Ton-up Shakib and Mahmudullah stun New Zealand

Ton-up Shakib and Mahmudullah stun New Zealand

Ton-up Shakib and Mahmudullah stun New Zealand

Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah both made superb centuries as Bangladesh completed a stunning five-wicket win over New Zealand that kept alive their hopes of reaching the Champions Trophy semifinals.

But left-hander Shakib (114) and Mahmudullah (102) turned the tide with a stand of 224 - Bangladesh's highest one-day global partnership for any wicket, with this result ending New Zealand's bid to reach the last four. It was the third highest for the fifth wicket in all ODIs.

Despite the win, Bangladesh, who now have three points from three matches, are still uncertain of a semi-final berth and they will have to wait the outcome of the Group A match between England and Australia in Birmingham on Saturday.

Just as Mahmudullah was on the verge of scoring his century, Shakib was clean bowled by Trent Boult for 114 off 115 balls, which included 11 boundaries and a six. In the end he remained not out on 102 off 107.

And if there has been a captain of the tournament so far, it has to be, not Williamson, nor Eoin Morgan, although he can assume the title if he engineers an England victory over Australia, nor Sarfraz Ahmed though he has pumped life back into Pakistan, nor even the most illustrious Virat Kohli, but Bangladesh's Mashrafe Mortaza.

New Zealand wouldn't have imagined it would come down to this when they struck four early blows.

Mushfiqur was soon castled by Adam Milne for 14 and the noisy Bangladesh support had fallen silent.

But the most reliable method to live stream the match in the United States is to use the week-long free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow TV and the Bangladesh vs.

Defeating New Zealand would not be such a shock, but it would be a huge boost to the current Bangladesh's side standing in world cricket.

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Shakib had a quiet tournament until Friday but against New Zealand, when he needed to stand up for the team, he did.

Mashrafe Mortaza, captain of Bangladesh, said it was "very difficult" to see the team's way out of 33-4. It was to be the introduction of third bowler Taskin Ahmed that turned the tide as his consistent line and length caused problems for the New Zealand batsmen as they failed to get bat to ball on numerous occasions.

Here is how former cricketers reacted to Bangladesh win over New Zealand on Twitter. Mosaddek's off-spin was introduced only in the 42nd over, but his changes of pace and clever bowling meant all of Neil Broom, Neesham and Corey Anderson fell to him.

Primary to New Zealand's woes in the tournament has been the indifferent form of its openers, that has put added responsibility on the shoulders of Kane Williamson.

There is a more limited supply of talent in New Zealand than numerous other major nations, but that has always been the case. Earlier, New Zealand was in good shape with Williamson and Ross Taylor. The first wicket partnership was then worth 46 runs.

"We know Tamim cannot get a score every time, but we have got some excellent players who can win games". He was one among five men to get more than 20, but none of them converted it to something seriously substantial.

New Zealand were on course to set a challenging total at 152 for two in the 30th over. Mossadek ended the innings with 3/14 off 3 overs. Even at 228 for 4 in 43 overs, it could have thought it would touch 300, but Bangladesh's bowlers maintained excellent discipline.

The Tigers have done all that was possible for them to reach the next stage of this tournament, now all they can hope for is England somehow manages to beat the Aussies and the rain gods stay away from tomorrow's encounter. In New Zealand, fans will need to sign up for a the the Sky Go NZ service at this link, to view the do-or-die match.

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