New Zealand beat Bangladesh by eight wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Skipper Kane Willaimson was back in the side after missing the first two matches of the ODI World Cup 2023. The Black Caps are in sensational form and are yet to lose a match in this year's World Cup.
The Kiwis won the toss and elected to field first. New Zealand got the best possible start of the match as Trent Boult dismissed birthday boy Litton Das on the very first ball of the innings, the worst possible start that Bangladesh could have expected. Tanzid Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz stabilised the innings for some time but the former got out and Bangladesh was 40-2.
Shakib Al Hasan's side lost wickets at regular intervals as they were reduced to 56/4 at one stage of the match. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim from there stitched a partnership of 96 runs before the former was dismissed. Mushfiq was dismissed as the highest runscorer for his side. Mahmudullah's crucial runs at the end made sure the Bangladesh score a defendable run of 245/9. Lockie Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers for the Kiwis.
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Batting first, Bangladesh opener, Litton Das went back to the pavilion without scoring. Tanzid Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz stitched a partnership of 40 runs before the former was dismissed for 16 runs. Bangladesh, at one stage, was struggling with 56-4. Skipper Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim built a partnership and from 56-4, they took the Bangla Tigers 152-5, as the skipper was dismissed after scoring 40 runs. The latter was the highest run scorer for his side as the wicketkeeper scored 66 runs. Mahmudullah's 41 runs at the end of the innings made sure that they scored 245/9.
In response, the Kiwis lost their best young batter of the tournament so far Rachin Ravindra for just 9 runs. After that, skipper Kane and Devon Conway built a partnership of 80 runs as the latter was dismissed for 45 runs. Williamson and Daryl Mitchell then stitched a 108-run partnership. The Kiwi skipper went back to the pavilion after scoring 78 runs as he was having some issues with his thumb. Mitchell was unbeaten at 89 runs off 67 balls, with Tom Latham scoring 16 off 11.