After a heart–breaking loss against India in Bangalore, Bangladesh came forward as a team and restricted the table topper New Zealand for 145/8. They were aided by some beautiful bowling by Mustafizur Rahman, who took 5/22 which is a record bowling figure by any bowler in World T20. But their batting fell apart and ended with a lowly total of 70 which is also their lowest score in T20s. Bangladesh have crashed out of the tournament after losing all their group matches.
New Zealand won by 75 runs and remained the Group 2 table-topper. They only posted 145, nowhere close to humongous scores of 190-200 and eventually won by that margin.
Match Facts: New Zealand (T): 145-8 (20) beat Bangladesh: 70 all out (15.4) by 75 runs.
Here’s some talking points of the game:
The youngster stunned the team who has won all the games so far by his bowling. Mustafizur plucked the stumps of 4 of his victims by his hot and cold pace bowling.
His bowling figure of 5/22 is a record in World T20s. The slow track at Eden Gardens in Kolkata served as a piece of cake for the youngster as he dismissed the Kiwis captain, Williamson who was looking good. His left cutter did made him some fans and his clever change of pace had no solution for the Kiwis.
It’s true they can’t handle the pressure when its most needed. Right at the start when Tamim departed, their team was nothing short of a bubble burst.
They scored just 31 runs off the seven overs, planning too many dot balls. They showed no intensity as if they have already lost. They didn’t completely understand the track and hence lost the contest.
Grant Elliot bowled 4 overs and conceded just 12 runs and took 3 wickets, ie an economy of just 3 per over. While on the other hand, turner Ish Sodhi again proved his worth in the team. He showed 3 Bangladeshis their way to the pavilion and finished the game in style.
Nathan McCullum, Mitchell Santner and Mitchell McClenaghan opened the plethora of wickets while bagging each one wicket. They stunted the Bangladeshis with their bowling and never gave them any chance to come back in the game.
The Bangladesh chase never really got going and they kept losing wickets on a slow pitch.
That’s what makes him a healthy captain. When Mustafizur was bowling his leg cutters so furiously, Kane Williamson kept his cool and managed to maintain the run rate. He scored 42 crucial runs off 32 balls with 5 fours and a six, albeit taking a blow off Nichole’s drive. He was also assisted by Colin Munro and Ross Taylor who guided the team to a respectable total.
He won the man of the match award and ended the group stage matches with his team as table toppers.
Williamson and won all the four tosses and elected to bat first. They have been wonderful as a team and will be great to see them in the semis in Delhi and hope they are well prepared (if they do) for a chase in the knockouts.