3.

Tim Southee's fabulous opening spell went in vain [Getty Images]

Tim Southee’s fabulous opening spell went in vain [Getty Images]

BRAVE MOVE TO INTRODUCE MOSADDEK IN THE DEATH OVERS

The New Zealand innings was a story of two halves. They were going strong at the halfway stage at 134-2 but that’s when the Bangladesh bowling spearheaded by left-arm spinner Shakib checked the flow of runs.

It unsettled the Kiwis leading to the fall of wickets. But the most daring move came from Bangladesh skipper Mortaza in the 42nd over when he resorted to the off-spin of Mosaddek Hossain.

The 21-year-old, who was the sixth bowler used by Mortaza, had the rival batsmen in a spin with his quick-ish deliveries by claiming three wickets, two in one over, to emerge as the best bowler logging bowling figures of 3-0-13-3.

Captains often try to finish off the overs of their spinners before the final Powerplay, but on Friday, Mortaza took a bold gamble that paid off well as the Kiwis could add just 62 runs in the last 10 overs losing four wickets.

NEW ZEALAND LOWER-ORDER FAILS TO DELIVER

That Williamson is New Zealand’s top batsman is like saying the sun rises from the east. His scores of 100, 87 and 57 in the tournament highlight it further. But what will be a big concern for the Kiwi captain and the team management is the chaos that sets in once he is dismissed.

In all the three games of the Champions Trophy, New Zealand looked very good when Williamson was at the crease but once he got dismissed the lower-order failed to capitalise on the momentum provided by their skipper.

Against Australia, the last seven wickets fell for just 47 runs and in the next match against England, it was the same story (seven wickets collapsing for 65 runs). In the final group match on Friday, they were marginally better with five wickets falling for 100 runs.

In fact, barring Ross Taylor who has been relatively consistent with scores of 46, 39 and 63 none of the other batsmen have fared well. Batsmen No.5 to No.8 — Neil Broom, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, and Mitchell Santner — all capable of providing a strong impetus to the innings have fared the worst, collectively adding 151 runs which is just three more than Taylor’s tally in the tournament.

In short, New Zealand banked too much on Williamson and their totals looked good only when their captain scored big.

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Shakib and Mahmudullah star as Bangladesh keep semi-final hopes alive

Bangladesh have kept their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy alive after they defeated New Zealand by five wickets at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday.

The win was made possible by a quite superb 224-run stand in just 209 deliveries, the highest-ever partnership for Bangladesh in ODI cricket, between Shakib Al Hasan (114 off 115 balls) and Mahmudullah (102* off 107 balls). What made the alliance between the two even more special was that they came together with the score reading 33-4.

Chasing 266, Bangladesh had got off to an awful start as New Zealand pacer Tim Southee reduced the Asian side to 12-3 before Adam Milne took the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim (14 off 34 balls).

It looked like Bangladesh were on the brink of exiting the tournament, but Shakib and Mahmudullah had other plans as both batsmen struck magnificent centuries.

In the end, Bangladesh got home comfortably with 16 balls remaining in their innings.

Earlier, a good bowling display from Bangladesh restricted the Kiwis to 265-8 in their 50 overs.

While Martin Guptill (33 off 35 balls) got New Zealand off to a good start, it was the 83-run partnership between Kane Williamson (57 off 69 balls) and Ross Taylor (63 off 82 balls) that looked to have given them a good platform.

Williamson was on his way to another big score but a misunderstanding with Taylor saw him run-out in the 30th over.

Taylor and Neil Broom (36 off 40 balls) then put on a steady partnership together before Mosaddek Hossain came on to bowl and registered career-best ODI bowling figures of 3-13 to peg back the Kiwis.

While England have qualified from Group A as the first-placed team, Bangladesh now find themselves second with three points. This win doesn’t guarantee Mashrafe Mortaza’s side a semi-final spot yet though, as a win for Australia on Saturday will see the Aussies through to the final four.

On the other hand, New Zealand have been knocked out of the tournament, with just one point from their three matches.

BRIEF SCORES

New Zealand 265-8, 50 overs [Taylor 63, Williamson 57, Mosaddek 3-13] lost to Bangladesh 268-5, 47.2 overs [Shakib 114, Mahmudullah 102*, Southee 3-45] by five wickets.

Player of the Match – Shakib Al Hasan.

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