New Zealand will be keeping their unbeaten form when they move on to the quarter-final of ICC World Cup 2015. In their last match they defeated Bangladesh with 3 wickets in hand and 7 balls to spare.
New Zealand was showing tremendous form against all the teams and looked to be the best team in this group. The only match they had tough times against was Australia. However, this match much too close for their own comfort. With Boult and Southee, New Zealand got a very good start taking 2 wickets early. But after that, Bangladesh bounced back with a good partnership between Sarker and Mahmudullah. With this partnership Bangladesh were looking at an healthy total. With an unbeaten and record making back to back 2nd 100 runs knock by Mahmudullah and some small but useful innings from Soumya Sarker, Sabbir Rahman and Shakib gave Bangladesh a healthy total of 288/7 in 50 overs. Boult, Anderson and Elliot took 2 wickets each.
Bangladesh got 2 early wickets just like their opponents but due to a magnificent innings from Guptill and a supportive half-century from Taylor gave the New Zealand team the rights to fight back equally. The progress of the match was changing by every moment. Guptill got his century from this match. After that Corey Anderson and Elliot made things too easy for the co-hosts and brought the win close to their reach. But, some magnificent bowling and some quick wickets allowed Bangladesh to keep themselves in the fight. At one point New Zealand needed 11 runs from 12 balls and with Daniel Vettori, Southee got that run within 5 balls and assured the victory for New Zealand. However, the match was close and any team could have won the match. Shakib got 4 wickets in this match.
in this match Bangladesh showed that their going to quarter final was not a fluke and New Zealand showed that in home condition they are not easy to beat.
Match Information –
Winner – New Zealnad
Loss – Bangladesh
Won by – 3 wickets and 7 balls remaining
Man of the match – Martin Guptill