Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Champions Trophy 2017: Bangladesh knocks New Zealand out of tournament

Champions Trophy 2017: Bangladesh knocks New Zealand out of tournament

On Friday, Bangladesh rode on a record 224-run partnership between centurions Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, to keep themselves alive for a berth in the semi-finals of the eight-nation tournament, which Bashar termed as "truly special". Mahmudullah hit a 107-ball undefeated 102, with eight fours and two sixes. He then released the shackles with an aggressive approach and by the time Trent Boult dismissed him for 114 the contest was over.

Bangladesh collapsed to 33-4 chasing a modest 265 for victory after Tim Southee removed their top three batsmen.

Mushfiqur Rahim hung around to make 14 before being bowled by Adam Milne as Bangladesh slipped to 33-4.

The victor will progress to the semi-finals if England, who have already qualified from Group A, beat Australia in the section's final match at Edgbaston on Saturday.

And if both the last two Group A matches are washed out, Australia would still go through as they would then have three points to Bangladesh and New Zealand's two apiece.

Bangladesh will be praying that England beat Australia at Edgbaston tomorrow (or indeed for Australia to be part of a third consecutive rained-out affair) and then they will play the victor of Sunday's South Africa vs India game, in a knockout match for a spot in the final.

Ross Taylor top-scored with 63 and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made 57.

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Here, he withstood the tricky new ball conditions, dealing with Taskin's pace well, and looked composed as he registered his 31st one-day half-century and put on 99 runs with Taylor. They had lost to England by 87 runs.

However, this brought Al Hasan and Mahmudullah to the crease and they sparked a comeback.

New Zealand's Corey Anderson (C) loses his wicket for leg-before-wicket. Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi got them off to a quick start, before Williamson and Taylor took over.

Whereas New Zealand's journey in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has ended now. Now compelled to use little more than his right arm, he was very tidy against New Zealand, but inspired when it came to devising how to constrain them in those final 10 overs. One of the title contenders of this year's edition, New Zealand are surprisingly languishing at the bottom of the table behind Bangladesh.

Bashar also hailed Shakib and Mahmudullah on their brilliant centuries which helped the side chase 265 against the Kiwis with 16 balls to spare.

As was the case against England, Williamson's dismissal sucked momentum from New Zealand and after Taylor fell, Mashrafe Mortaza played his joker card - the returning Mosaddek Hossain (3-13).

New Zealand have won the toss and will bat first in a crucial clash in Cardiff that could yet secure the victor a Champions Trophy semi-final spot. We didn't talk about the target, we just wanted to bat for 40 overs and see where we got to. But it was up to me and Mahmudullah today (Friday) to take us home and we were lucky that we could contribute.

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