Player of the Match
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380dThe Report by Mohammad Isam

Guptill and lower order clinch thriller

New Zealand beat Bangladesh by three wickets and ended as Pool A leaders, but their bowlers were fully challenged for the first time in this World Cup

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Mahmudullah
128(123) 12x4 - 3x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 25 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
10 5 25 15 28 8 15 22
MJ Guptill
105(100) 11x4 - 2x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 25 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
6 5 8 14 31 8 18 15

Best performances - Bowlers

Shakib Al Hasan
O8.5
M1
R55
W4
Eco6.22
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
GD Elliott
O2
M0
R27
W2
Eco13.50
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Rohan Sharma

10.10 pm: Well, that is all she wrote from Hamilton. New Zealand finish the group stages undefeated and on top, while Bangladesh get through at fourth spot. The most likely scenario now would be an India-Bangladesh quarter-final, with New Zealand yet to see who their partner could be as we wrap up the group stages. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of today's match. Tune into Match Point, in case you haven't already. Otherwise, this is Rohan Sharma bidding you adieu from ESPNcricinfo. Take care, folks!

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand captain: A little bit untidy in all three facets of the game. Credit to Mahmudullah and Bangladesh for their performances. Credit to them for putting up a big score, but in the end, we have to be better than that. I thought they have been hitting the ball okay, just a shortage of opportunities really. We all know Guptill is a quality player, not only with the bat, but in the field as well. Rosco would be a bit disappointed not to get the strike rate he wanted. Vettori is a leader within the group. Vettori also played well, along with Corey who was striking it quite beautifully too. Sometimes you are not always going to be on. I thought our awareness and our attention in the field could have been improved. This was more of a subcontinental wicket than a NZ, or Australian one, but it is good to still pull through with the win. I cut my hands a couple of times (diving in the field), but we have to be desperate in the field. It is an attitude we need to bring to the table. If we are serious about going deep, we got to keep it up. It doesn't bother us who we play next. We just need to reach the levels we are capable off, just be on song, and then make sure we turn up and deliver come the quarter-final.

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh captain: I thought we played really well, especially with the way we batted. All the guys, Mahmudullah, Soumya, did well. We can take a lot of positives from this game, and we hope it put us in good favour for the quarter-finals. He is in great form (Mahmudullah), but he needs to keep going on. He is in great touch. Some of our boys are in good nick and are scoring runs regularly. Hopefully they can keep producing with both the bat and all. We just needed to get some early wickets, but then they scored more runs. It was hard for us as we were a bowler short. We didn't have five regular bowlers. We tried to keep it tight, but in the end we weren't able to.

10.00 pm: Don't go anywhere just yet, as we expect more quotes from the match presentation. Plus, there is always Match Point on the homepage!

Martin Guptill, Man of the Match: It's been a long time but I am glad I was able to pull through in the end. I felt pretty good most of the summer. There were a couple of innings where I didn't feel quite fluent. But Napier, and now here, I felt a lot better. We have a lot of belief in the team, and the way we have executed our skills has also been pretty special. Nice batting with Ross to create a little partnership. Always good batting with him. He is a quality player and I always learn from him.

9.55 pm: Bangladesh might have lost in the end, but they have done themselves no disservice here as they have laid their claim to be one of the contenders to watch out for as we transition into the business end of the tournament. There were periods during this match that they were well on top, and that too against one of the in-form teams of the World Cup.

So New Zealand beat Bangladesh in the end by three wickets, thanks largely to the 131-run stand between Ross and Guptill, which did a lot to settle the early setback after Shakib removed both Kane and Baz within a couple of balls.

New Zealand will be secretly thankful that Ross and Guptill got much-needed time in the middle, with the latter scoring the first century for a New Zealand batsman this World Cup. Taylor's innings, though, will be met with quite varied response. Shakib was the star of the show with the ball for Bangladesh, taking 4 for 55.

48.5
4
Shakib Al Hasan to Southee, FOUR runs, now chops away this one pitched on off stump to get it just past the point fielder, and away to the boundary to bring a famous victory to NZ
48.4
6
Shakib Al Hasan to Southee, SIX runs, Southee may not have done much with the ball today, but he has certainly done the job for NZ here as he lifts this one tossed up over long off, as this just sailed over for half-a-dozen
48.3
0
Shakib Al Hasan to Southee, no run, sends one in that is both wide and short, but all Southee can do is carve this straight to the cover fielder inside of the ring
48.2
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Vettori, 1 run, advances down before driving this away through long on for a single
48.1
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Southee, 1 run, eases away a single down to long on to get Vettori back on strike

Shakib back on again. Surely he can't do it once more?

END OF OVER:
48 | 15 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 278/7 (11 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.79, RRR: 5.50)

  • DL Vettori15 (9b)
  • TG Southee1 (2b)
  • Nasir Hossain5-0-32-2
  • Mahmudullah3-0-22-0

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47.6
6
Nasir Hossain to Vettori, SIX runs, backs away again as Vettori has lifted the spirits of the Hamilton faithful with this graceful, inside-out lofted stroke that just passes over the clutches of deep extra-cover in the deep. Massive relief across this ground after it sailed over, as there was a period where he looked to be holing out like the rest before
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Struggling against B'desh

19.47

Brendon McCullum's batting averages in ODIs v Bangladesh. In 18 innings he has only two fifties

Williamson's rare failure

24

The number of innings since Williamson was last dismissed for a single-digit score in ODIs, v Wi in December 2013

Hamilton chases

2-3

Record for teams chasing targets of 275 or more in ODIs in Hamilton. New Zealand have a 2-1 record here in such chases

Consecutive centuries

2

Number of Bangladesh batsmen who've scored hundreds in successive ODIs - Shahriar Nafees (v Zim, 2006), and Mahmudullah

Mahmudullah's hot streak

3

Successive 50-plus scores for Mahmudullah. Before this game, he scored 62 v Scotland and 103 v England

A sudden spurt

62

Runs scored by Bangladesh in seven overs between the 8th and the 14th. In the first seven overs they scored 8

Where are the runs?

4

Bangladesh's score after 5 overs, the 2nd-lowest in an ODI v New Zealand since 2002. Lowest - 3/0 by WI in Auckland in 2006

Good in New Zealand

39

Tamim Iqbal's batting average in ODIs in New Zealand, with three fifties in eight innings

Lethal at the start

10

Wickets for NZ's bowlers in the first 10 overs in the World Cup, at an average of 21.20. Southee has 5, and Boult 4

Time for openers to step up

13.75

Bangladesh's average opening stand in this tournament - partnerships of 47, 0, 5, 3