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.
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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.
Shakib back on again. Surely he can't do it once more?
karthik: "Its upto Dan the Man now.."
Tim Southee enters with NZ still needing 20 off 16
26 off 18 now. Nasir to continue from round the wicket
Ganapathy: "Umpires should consider wearing helmets! That was a brutal hit from Anderson!"
Mahmudullah has been handed the ball now. 33 needed off 24. Game on.
Laohu: "This BD team deserves to get to the finals ."