Shakib stars as Bangladesh stun New Zealand to keep semifinals hopes alive

With the loss, New Zealand also became the first team to be knocked out from the tournament. The Prime Minister phoned both centurions wishing them to continue for more wins the global cricket.

Though Shakib got out at 114 (115) towards the end of the match, Mahmudullah remained unbeaten at 102 (107) to help his team to reach the target with three overs to spare. When left-arm paceman Trent Boult bowled him to end a 115-ball innings also featuring 11 fours, Bangladesh were nearly home at 257 for five.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson: "It was certainly an innings of two halves". Taskin is a wicket-taking bowler, and as New Zealand was to find out later in the day, a wicket-taker is always of greater value than a line-and-length bowler.

Bangladesh's previous best stand was Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim's 178 for the third wicket against Pakistan in 2015. They are the only side to have taken three wickets in the opening ten overs of the tournament, and managed the feat twice - against Australia and at Cardiff, as Southee located delicious late swing after the sun come out. Their most recent meeting saw Bangladesh beat New Zealand by five wickets in a warm-up match in Dublin.New Zealand, however, were without several key players in Martin Guptill, Williamson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Adam Milne.

Cricket website ispncrickinfo says all seemed lost at this point. This win was only made possible by two star players Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, with both scoring a wonderful ton each. The duo complied runs mostly through singles and doubles with occasional fours. Mahmudullah brought out some audacious shots, blasting Neesham over midwicket for a big six and following up with a dinky pull next ball.

On in the 42nd over, he took 3-13 and crippled momentum by dismissing Neil Broom (36 off 40) and Corey Anderson (0) in three deliveries. The partnership will go down in Bangladesh cricket folklore, but there was little chest-thumping emotion from the pair in the middle. Soon the target was down to double digits, reported the website.

Shakib had a quiet tournament until Friday but against New Zealand, when he needed to stand up for the team, he did. In the end, Al Hasan & Mahmudullah made New Zealand look ragged in the field which showed how well they controlled their innings. The scenes of the batsmen celebrating and their team-mates screaming in sheer delight from the balcony were a flashback to 2005 when they slayed Ricky Ponting's men. Mosaddek's three wickets was crucial.

Both Bangladesh and New Zealand are in the last-chance saloon in Cardiff on Friday, with the loser definitely heading home.

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.

"It would be nice if England won, but we can't just ask that Australia will lose that game", Mashrafe said.

Bangladesh opted for an extra bowler in paceman Taskin Ahmed and included Mosaddek Hossain.

"We didn't talk too much", a joyous Mahmudullah told icc-cricket.com. "They've done it a lot of other times, but it was phenomenal to get a 200 partnership".

Former skipper Ross Taylor scored 63 runs off 82 balls before becoming Taskin's second victim of the day, off the fourth ball of the 39th over.

With Taylor not moving, Williamson turned but was run out as Shakib tidied up a wayward throw from Mosaddek.

As far as Playing XI is concerned, New Zealand is interestingly going with the same squad that suffered an 87-run defeat against England in the second group clash.

  • Julie Sanders