New Zealand Ends Group Stage Unbeaten

Martin Guptill starred in the three wicket victory for New Zealand over Bangladesh in their Pool A match in the 2015 ICC Cricket World in Hamilton on Friday to remain unbeaten in the group stage.  After being put into bat by Brendon McCullum the Tigers recorded a total of 288/7 at the end of their 50 overs.  They did find themselves in a bit of trouble at the beginning of their innings when they found themselves 4/1 when they lost Imrul Kayes (2) who was castled by Trent Boult (2/56).
Soumya Sarkar joined opener Tamim Iqbal to attempt to steady their ship.  The two batsmen were able to add a further 19 runs before they lost Iqbal who edged one to Corey Anderson at second slip to leave them on 27/2.  Mahmudullah came in at number five and got off the mark immediately.
Sarkar went on to bring up his maiden ODI half century off 55 balls scoring seven fours.  He put on a helpful stand with his teammate of 90 runs to get them to a total of 115/2 before he misjudged a ball from Daniel Vettori (1/42) and got a bottom edge to Anderson (2/43).  The skipper for the day Shakib Al Hasan joined the established Mahmudullah who brought up his half century off 63 balls, and built another decent stand of 34 runs.
The two established batsmen took the batting powerplay in the 34th over but despite scoring 13 runs off the first over they also lost their stand-in skipper for 23 to leave them on 151/4.  Mahmudullah (128 not out) continued to watch as his partners fell victim to the Black Caps bowling attack however he went on to make a helpful contribution by scoring his second ODI century to back up his first in the previous match against England off 111 balls scoring eight fours and two sixes.  The subcontinent side lost Mushfiqur Rahim (15), Sabbir Rahman (40) and Nassir Hossain (11) to finish their 50 overs with three wickets in hand.
In reply the co-hosts got off to a good start with their skipper and Guptill at the crease scoring 27 runs before they lost McCullum for 8 and he was closely followed Kane Williamson for 1 in the same over to leave them on 33/2.  Guptill was joined by Ross Taylor and together they steadied the innings and put on a 131-run partnership.  Guptill brought up his maiden World Cup ton off 88 balls scoring eleven fours and two sixes however his luck ran out when he mistimed a ball from Bangladeshi skipper Al Hasan straight to the long-on fielder and walked back to the change room for 105 with his side on 164/3.
Taylor brought up his half century and began to rebuild a useful partnership of 46 runs with Grant Elliott before the latter departed for 39.  The Kiwis found themselves on 210/4 requiring a further 79 runs to win.  The New Zealanders reached 219/4 with Corey Anderson and the established Taylor at the crease however Taylor (56) was trapped LBW by Hossain (2/32) leaving his side five wickets down with 70 runs required off 52 balls to win.
Luke Ronchi was the next man in but he only managed to contribute five runs before he fell to Al Hasan (4/55) with the score on 248/6.   Daniel Vettori (16 not out) and Anderson (39) looked to be handling the final overs of the run chase until the latter lost his concentration and was clean bowled by Hossain with the score on 269/7.  However the hometown bowlers did the job as Tim Southee (12 not out) hit a six and a four to get them home with an over to spare.
The Black Caps went on to win by three wickets to make it six from six in the group stages.  Guptill was awarded the man of the match award for his performance with the bat.

One thought on “New Zealand Ends Group Stage Unbeaten

  • March 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats NZ.

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