New Zealand have won their first two Cricket World Cup matches (Picture: Getty)New Zealand moved to the top of the World Cup table after a thrilling two-wicket victory over Bangladesh at the Oval.
Bangladesh, who stunned South Africa at this venue on Sunday, were bowled out for 244, with only Shakib Al Hasan passing 30 and Kiwi bowler Matt Henry taking four wickets.
Shakib claimed two early wickets during New Zealand’s reply but a 105-run partnership between Kane Williamson (40) and Ross Taylor (82) steadied the innings.
The departure of Williamson and Taylor sparked a collapse, with New Zealand falling to 218-7 and 238-9, but the Black Caps just got over the line to maintain their unbeaten record.
Williamson’s side now sit top of the World Cup table with two wins from two games. Both Australia and West Indies can join the Black Caps on four points when they meet at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Ross Taylor was the player of the match after he scored 82 (Picture: Getty)Bangladesh
Tamim Iqbal – 1/5
A subdued start to the World Cup for Tamim, who moved into the 20s before being undone by the pace of Ferguson.
Soumya Sarkar – 2/5
Wasted a bright start to his innings by playing across the line and seeing his middle stump uprooted.
Shakib Al Hasan – 5/5
Back-to-back World Cup fifties for Shakib, who then dismissed both New Zealand openers to give his side real hope. One of the best all-rounders in the game.
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan scored his second fifty of the tournament (Picture: Getty)Mushfiqur Rahim – 1/5
Succumbed to a costly run out when Bangladesh were hoping to accelerate, and gave Williamson a huge reprieve when he removed the bails before completing a routine run out.
Mohammad Mithun – 2/5
Another Bangladeshi who failed to kick on after a promising start.
Mahmudullah – 1/5
Providing the impetus for Bangladesh in their win over South Africa but his 20 off 41 today killed any momentum the Tigers hoped to create.
Mosaddek Hossain – 3/5
Did not come on to bowl until late in the New Zealand innings but impressed, dismissing the set Taylor, albeit fortunately, and Jimmy Neesham.
Mohammad Saifuddin – 4/5
Was the only bright spark in the latter stages of Bangladesh’s innings, scoring a quick-fire 29. Also pitched in with four economical overs and two wickets. A good performance.
Bangladesh struggled with the bat (Picture: Getty)Mehedi Hasan – 4/5
Claimed two wickets in one over – dismissing Williamson and then Tom Latham – as Bangladesh sensed an opening. Figures of 2-47 from ten overs read well.
Mashrafe Mortaza – 1/5
A difficult day for the skipper, who conceded 32 runs from his five overs and was hit out of the attack by Guptill.
Mustafizur Rahman – 1/5
Was also left frustrated by the Kiwi batsmen, who appeared to relish the extra ball on offer and looked more vulnerable against Bangladesh’s slow bowlers.
Martin Guptill – 3/5
Got his team off to a flier and looked in excellent touch before perishing to the first ball of Shakib’s spell. Was excellent as always in the field.
Colin Munro – 2/5
Also made a start before picking out mid-wicket to hand Shakib his second wicket of the innings.
Kane Williamson – 3/5
Made 40, but it took him 72 balls to get there. Not his most fluent or impressive knock by any means but still captained his team to another victory.
Bangladesh were sloppy in the field (Picture: Getty)Ross Taylor – 5/5
Batted beautifully and looked on course for a century before feathering a leg-side delivery to the wicketkeeper. The difference between the sides and player of the match.
Tom Latham – 1/5
Kept well but played a poor shot to go for a duck, unnecessarily giving Bangladesh hope.
Jimmy Neesham – 2/5
Removed from the attack after two expensive overs but produced an important innings with the bat, seeing his side through a difficult period before playing a terrible shot.
Colin de Grandhomme – 3/5
Also kept his nerve after the Taylor and Latham dismissals and claimed the prize scalp of Shakib in his bright eight-over spell.
New Zealand bowled and fielded excellently (Picture: Getty)Mitchell Santner – 4/5
Put New Zealand on top with a ten-over spell that cost only 41 runs. Took one wicket and could have had more.
Matt Henry – 4/5
Slightly expensive but bowled well at the death and finished as the most prolific bowler on show with four wickets.
Lockie Ferguson – 3/5
Produced a fierce spell of pace bowling in the middle overs and was unfortunate not to add to his dismissal of Tamim.
Trent Boult – 4/5
Like his opening partner Henry, Boult failed to make an early breakthrough but came back well with two late wickets as the Kiwis restricted Bangladesh superbly.