I’m going to have a go at writing this one during the game: Kane Williamson won toss and put Bangladesh in to bat. (Photos to follow)
Sarkar and Tamim opened the batting and both looked comfortable until a Matt Henry ball demolished Sarkar’s stumps! He was out for 25, Bangladesh were 45 for 2 in the 9th over
Shakib joined Tamim, Bangladesh had found the gaps in the field against South Africa but the Black Caps seemed to be better placed. They moved to 59 for 1 after 13 overs
Tamim skied a ball giving a regulation catch to Trent Boult from the bowling of Lockie Ferguson, he departed for 24, perhaps I jinxed them! Bangladesh were 60 for 2.
Mushfiqur was next in, he looks really quite tiny against the stumps, but was very effective in Bangladesh’s first game. It seems to me that many of the best batsmen in the World are diminutive in stature.
Mushfiqur put up a high ball which may have been a catch had the fielder got round in time, he wasn’t quite close enough to the ball and it went for 4.
The Blackcaps bowlers look a very strong unit and they restricted Bangladesh to 72 for 2 after 17 overs.
3 consecutive Fours for Sarkar from the bowling of Jimmy Neesham brought up Bangladesh’s 100 in the 23rd over. It was an acceleration they needed.
But, Bangladesh went the comedy run out route in the next over, Mushfiqur was out by a mile, for just 19, completely undoing the good work in the previous over. They were 110 for 3 in the 24th over.
A strange thought came to me as I watched 4 Wides in a row from Ferguson, New Zealand must be the only team with 2 Colins! I blame De Grandhomme fielding in front of me!
Shakib reached his 50 with a Four from Santer as Bangladesh reached 137 for 3 after 28 overs. Said Colin was next to bowl, Shakib enjoyed his over, hitting several boundaries, looking to accelerate they reached 150 in the 30th over.
Colin DE G got his revenge in his next over as Shakib was caught by Tom Latham, he’d made 64 and Bangladesh were 151 for 4.
Mahmudullah was next in, joining Mithun. The pair were well restricted, prompting Mithun to attempt a big shot from the bowling of Henry, he was caught on the boundary by Colin De G for 26. Bangladesh were 179 for 5 in the 38th over.
Mahmudullah made his way to 20, slowly, facing 41 balls. His innings came to an end when he was caught by Williamson from the bowling of Santer. Bangladesh had only added 18 in just over 4 overs and were 197 for 6. Their 200 was brought up in the 43rd over.
This is a very good bowling unit, whose performance probably confirms their place as a dark horse for the top 4. Although they did waste a review for an LBW where the ball hit the bat.
Things finally livened up with Shaifuddin swinging his bat. Mosaddek tried to follow suit and was caught by Guptill for 11, from the bowling of Santer. Bangladesh were 224 for 7 after 46.2 overs.
Mehedi looked speedy at the wicket, but was caught by Latham swinging at a Santer ball for 7. With 10 balls remaining Bangladesh were 235 for 8.
Captain Mashrafe was caught out on the boundary by Santer from the bowling of Henry for 1. 244 for 9 with 5 balls remaining
And as I was typing Shaifuddin was clean bowled by Matt Henry! Bangladesh set New Zealand a total of 245 to win
New Zealand started their innings in a hurry! Martin Guptill hitting 25 from 14 balls before he was caught by Tamim from the bowling of Shakib.
The other Colin, Munro responded with a huge 6! His captain survived an LBW appeal with the ball seen to be missing the stumps. After 6 overs New Zealand were 43 for 1.
Colin Monro fell to a wonder catch from Mehidy from the bowling of Shakib, the ball was hit low and hard, it was a great effort! New Zealand were 55 for 2 after 10 overs.
Kane Williamson survived a run out appeal, Mushfiqur took the bails off before receiving the ball, he’d have been miles out after a great throw from Tamim!
Monro similarly got his bat down in time after a slow take off, it seemed New Zealand were trying for their own comedy run out!
Williamson and Monro put on 105 for the 3rd wicket. Williamson as you’d expect played some beautiful shots, but fell foul of a ball from Mehidy and was caught on the boundary by Mosaddek for 40. New Zealand were 162 for 3 in the 32nd over.
Tom Latham lived dangerously for a few balls before attempting the big hit, he was caught on the opposite boundary by Shaifuddin for a Duck! Mehidy’s bowling keeping Bangladesh in the game. 162 for 4 after 2 quick wickets
Bangladesh needed a wicket with New Zealand on 191 for 4, that wicket was the big one when it came! Ross Taylor was caught by Mushfiqur from the bowling of Mossadek for 82. New Zealand needed just 55 to win from 11 overs. A No Ball from captain Mortaza on the first ball of the over, didn’t help Bangladesh’s cause, the free hit went for a Four.
Bangladesh’s fielding was superb throughout, with 45 required from 10 overs the game could go either way.
5 from the 41st over, never had runs been so difficult to score at the Oval. The fielders looked cold as the evening wore on, but they were still sharp in the field
Colin DE G was tricked by a high ball, bat held high he in effect flicked the ball to Mushfiqur and was out for 15 from the bowling of Shaifuddin. 27 needed from 7.1 overs and 4 wickets needed by Bangladesh
And, woooow! One of those wickets fell, Neesham was caught by Soumya from the bowling of Saikut for 25. 27 runs, 3 wickets
Neesham had gone for the glory shot when all that was needed were singles. Matt Henry and Santer took it down to 18 needed from 5 overs
The pair looked set to win the game, but, Henry missed a full toss from Shaifuddin and was clean bowled! 7 runs needed from 21 balls, 2 wickets!
Ultimately Santer and new batsman Ferguson saw New Zealand through to the win, with 12 balls remaining. This was a brilliant game of cricket, which very nearly served up a surprise!
Bangladesh move on to Cardiff and England, next up for me is the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Bristol on Friday!