At Chelmsford, May 17. New Zealand won by six wickets. Toss: New Zealand.
On the field, Bangladesh's first World Cup outing proved a rather low-key affair, though you would never have known it from their fanatical support. Several thousand travelled from London to Chelmsford, and their carefree celebrations betrayed no sign of New Zealand's dominance. Bangladesh began feebly, losing the toss, and their first wicket to the third ball of the day. At 51 for seven in the 21st over, they were in danger of going under by lunchtime against New Zealand's customary tight bowling, with Larsen meanest of all. But the tailenders produced some effective slogs, and then rearranged themselves into an even more effective bowling attack. Hasibul Hussain and Manjurul Islam gave New Zealand's batsmen a thorough examination, and they were fortunate to lose only four wickets as they inched to their target of 117.
Man of the Match: G. R. Larsen. Attendance: 4,402.