In the ongoing cricket world cup tournament, CWC 2019, it was another close match. However, this match was the closest one. Bangladesh is one such team who showed that they are not ready to surrender. Under the Oval floodlights, the Tigers’ started to build pressure on the Kiwis. At one moment of the game, it seemed that Bangladesh nearly managed their second win against New Zealand.
Despite Kiwis winning the toss, they decided to bowl first on a fresh and new track, which indicated to be good for batting. New Zealand’s fast bowlers got into some action in the initial overs by not allowing much runs to be scored. Nonetheless, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar batted with confidence during these overs and added 45 runs for the first wicket before both openers got out in quick succession.
Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim played outstandingly and kept the scorecard ticking. Shakib continued his good form and scored some valuable runs for himself. He added a 50-run partnership with Mushfiqur and got dismissed. Shakib even got to his fifty along Mohammad Mithun.
The Kiwi bowlers came back very strongly and almost got the Tigers bowled out for just over 200 runs. However, Saifuddin helped Bangladesh to end up scoring 244 runs.
Although Martin Guptill and Colin Munro got off to an impressive start in the first three overs, it was clear that once the slow bowlers would come in, runs wouldn’t come easily. That’s what happened when Shakib was introduced and he was able to dismiss both the openers inside the powerplay to give advantage to the Tigers. While chasing 244 seemed easy, but no batsman managed to establish them on Mashrafe Mortaza’s bowling attack. A series of near-misses almost derailed the efforts of the Tigers.
Mushfiqur Rahim lost a great chance to dismiss Kane Williamson and it proved costly to them. The Kiwi skipper kept the scorecard ticking with a beautiful partnership with Ross Taylor and it was their partnership that helped Kiwis to win.
Well, both teams had stuck to their line-ups that had brought victory in their opening matches. However, the Kiwis won the match.